High School Powerlifting Association Scholarships (2015)

 

Class of 2015 Powerlifters,

Three of the most established state organizations award scholarships annually to outstanding seniors based on powerlifting success, leadership, character, and financial need. These states are also the largest (by participation) and oldest powerlifting organizations in the country.

 

Scholarships from High School (1)

 

Organization: Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association (WHSPA)

Deadline: December 20th, 2015

Details: This is the inaugural year of awarding scholarships by the WHSPA. The selection process will have several processes including 1) a regional based selection process and 2) an independent committee making the final decisions based on criteria (not exclusively powerlifting related). We are currently unaware of the number of scholarships or monetary amounts (~$1,000 total).

Award Date: March 14-15, State Meet, Necedah, WI

Action Steps:
1. You do not need a nomination from your coach (letting your coach know before applying is highly recommended).
2. You must complete an online form by the deadline (Dec 20).
3. You must complete a concise (500-words) essay on 1) why you desire the grant, 2) how Powerlifting has changed you, and 3) your career goals.

Here is the direct link to application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SjYhHLQBj0IYmdFmNZjIYZn7npkxhtt7hNtM3HXPDz0/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

Organization: Texas High School Powerlifting Association (THSPA) & Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association (THSWPA)

Deadline: Your regional meet (Late February – Early March)

Details:
THSPA – Offers 6 – $1,000 scholarships from each region. Financial need is a factor.
THSWPA – Offers 12 – $500 scholarships. Only one application per school. Financial need is a factor. Transcript is required.

Award Date: THSPA (State Meet, Abilene, March 27-28) & THSWPA (State Meet, Corpus Christi, March 20-21)

Action Steps:
1. Talk with your coach about your interest and financial need in college.
2. Start the process of obtaining three letters of recommendation.
3. Check out the application below. Reminder, this is to be completed and turned in by your coach.

Here are current links on website (may change):
THSPA – http://thspa.us/Documents/Scholarship.pdf
THWPA – http://www.thswpa.com/Documents/THSWPA%20Scholarship%20Application.docx

 

Organization: Louisiana High School Powerlifting Association (LHSPLA)

Deadline: Your regional meet, February 27-28th

Details: The LHSPLA, scholarship program started in 1997 (list of previous awards) and has progressively committed more money to the program as the sport has grown in the state of Louisiana. The LHSPLA is bit more flexible on the number and total of amounts of scholarships each year based on the number of applicants and particular needs in the state. Only one scholarship application per school. Financial need is a factor.

Application states they award 4 – $250 scholarships per year.

Action Steps:
1. Talk with your coach about your interest and financial need in college.
2. Write a first draft of a “paragraph” (>100-word) on why you are applying for the scholarship.
3. Discuss the process of obtaining two (>100-word) “paragraph” with your coach (from coach and teacher).
4. Check out the application below. Reminder, this is to be completed and turned in by your coach (one per school).

Here is current link on website (may change):
http://www.lhspla.org/LHSPLA/FORMS/Scholarship%20Nomination%20Form%20Update%202007.pdf

 

Additional Information

How are monies transferred: I am not sure of the exact details of each, however, most of these organization send money directly to the institution that you have enrolled in.

The next three largest organizations: Mississippi, Michigan, and Pennsylvania do not have scholarship programs at this time (that we are aware of).

If you are a coach, parent, or non-profit from another state and are interested in starting a scholarship program in your area, please send me an email (Trey@PowerliftingHigh.com) and I would love to help you organize an effort to get something started.

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