While academic and athletic scholarships abound, not all students fit into this conventional mold. Fortunately, unusual scholarships are available to fill this gap, offering money students need to make it through their degrees based on the way they look, their individual talents or their creative muscles.
Just being yourself may be able to yield a scholarship. For example, the Tall Clubs International offers a $1,000 scholarship for women 5 feet 10 inches tall and over and for men 6 feet 2 inches tall and over, while the Little People of America (LPA) Scholarship is available for people who are medically diagnosed with drawfism or who have immediate family members who are paid members of the LPA organization. The Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Scholarship provides up to $1,000 for left-handed students who plan to attend Juniata College in Pennsylvania.
Several scholarships are available for employees of food industry businesses, agricultural majors and others who have displayed an interest in food. For example, the National Potato Council awards a $10,000 scholarship to a graduate student doing research that supports the potato industry. The Asparagus Club awards up to ten scholarships for rising juniors, seniors or graduate students who are pursuing a degree in food management, business or other course of study that leads to a career in the grocery industry. Scholarships are up to $1,500 per semester. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association awards supermarket dairy, bakery or deli department employees with a scholarship up to $1,000 if they are studying in a related field.
Students who forsake more traditional clothes on prom day may be awarded with $5,000 if they win the Duck Tape Stuck at Prom Contest. This scholarship encourages couples to wear outfits made from duct tape. Many scholarships feature a writing prompt that lets students flex their creativity in response, including prompts about fire sprinklers for the American Fire Sprinkler Association scholarship, which awards ten scholarships of $2,000 each.
Course of Study
Individuals studying about ghosts, telepathy or psychic powers at an accredited college are eligible for the Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship. One recipient can receive a $3,000 scholarship. Starfleet International awards Starfleet members with scholarships of up to $1,000 for students pursuing an education in select fields, including engineering, veterinary medicine, business management and space exploration.
Forget about a football scholarship. Instead, give a successful duck call on stage and you might be able to receive a scholarship for $2,000. The Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship covers full tuition and housing in an Evans Scholarship House for a candidate with strong caddie experience and who will reside in one of the Evans Scholarship Houses located at select colleges in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon and Wisconsin.
- Tall Clubs International: Scholarships
- Little People of America: An Open Letter from the LPA Scholarship Committee
- Juniata College: Being Left-handed Complement's Juniata's Financial Aid Offerings
- National Potato Council: Scholarship Program
- National Grocers Association: Asparagus Club
- International Dairy Deli Bakery Association: Undergraduate/Graduate Scholarships
- Duck: Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
- American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program: High School Senior Scholarship Contest
- Parapsychology.org: Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship
- Starfleet International: Money for School from Starfleet
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