To the vast majority of the population, right-handedness is normal, which is why most products are designed for right-handed individuals. If you are looking for an extra boost to your finances for being right-handed, you are out of luck. Because right-handed people are a super-majority, it is unlikely someone would feel the need to offer a scholarship for this physical characteristic.
Right-handed people comprise up to 90 percent of the population, according to Amanda Onion of ABC News. Though left-handed people are a minority, even they have almost no grants or scholarships available to them -- only one exists specifically for the left-handed, at the time of publication. In general, grants and scholarships reserved for a certain demographic usually go to people with some sort of achievement or merit, or who come from a disadvantaged background, such as an orphan.
Frederick and Mary Beckley Scholarship
The closest thing to a scholarship for right-handedness is the Frederick and Mary Beckley Scholarship at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Technically, this scholarship only goes to left-handed individuals. However, you can be ambidextrous and qualify for this award. The award varies from $1,000 to $1,500. More than 40 people have claimed this scholarship since 1979, so you must have excellent grades and have a financial need to beat out the competition.
Instead of searching for grants for being right-handed, you'd probably do better applying to a broader spectrum of grants and scholarships. If you have high grades, you probably qualify for most scholarships. Even if you have no extraordinary talent, you can still compete and beat competition with high qualifications. For instance, you might write a great essay that sways a scholarship committee's decision.
It never hurts to ask your financial aid office about right-handed grants. One possible area where you might receive a scholarship for being right-handed is sports, especially baseball. Baseball coaches often pick players based on which hand they use. A coach that expects to play against mostly right-handed pitchers, for instance, might want a right-handed batter and offer a scholarship to play for the team.
Russell Huebsch has written freelance articles covering a range of topics from basketball to politics in print and online publications. He graduated from Baylor University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.