10 College Scholarships for Twins

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Many parents find paying for college trouble enough, never mind paying for college for two children simultaneously. This, however, is the challenge facing twins and their parents. Helping ease the burden of financing two college educations at once are a handful of scholarships for twins, along with some colleges that offer discounts to twins attending their institutions. 

 

10 College Scholarships for Twins

 

1. Twins Days Andrew R. Miller Memorial Scholarship Festival Scholarship

 

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: July 2022 

Eligibility:  

  • Twins or multiples who have registered and attended three of the last five Twins Days Festival and are registered for the current year’s festival
  • Parents of twins or multiples who have registered and attended three of the last five Twins Days Festival and are registered for the current festival
  • A resident of the City of Twinsburg and Twinsburg Township, Ohio
  • Citizen of the U.S. or its territories 

Application Requirements: Entering their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of a two-year or four-year post-secondary education at a college, technical, or trade school, or entering the first year of post-secondary education after hiatus from graduating high school 

 

Attendees to the largest annual gathering of twins and multiples in the world—the Twins Day Festival, in Twinsburg, Ohio—are on their way to qualifying for this generous scholarship for twins. The award honors its namesake’s four decades of commitment to the Twins Day Festival and its celebration of twins, multiple births, and the community of Twinsburg, Ohio.

 

2. Southern California Mothers of Multiples Club (SCMOMC) Scholarships

 

Amount: Between $250 and $1,500

Deadline: February 2022 

Eligibility:  

  • Multiple birth students—twins, triplets, or higher—or a Mother of Multiples
  • Live in Southern California or Clark County, NV
  • A senior in high school with plans to attend college, university, trade, or vocational school; currently attending college, university, trade, or vocational school; or a mother of multiples currently attending or planning to attend a college, university, trade, or vocational school

Application Requirements:

  • Essay 
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Transcript 

 

Since 1987, the SCMOMC has awarded more than 50 scholarships to twins and multiple-birth students and mothers of multiples, with awards presented at the organization’s conventions. Twins may apply for the scholarship together or individually. 

 

3. Greater St Louis Mothers of Twins Club Scholarships 

 

Amount: Varies 

Deadline:  February 2022

Eligibility:  

  • Multiple-birth children graduating high school and continuing their education in college, junior college, or a professional trade school
  • A resident of St. Louis, MO-IL metropolitan statistical areas (MSA)—this includes the City of St. Louis; the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis, Warren, Washington, and Crawford; along with the Southern Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair (the Metro East)

Application Requirements:

  • Official transcript 
  • Two letters of recommendation (not from relatives)
  • Copies of birth certificates or other official documentation showing the applicant is a multiple-birth child
  • 300-word (or less) essay on “What advice would I give to the parents of multiples?”

 

The Greater St Louis Mothers of Twins Club awards two scholarships annually to multiple-birth students planning to pursue post-secondary education after graduating high school. The amount of the award varies, but the factors used to determine recipients remain consistent: academic achievement, leadership, and citizenship, as well as an essay and recommendations, all figure into selecting a winner.  

 

4. Multiples of Illinois Scholarship

 

Amount: $150-$250

Deadline: September 1, 2021   

Eligibility:  

  • Child of a current Multiples of Illinois member, or a mother/father of multiples
  • Parent must demonstrate participation (past and present) in Multiples of Illinois, local mothers/parents of multiples club, or other community activities
  • Not a winner of the past year’s scholarship
  • “C” or better grade average

Application Requirements: Proof of enrollment at a post-high school program, trade/technical school, or college/university

 

Not exactly a scholarship for twins, rather, the Multiples of Illinois Scholarship awards two $250 scholarships to the children of a member of the Multiples of Illinois, and five $150 scholarships to members who are the mothers or fathers of multiples. Recipients are requested to attend a luncheon for a formal scholarship presentation. 

 

5. Lake Erie College Twin Scholarship 

 

Amount:  Equal to one-half tuition for each twin

Deadline: N/A 

Eligibility: Acceptance of both twins to Lake Erie College   

 

Lake Erie College reduces the expense of sending twins to school through its Twin Scholarship, which effectively enables both twins to attend Lake Erie College for the price of one. The Twin Scholarship is just one of the ways in which the college awarded more than $14 million last year. The Twin Scholarship is given in lieu of a merit award, however, if a twin is eligible for a higher merit award, they’re given that.

