Cheerleaders are an important part of most collegiate sports. From their cheers and pyramids to their pompoms and megaphones, cheerleaders often are one of the most visible aspects of a collegiate program. In Texas, many schools recognize the importance of cheerleaders and offer scholarships to qualified participants in the program.
Located in Brenham,Texas, Blinn College offers 16 scholarships for cheerleaders as well as one for the Buccaneers’ mascot. Squad members also earn physical education credits. Uniforms, travel and accommodations also are provided for cheerleaders.
Blinn College 902 College Ave. Brenham, TX 77833 979-830-4170 blinn.edu
Midwestern State University
Located in Wichita Falls, MSU awards scholarships of $400-$600 at the end of each semester. Tryouts are held each September. Requirements include attendance at all football games, home soccer, volleyball and basketball games as well as playoff games. Attendance also is required at certain service and philanthropic events. The university provides uniforms and per diem travel expenses.
Midwestern State University 3410 Taft Blvd. Wichita Falls, TX 76308 940-397-4500 mwsu.edu
Navarro College, located in Corsicana, is home to a seven-time national championship cheerleading squad. As of 2010, Navarro offers 20 scholarships of $1,350 each semester to be used for housing. Tryouts are held in April, and approximately 18 men and 12 women are selected. The cheerleading coach maintains control over whether and to whom scholarships are awarded.
Navarro College 3200 W. 7th Ave. Corsicana, TX 751 800-688-2770 navarrocollege.edu
The Southern Belles of Ranger College is comprised of both male and female cheerleaders who perform at basketball games as well as with the dance team in parades and other special events. As of 2010, each member of the squad receives $625 per semester as long as they maintain at least 12 hours each semester. Each member also receives an hour of P.E. credit.
Ranger College 1100 College Circle Ranger, TX 76470 254-647-3234 rangercollege.edu
Tarleton State University
The Texan cheerleaders, located in Stephenville, are awarded scholarships as well as two hours of P.E. credit. Out-of-state tuition waivers are also available. Squad members perform at all home athletic events, some away contests and at pep rallies and civic events. Tryouts are held each May.
Tarleton State University Box T-0080 Stephenville, TX 76402 254-968-0561 tarleton.edu
West Texas A&M University
Located near the scenic Palo Duro Canyon area, WTAMU offers its cheer squad members scholarships based on a staggered system, beginning with $200 for the first year and ending at $500, as of 2010. Squad members are required to cheer at home football, volleyball and basketball games as well as coach a summer clinic and judge area junior and high school tryouts.
West Texas A&M University WTAMU Box 60049 Canyon, TX 79016 806-651-4403 gobuffsgo.com
Allyson Ash has worked in journalism for more than 20 years, covering topics from food to health care to entertainment. She has been published in a variety of newspapers, including the "Dallas Morning News," and on various websites.