Thousands of prospective students are looking for additional financial aid for university tuition fees. Without a perfect SAT score or the ability to execute a dash under 4.5 meters, you might find that your chances of getting a scholarship are not very good. However, you might not realize that your weird talent or hobby can make you the perfect candidate for one of these 15 Weird But Real Scholarships.
Has your room been compared to a pigsty? Are you comfortable living in a messy environment? These are not conditions for a scholarship, but these are attributes of the creatures that interest you: pigs! If you are interested in Creatures of Bovine Persuasion, this scholarship is for you; the international wild boar semen exchange (IBS) is available for those interested in pig management. For more information, visit piggene.com/IBS/ibs_home.htm.
The next generation of. . . Klingons
Trekkies, leave your capes, figurines, posters and other souvenirs behind you. Just bring it yourself! The Klingon Language Institute, in an effort to promote the study of languages, awards one lucky winner a Kor Memorial Scholarship of $ 500 – but don’t worry, fluency in Klingon is not a requirement. Check out the requirements for this scholarship at: kli.org/scholarship/.
Think Tall Thoughts
You have the stature of Michael Jordan, but you are about as agile as a water buffalo. It’s okay with Tall Clubs International! Men over 6’2 “and women over 5’8” are encouraged to apply. The reward is also not a small amount (pun intended); Tall.org awards a huge scholarship of $ 1,000 to the winner. For more information see: http://www.tall.org.
For people with reduced mobility, the Billy Barty Foundation offers scholarships to “small” students. Likewise, the Little People of America awards scholarships to students – and their families. To join, members must be 4’10 “and less. The amount of scholarships ranges from $ 250 to $ 1,000. Read all the requirements at: lpaonline.org.
More Trans fat, please!
Say goodbye to cabbage soup, grapefruit only or South Beach diets! The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance encourages “fat people” to apply for one of their two merit-based scholarships. The scholarships, available to existing NAAF members, award $ 1,000 for first place, while the second place prize is $ 500. For more information on scholarships, visit: naafa.org/newevents/shcolarship.html
Calling all vegetable lovers around the world! Two health conscious winners will receive a $ 5,000 scholarship from the Vegetarian Resource Group. But be forewarned: Unless you love your legumes, this scholarship is not for you. Eligible applicants must not only exemplify a healthy lifestyle, but also promote vegetarianism within their community. For more information, visit: vrg.org.
Sk8 at school
Thanks to Tony Hawk and a few scuffs, bruises and breaks, your skateboarding skills may have finally paid off. The Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship Program awards four different scholarships each year. One candidate will receive a scholarship of $ 5,000 and three others will receive $ 1,000. And your mom thought skateboarding would never get you anywhere! Requirements include maintaining at least 2.5 out of 4.0 GPA, being a senior graduate, and a US citizen. Make sure you read all of the skateboardscholarship.org requirements.
A little bubbles, please
Finally, your weakness for wine might serve another purpose – besides the throbbing headache the next day. The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (AASEV) rewards several students for enrolling in scientific fields related to the grape and wine industry. The amount of the scholarship is not predetermined; it varies from year to year. To read the other requirements for this scholarship, go to: asev.org/scholarship-program.
Bowling for dollars
While those college years of bowling alley are over, your knack for winning turkeys can finally pay off. Renewable Scholarship for Distinguished High School Male Bowlers and the Alberta E. Crow Star of Tomorrow, which also offers $ 1,500 in revolving scholarship funds for excellent high school bowlers. Find out more: bowl.com/smart/locateState.aspx.
The Scholar-Athlete’s Milk Mustache Award goes to twenty-five high school graduates who have what it takes to sport the famous milk mustache; winners receive $ 7,500 in scholarships. If that’s not enough, the winners receive a special ad that airs on USA Today. If that’s not enough, winners will receive an all-expense trip to an awards ceremony at the Milk House at Disney Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida, and an induction into the Milk House Hall of Fame. Check out the apps at: sammy.bodybymilk.com.
Give an organ
You signed up to be a organ donor when you received your license. Put that heart on your ID to use! The Students for Organ Donation Youth Leadership award one or two $ 500 to $ 1,000 scholarships to full-time high school or undergraduate college students. Successful candidates actively promote organ donation and transplantation. More criteria to apply for this scholarship can be found at: studentdonor.org.
Tee It Up
You’ve seen them trudging up and down the greens, toting thirty pounds of iron on their backs, and offering tips to improve swings, distance and posture. Finally, they’re due their recognition; Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, founded in 1949, offers anywhere from $ 1,500 to $ 7,500 per year to caddies. Eligible applicants must have served at least two years as caddies, helpers in the pro shop or course superintendent operations at a club in Massachusetts. Read more information: ouimet.org/scholarships/
Color in the Lines
Did you meticulously color in the lines of your coloring books as a child? You may have graduated from crayons to acrylics, but the concept is the same: you’re an artist at heart. Established in 1983, the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrator of the Future contest awards both quarterly and annual scholarships, ranging from $ 1,500 to $ 4,000. Read more: writersofthefuture.com
Hot, Hot, Hot
You’ve heard it, those three little words … in case of a fire: stop, drop and roll to safety. Earning a scholarship from the American Fire Sprinkler Association is almost just as easy; AFSA offers ten $ 2,000 scholarships per year to graduating high school seniors. Requirements include reading an essay and taking an online (and open-book) test. Read more about this sizzling offer on: afsascholarship.org.
The Arabian Horse Foundation offers an annual scholarship of $ 2,500 to one eligibly equine enthusiast. The scholarship, named in remembrance of William Zekan, is offered to horse lovers that demonstrate financial need, are currently either a high school senior or college freshman and can provide two letters of recommendation. For more eligibility criteria: arabianhorsefoundation.org.