The late Mary Francis Beckley, a former Juniata student, with a bequest of $24,000, established Juniata's left-handed scholarship in 1979, worth $1,000 to $1,500 a year to lefties. The story behind Juniata's "lefty" scholarship dates back to 1919 when Mary Francis, a student taking tennis classes, was paired with fellow student, Frederick Beckley. Their coaches must not have been able to envision the young duo as professional tennis players, although left-handedness is seen as an advantage in tennis.
Juniata's left-handed scholarship has helped emancipate lefties from marginalization due in large part because the unique financial aid package has been featured in such media outlets as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the "Today Show" on NBC-TV and the Philadelphia Inquirer.The Beckley scholarship is open to any student who demonstrates financial need as well as academic success. The only stipulation for the scholarship is that the student is left-handed.For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
Award Amount: $6,000
Essay required: Yes