In the United States, each 1,000 births result in an average of 33.3 pairs of twins. While this will guarantee the parents all kinds of adorable stories, it also means a greater financial burden due to buying two of everything. If you’re not made of money and still want to send your kids to college, you’ll be glad to know that a decent number of scholarships for twins exist.
A number of options are provided later in this article, although you should be able to find even more by conducting your own Internet search. You’re never limited to the number of scholarships you can apply for, and each success means your twins will be one step closer to getting their college degrees.
What Causes Twins?
First off, it’s important to understand that there are two different types of twins: fraternal and identical. Fraternal twins are born at the same time, but they do not look the same. In fact, fraternal twins can even be of the opposite sex. Identical twins, however, have an almost exact physical appearance.
Fraternal twins are the result of two eggs being fertilized by two separate sperm. Identical twins are the result of one egg being fertilized by one sperm, although the egg splits into two during the zygote stage and causes two embryos to be created.
Some of these twins are fraternal, while others are identical. In either case, you’ve probably heard of them or purchased something they’ve created.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen – As infants, they made their acting debut on TV’s Full House, and they’ve managed to expand their success into the realm of merchandising and fashion design. Their net worth is estimated to be $100 million.
Robin and Maurice Gibb – Part of one of the most successful musical groups of all time, Robin and Maurice Gibb helped found The Bee Gees along with their older brother Barry. They are the only pop group to write, produce and record six #1 albums in a row.
Eppie Lederer and Pauline Phillips – Lederer is better known by the name Ann Landers, as she took over writing the advice column in 1955 following the death of its creator. Phillips, meanwhile, started the “Dear Abby” column in 1956 under the pen name of Abigail Van Buren.
Ronde and Tiki Barber – Identical twins who’ve enjoyed success in the NFL. Tiki played running back for the New York Giants before pursuing a career as a broadcaster, while Ronde has been a Super Bowl-winning cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Allen and Albert Hughes – Filmmaking twins who are best known for co-directing Menace II Society, From Hell, and The Book of Eli. They are also successful screenwriters and producers.
Jim and Jon Hager – Singers and comics who appeared on TV’s Hee Haw from 1969 to 1986. They recorded a total of six albums, as well as appearing on other television shows and posing in Playgirl.
Kelley and Kim Deal – Identical twin sisters who played in alternative band The Breeders. They scored a platinum album with the release of 1993′s Last Splash.
Ronnie and Reggie Kray – Major players in the crime scene of London’s East End during the ’50s and ’60s. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment for their illegal activities. A 1990 film was titled The Krays was based on their lives, with the duo being played by Martin and Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet.
Romulus and Remus – Fictional twin brothers who played an integral part in the myths about the founding of Rome. In one version of the story, Romulus kills his brother for leaping over a wall that served as a boundary.
The Northwest Association of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc.
Founded in 1963, this organization has clubs is several states and even the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is intended for the mother of twins (or other multiple births) and provides information and support. There are currently two higher education scholarships offered by the Northwest Association of Mothers of Twins Clubs:
Gwen Lawson Making Opportunities for More Schooling – Created in 2000, this scholarship assists mothers of multiples who are seeking a college degree.
Shan Pynes Scholarship – Established in 1969, these scholarships are awarded each year to multiple-birth individuals attending college. The deadline to apply each year is on March 1st.
Additional information, as well as a PDF application, are available on the organization’s website, or you can speak to a delegate from the club. The number of yearly scholarships is determined by the amount of money donated to the fund.
Lake Erie College Twins Scholarship
Lake Erie College is located in Painesville, Ohio and it has been in operation for over 155 years. Thirty-seven undergraduate degrees are offered, as well as graduate programs. The Lake Erie College scholarship is available to twins who are attending the university at the same time, and it pays 50 percent of each student’s tuition. This means that both twins can attend the college for the price of one. The scholarship was discontinued in the past but later brought back by popular demand.
Twins Day Festival Scholarship
Held on the first full weekend of August each year, the Twins Day Festival takes place in Twinsburg, Ohio and is open to all multiples and their families. Non-multiples are also welcome, although they’ll be asked to pay a small fee. Each year, one set of qualified twins are selected to receive a $1,000 college scholarship. To be eligible, the twins must be seniors in high school and have registered for and attended three of the previous five festivals.
Bette Ade Scholarship
This is an annual scholarship sponsored by the Texas Mothers of Multiples. It can be applied towards any accredited university or trade school, and scholarships are available both for multiples ($1,000) and their parents ($500). A personal essay is required as part of the process, and the applicant must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Being a twin rewards you with an instant best friend and someone to change places with at opportune moments. It can also mean more money for college thanks to the various scholarships for twins. A surprising number are available, and the hardest part has already been done in the delivery room by your mother.
by Shane Rivers