Do you regularly find yourself wondering why you are unable to reach the cabinets without a step stool? Are you always looking up at other people because they are taller than you? If so, you may be excited to learn that there are several scholarships available for short people.
Little People of America Scholarship is open to students who are shorter than average. This award provides funding worth $250 to $1,000 to students who are 4 feet and ten inches or shorter. Sometimes, awards of more than $1,000 are offered. Alternatively, they can be the sibling or child of someone who qualifies as having a short stature. While many people shorter than this meet the criteria for dwarfism, this diagnosis is not required in order to be eligible for the scholarship. There are over two hundred medical conditions that can cause dwarfism.
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The LPA scholarships program is spearheaded by the Program Director of LPA. Scholarships are awarded based on a priority hierarchy. First, awards are given to LPA members who have dwarfism as a medical diagnosis. Secondly, the scholarships go to immediate family members of the person who has dwarfism, and lastly, people who are diagnosed with dwarfism who are non-members of LPA are awarded the scholarships.
These awards are time limited. Undergraduates are eligible for two awards during their graduate studies. Graduate students are limited to a one time award to help defray the cost of their studies. In order to be considered for this award, students are required to obtain letters of recommendation. It prompts recommenders to indicate how well they know the student and to rate the student’s level of activity in their local LPA chapter.
In addition to the recommendation form, students must submit a complete application prior to the April 22nd deadline. Applications that are incomplete will be automatically rejected, so be sure to make sure that the foundation has received all your materials! In addition, a personal statement is required. Interested applications should make sure to spell check and to write a thank you letter if offered the award. For more information, please see the following website: http://www.lpaonline.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=184.
In addition to this award, the Little People of America also offer several other scholarships to students who are short in stature and who are disabled. Some of these scholarships include: Team jack Travel Fund for Metatrophic Dysplasia, Adoption Assistance Grants, College Resources for Disabled Students, and College and Vocational Scholarships. While LPA appears to be the only source of scholarships geared towards people who are shorter than average, short people can also consider other funding types.
First, students may want to complete the FAFSA to see whether they qualify for any federal or state funding opportunities. Additionally, students should consider checking with their college or university financial aid office. Many individual departments also offer scholarships. Lastly, short students with medical conditions may want to consider looking into scholarships for students with medical conditions and/or scholarships for disabled students.
Author: Jeff Gitlen
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