Bizarre College Scholarships You Didn’t Know Existed

You’ve taken the ACT, started filling out applications, researched college campuses and narrowed down your choices. Now, you’re sitting at home in front of the computer searching for scholarships to help pay for your education. You find the typical needs, gender, ethnic group and subject-based scholarships, but if you look harder, you will find scholarships that are a bit out-of-the-ordinary. In fact, some scholarships border on the bizarre.

Are You Ready for Something Completely Different?

Duck Brand Duct Tape sponsors the Stuck at Prom Scholarship. Applicants must be 14 years of age or older and legal residents of the United States or Canada. To qualify, applicants must make every piece of their high school prom outfit out of Duck Brand Duct Tape and submit a photo of themselves wearing their creations. Entries are judged on originality, workmanship, accessories and use of colors. Awards range from $500 to $5,000.

If you live near Stuttgart, Arkansas, you can apply for the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Scholarship. Graduating high school seniors are eligible to apply. There’s good news and bad news about this scholarship. The good news is that the number of applicants is small. The bad news is that applicants have to enter Stuttgart’s yearly duck calling contest in November. Awards range from $500 to $2,000.

FMC Agricultural Solutions sponsors the Stand and Be Heard Scholarship. To apply, applicants must be members of a nationally recognized agricultural-related organization, such as 4-H, NAMA or FFA. They must also submit a video performance of themselves singing the National Anthem. Awards range from $5,000 to $10,000.

Paintball, Knitting and Greeting Cards

The Bob Gurnsey Scholarship is open to senior high school students who have a 3.0 G.P.A. or higher and have been accepted as full-time students into a two- or four-year accredited college. Applicants also have to be current paintball players. Awards range from $500 to $2,500.

Sponsored by Jimmy Beans Wool, the Beans for Brains Scholarship is open to any student who attends an accredited institution. Applicants must know how to knit or crochet, provide a photo or original pattern of a recent project and allow Jimmy Beans Wool to use the photo in their own media venues. The award is $2,250.

The Gallery Collection sponsors the Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship. Applicants create and submit original artwork, computer graphic or photo of the front of a greeting card. High school, college and university students enrolled in a degree or diploma program are eligible. The award is $10,000.

Sometimes, You Just Have to Be You

Some scholarships simply ask that you be yourself. Tall Clubs International (TCI) sponsors a scholarship for first year college students who meet the club’s height requirements. Men have to 6’2” or taller and women 5’10” or taller. The Billy Barty Foundation awards scholarships to students who are 4’10” or under and have medically proven dwarfism. The Vegetarian Resource Group sponsored scholarship accepts applications from vegetarians who promote vegetarianism in the local community or school. The Van Valkenburg Memorial Scholarship is given only to documented descendants of Lambert and Annetje Van Valkenburg.