Did you know that not all scholarships are given out on the basis of your
grade point average or financial need? You can earn a scholarship based on which
hand you write with, a job you've held, being a twin, or going to prom in a
really strange outfit. In the world of "unusual" or "wacky" scholarships,
anything goes. Although some of the criteria to win one of these scholarships
can seem pretty "out there," unusual scholarships can be grouped into some basic
categories based on the stipulations that the scholarship provider makes.
- Awarded based on physical characteristics - If you attend Juniata
College in Pennsylvania, you can receive a scholarship based solely on the hand
you write with...as long as it's your left hand. If you are a female who is at
least 5'10" or a male who is at least 6'2", Tall Clubs International has a
scholarship for you. Students who are twins or triplets may be eligible for
scholarships from various colleges, such as Carl Albert State College in
Oklahoma or Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
- Awarded based on jobs, hobbies, or interests - The Evans Scholars
Foundation gives out about 200 scholarships each year to students who have
worked as golf caddies for at least two years. Students with an interest in the
study of the paranormal may be eligible for a scholarship from the
Parapsychology Foundation. If you refuse to eat meat and try to convince your
friends to do the same, you could win a scholarship from the Vegetarian Resource
- Awarded based on a specific set of criteria - Some scholarship
sponsors establish very specific criteria designed to find a certain type of
student to win an award. For example, a female student planning to attend the
University of North Carolina at Greensboro who will live on campus, has no car,
has never been married, and has financial need can receive a scholarship in the
amount of her financial need.
There are also unusual scholarships that are so wacky that they don't fit
into any of these categories. If you possess the ability to call ducks, for
example, you can compete in the annual duck calling contest in Stuttgart,
Arkansas, and possibly win a scholarship. Students who are willing to go to prom
dressed in an outfit made of duct tape (and have the ability to convince their
date to do the same) could win a scholarship and win their school some money,
too. Don't give up on a scholarship just because you don't have the highest GPA
or a lot of financial need - there are plenty of scholarships out there for a
student just like you!
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