Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania is the only college in the United States to offer a scholarship specifically for left-handed people. The college awards the Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Scholarship yearly, and the scholarship gives between $1,000 and $1,500 per recipient.
The school encourages left-handed sophomores, juniors and seniors with demonstrated financial need and academic success to apply for the scholarship, which Mary Frances Beckley established in 1979 with a $24,000 donation to the school. Since 1979, over 40 students have benefited from the scholarship.
While this is the only scholarship reserved specifically for lefties, left-handed students also have access to the general financial aid opportunities offered through individual universities, the federal government and private lending institutions.
Schools offer scholarships based on a student's academic success, financial need, minority status, background and other factors. Information about scholarship opportunities at specific schools is available through the school's financial aid office.
To qualify for federal financial aid, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application requires information about assets and income from students and their parents before granting access to federal funding programs like Pell Grants, Federal Direct Loans and TEACH Grants. Many schools require this completed form as well in order to gauge a student's financial need before granting private scholarships.