Money where you might not expect it
When you're looking for scholarship money for college or university, you may feel overwhelmed by the competition for certain awards. Some are open to students worldwide or have extensive qualification requirements that take time to accomplish. Often, by the time you discover them, it's just too late to collect 100 hours of community service or join two school clubs! So just to make sure you cover every possible avenue, why not look around for unusual or weird scholarships? Many of these go unclaimed every year simply because people are unaware of them.
You Can Qualify
Some of the weird or unexpected awards you'll run across include those for left-handed people or teetotalers, or scholarships that have a dress up contest as their qualifier. An oft cited example of an unusual scholarship is the one offered by Tall Club International, which requires applicants to be a minimum of 6 feet 2 inches for a male and 5 feet 10 inches for a female.
While many of these scholarships are offered in the spirit of fun - as a reward for a contest or group membership - they can certainly help get you through school. Remember, whether they're worth $500 or $5000, every little bit helps!
Other Unusual Scholarships
If you find that you don't meet the height requirements for the Tall Club scholarship, there are many other options out there for you to take advantage of. Have a look at a few more unusual awards that could be right for you:
- Chick and Sophie Major's Memorial Duck Calling Contest. A $1500 scholarship is awarded to the best duck caller who participates in this unusual contest.
- The annual "Wear Duct Tape to Your Prom" contest. The Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck on Prom Contest is a $2500 scholarship available to anyone who creates and wears a prom outfit made entirely of duct tape. Couples who dress up together can each win separate scholarships.
- Scholarships for golf caddies. A number of colleges and universities offer these awards, with the condition that those who receive them work as caddies for the institution.
- The Declaration of Independence Scholarship. You could be granted $1500 for this scholarship, if you can trace your roots back to an original signer of this famous document.
- The American Accordion Musicological Society Contest. This competition is held annually (usually in September), and the winner is awarded a $1000 scholarship.
- Harvard Radcliffe Scholarships. These open only to students with the last name Anderson, Baxendale, Borden, Bright or Murphy.
- The Mycological Society of America. All PhD students have to have to qualify for this scholarship is an interest in studying fungus!
These are just a sample of the many unusual scholarships available to students. It's worth the time to look for smaller, unique opportunities that will complement your applications for the larger, more traditional awards. And even if you don't win, at least you'll have had a good laugh!