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Love a terrier, get a scholarship


Five incoming students at Hiram College in Ohio will be receiving $1,000 scholarships, and all they have to do is prove how much they love terriers.

Through the end of this month, the private liberal arts college will be accepting applications for the “Terrier Scholarships,” which must include a photo or 15-second video that depicts a student’s love for terriers.

“Be creative!” the application advises. “Show us how your terrier is part of your family, a loyal friend or a fast learner. Show us why you love terriers!”

hiramterrierslogoThe terrier, you may have figured out by now, is the school mascot. But school officials say the type of dog also embodies “many of the qualities we love to see in Hiram College students,” including being playful, curious and loyal.

The terrier has been the school mascot since 1928.

Before that the school, founded in 1850 as the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute by members of the Disciples of Christ Church, used the nickname “Farmers,” and later, “Mudhens,” for its sports teams.

In 1928, the nickname “Terriers” was adopted after coach Herb Matthews, speaking at a sports banquet, described Hiram athletics as “a little bull terrier that holds on until the end … No name would seem more appropriate to me than just the Terriers.”

While the school’s mascot is a bull terrier, any breed of terrier is acceptable in the scholarship contest.

hiramterriers2(To the college’s credit, its mascot role is filled by a student in a costume, as opposed to a live animal.)

The college says scholarship submissions should show “what makes terriers special: how they are a part of the family, a best friend, a fast-learner — and more.”

“The Terrier Scholarship is our way of paying tribute to our long-time mascot, the bull terrier, and rewarding prospective students for their creativity and drive to become a Hiram student,” said Vice President of Enrollment Lindajean Heller Western. “We know how special our Terrier is, and now we want to see what makes other terriers great!”

A panel of Hiram media and photography specialists will choose the winners based on the creativity and originality of photo and video submissions. Scholarship recipients will be notified in February 2016.


Comment from Miss Jan
Time December 4, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Playful, curious, loyal – they forgot “tenacious” and “determined”!

As a terrier person from day one I can confirm absolutely that the personal qualities needed to survive in today’s society are those same qualities inherent in terriers. My particular addiction is Jack Russells. I even did a “video application” for a job starring one of my JRTS with a voice over narrative about why “every office needs a Jack Russell Terrier.” (No it is not on YouTube and not likely to be.)

Comment from Pet Regale
Time December 6, 2015 at 9:22 pm

I do enjoy these types of odd-ball scholarships. I remember when I was researching them I found one for people that could predict the future. Whomever had the craziest prediction, that actually came true, was awarded something like $500. I didn’t win but that one was fun applying for.

btw – Your link to the scholarship fund didn’t work. It went to an error page on your own blog instead of to the colleges page.

Comment from John Woestendiek
Time December 7, 2015 at 6:44 am

Thanks for the heads up … link is fixed

Comment from Sarahkate
Time December 7, 2015 at 11:40 am

Yes – oddball scholarships, right! There used to be a scholarship search service (a small charge to use it, pre-internet) and if you answered their 100+ questions they guaranteed you at least a half dozen possibilities to match you. One of the questions was whether you had an ancestor who was a Civil War veteran who had died in action fighting for the Confederacy and I actually had one – which qualified me to apply for not one but several small scholarships. That’s the only time having a family ancestor who fought for the “wrong” side ended up being a positive thing.