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Textbooks and Tatami Martial Arts Scholarship

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1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
Apr 15, 2023
Winners Announced
May 15, 2023
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school or undergraduate student
3.0 or higher
Martial arts

The martial arts can help young people develop important skills, such as confidence, discipline, integrity, and strength. 

Unfortunately, martial arts doesn’t get the same level of collegiate support as other sports such as football, soccer, and basketball. As a result, there are too few opportunities and resources for students interested in martial arts. 

This scholarship aims to support students who demonstrate a commitment to both martial arts and academic success.

Any high school or undergraduate student who practices martial arts and has a 3.0 GPA or higher may apply for this scholarship. However, low-income and/or minority students are preferred.

To apply, tell us what lessons martial arts have taught you that you have applied to your life or to school.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published February 11, 2023
Essay Topic

What lessons from martial arts have you learned that you have been able to apply to your life or academics?

0–250 words

Winning Application

Alexis Harvey
Spelman CollegeAtlanta, GA
I have been doing Martial Arts for 16 years, studying the traditional style Okinawan Shuri-Ryu. I have competed in the Martial Arts World Games 2019 in London on the U.S team representing the state of Illinois, winning two silver medals, one in kata and won in weapons, and a gold medal in fighting. I have learned many lesson from martial arts. One of many that stuck with me is no matter who tells you no, as long as you keep working and striving, you will eventually get your yes. I was a brown belt for about five years, winning my divisions and constantly improving; however my sensei would not allow me to test for black belt promotion. Because I have been successful and my improvement was showing, many people noticed and started to watch me, including the system head. He personally invited me to the international symposium to test in front of the national board at the age of 16. No one in our system was allowed to test before the age of 16, but he took a chance on me. It was a three day long test, but in the end I passed, becoming the first person to test and receive my black belt in front of the international board under the age of 16. Now they allow other’s to test starting at the age of 16. This was one the most important lessons I have learned, because from that experience, I earned a spot on the US team.
Jasmine Cortez
Texas State UniversityAustin, TX


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 15, 2023. Winners will be announced on May 15, 2023.

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