 

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6. Julia Catherine Niswender Endowed TWIN Scholarship

 

Amount: $500

Deadline: N/A  

Eligibility: 

  • A twin or multiple-birth student 
  • An undergraduate at Eastern Michigan University 

Application Requirements:

  • One- to two-page essay on the meaning of being a twin 
  • A brief resume that details the applicant’s academic history, employment experience, volunteer activities, and special recognitions
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

 

The Julia Catherine Niswender Endowed TWIN Scholarship was created in 2013 after its namesake—who was pursuing a degree in Electronic Media and Film Studies at Eastern Michigan University—had her life taken. In the absence of twin or multiple-birth applicants, the scholarship may be awarded to a student with an interest in social media or broadcasting.

 

7. Layton Frazier McKinley Scholarship 

 

Amount: Varies

Deadline: N/A 

Eligibility:  

  • Preference is given to twins, particularly identical twins
  • Preference for Accounting majors 
  • Students enrolled at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University
  • Minimum 3.3 GPA

 

Students studying at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business know the value of a dollar—you don’t have to ace accounting to know that this award will help lessen the cost of college—which is why they’ll want to apply for this great scholarship that prioritizes twins.

 

8. Wilson College Twins and Triplets Scholarship

 

Amount: 45% of tuition for each student

Deadline: N/A

Eligibility: Twins and triplets attending Wilson College full-time (priority is given to students who live on campus)

 

Wilson College, a small liberal arts school in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, makes an appealing offer to twins and triplets: reduced tuition. Through the Wilson College Twins and Triplets Scholarship, one set of twins and one set of triplets are awarded 45% of tuition for each child every year. Provided the recipients maintain satisfactory academic progress, they may receive this award for up to four years. 

 

9. Northeast Oklahoma A&M (NEO) Twin/Triplet Room Waiver 

 

Amount: Room waiver

Deadline: N/A 

Eligibility: Both twins or all three triplets must attend NEO, but they are not required to share a room

 

Although the Northeast Oklahoma A&M Twin/Triplet Room Waiver isn’t exactly a scholarship, it’s a great way for multiple-birth students to save some money at this two-year residential college. Considering that the rate for a double traditional room at NEO is $1,150 per semester, that’s $2,300 for twins and $3,450 for triplets!

 

10. Quinnipiac Multiple-Sibling Award

 

Amount: $2,000 per sibling

Deadline: N/A 

Eligibility: Attending Quinnipiac as an undergraduate or graduate student concurrently with a sibling  

 

The Quinnipiac Multiple-Sibling Award isn’t a scholarship and isn’t twin specific, but it is a great opportunity for twins and multiple-birth students to lower the cost of attending college at Quinnipiac University—the private institution in the New Haven suburb of Hamden, Connecticut. Siblings, such as twins, are eligible for a $2,000 award every year they are enrolled full-time concurrently.  

 

11. CollegeVine Scholarships

 

Amount: Up to $500

Deadline: Weekly

Eligibility: High school student and US resident

Application Requirements: create a free CollegeVine account 


CollegeVine awards weekly scholarships of up to $500—no matter if you’re a triplet, twin, or only child. All you have to do to qualify is join our free admissions platform and earn karma, the free CollegeVine “currency.” Karma is earned by reviewing essays through our Peer Review tool and answering questions in our Community Forums and can be bid to enter our scholarship drawing. If you don’t win, that karma is returned so you can “spend” it on essay reviews and expert advice. Awards are paid directly to students to help them cover any college costs. Learn more about the CollegeVine scholarships.

 

Tips for Applying to Scholarships

 

Scholarships are an increasingly popular method to control college costs and competition for them is often fierce—however, there are some strategies that can improve your odds of winning an award:

 

  • Understand what makes you unique. Knowing this, you can seek out scholarships tailored to what makes you unique—such as being a twin, an accomplished violin player, a competitive fencer, or even something as simple as hailing from a small town. Smaller niche awards don’t have the big payday of larger national scholarships, but there is significantly less competition. 
  • Know your strengths and what makes you stand out. Highlight these characteristics in scholarship applications and essays to put yourself in the best light and to stand out from crowded fields of applicants.
  • Clean up your online profile. Before awarding you a scholarship, most providers are going to look you up online. This makes scrubbing your social media of anything potentially embarrassing or inappropriate a sound strategy. If you have a LinkedIn, it should look professional, but it’s recommended to take a conservative approach on all your social channels.
  • Treat it like a job. Earning scholarships comes with a financial incentive, a lot like a job, so treat it as such. Set aside a few hours every week—like a shift—to devote to working on scholarships, whether it’s researching, gathering information for, or applying to them.

 

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A graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in English, Tim Peck currently lives in Concord, New Hampshire, where he balances a freelance writing career with the needs of his two Australian Shepherds to play outside.

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