Using Unusual Scholarships To Fund Your Education

In these tough times when education costs are escalating by the day, scholarships are a welcome relief for students and parents alike. The good thing about a scholarship is that unlike student loans, it need not be repaid. Usually scholarships are available for those students that have outstanding academic or athletic abilities. However, now colleges and lots of private sponsors continue to launch scholarships with weird eligibility criteria. These scholarships are collectively referred to as unusual scholarships.

If you possess unique or even weird skills, characteristics, talents or interests, you can use these abilities to pay for your education with unusual scholarships. There exists a wide range of unusual skills for you to explore. For instance, you can qualify for a scholarship if you are left-handed, if you are a twin or even if you are a vegetarian. In fact, just about anything unusual might win you a scholarship in the world of wacky scholarships.

Although quite a few in number, unusual scholarships manage to garner a lot of attention because of their offbeat nature. The most well-known of these scholarships is the $1000 worth Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Scholarship available exclusively for left-handed students who are either already enrolled or will be attending the Juniata College.

Unusual ScholarshipsPerhaps the weirdest scholarships are the one offered by the Duck brand duct tape to students who are aged 14 years or older and who are US citizens. While attending the high school prom held during the spring, applicants are required to don attire and accessories created from duct tape. If a couple manages to qualify, each member will receive a scholarship of $2,500 in addition to $2,500 in cash for the school which hosts the prom.

If you are committed to raising awareness about organ donation and transplantation, you may qualify for two scholarships amounting to $1,500. There are also unusual scholarships worth $1000 and $2000 available for knitting enthusiasts. Although the eligibility criteria for the $7,500 worth milk mustache scholarship emphasizes regular consumption of milk, it also stresses that candidates must excel in athletics and academics along with notable leadership skills and interest in community service.

Then there are numerous unusual scholarships available for students who are:

• Blue-eyed
• Overweight
• Woodworkers
• Teenage mothers
• Animal lovers
• Beef eaters
• Jamaican citizens
• Asthma patients
• Bird watchers
• Cartoonists
• Star Trek fans
• Gospel musicians
• Cheerleaders
• Expert bowlers
• Accordion players

This list is just the tip of the iceberg. In reality, there are lots such weird scholarships and new ones being added on a regular basis. Even though some of these scholarships may only have small amounts like $500, it adds up to a good amount if you manage to win a bunch of them.

So as you can see, you can check out innumerable unusual scholarships to help pay for your higher education. Of course, there will always be folks who ridicule these weird scholarships. But simply consider how many students benefit from such bizarre schemes and you will understand this is no laughing matter after all. So don’t get upset about not getting a scholarship just because you do not have a high GPA; there are plenty of high-paying unusual scholarships out there for ‘differently talented’ students like you!

50 thoughts on “Using Unusual Scholarships To Fund Your Education”

  1. I am having many difficulties finding additional aid to help pay for my college expenses. I am looking for any and all scholarships that may help me reach my career goals.

  2. Please send me details on how to apply for an unusual scholarship. I will be entering college in fall 2010. Thank you so much!

  3. Would love any information on how to apply for some wacky scholarships. I just started university and I have to pay my own way.

  4. I’m already a CNA, and I’m really needing help for college to pursue my career as a RN. Will be attending college fall of 2010. Thank you so much!

  5. I would like some information on unusual scholarships. I had surgery on both my legs because one of them was longer than the other, does that count as one?

  6. I am looking for a scholarship for a private christian school for a friend of mine for her son. Her son is a teriffic writer and entering the 8th grade next year. He has already sold a bunch of his stories to his classmates and wants to start a website to sell his stories with my son. He is a very bright child, but he falls into the catagory of his parents make just over the line to get a disadvantaged scholarship. Any bit can help. please, any info can help.

  7. I will be applying to universities this year, and have been working part time for the past year and a half, saving up money post-secondary education.
    I dont have blue eyes, but i have a very unusual brown/red/copper hair colour haha.
    Are there any scholarships for that?
    I would love to get more information on these unusual scholarships!
    Thank you!

  8. Please send me information on the Unusual Scholarships. I will be entering college in fall 2010. Thanks so much!

  9. I will be entering college this fall and would love some information on how to apply for these scholarship. Thank you very much, it would be very appreciated.

  10. looking for the redhead scholarship info. Can it be emailed, or am I supposed to be able to find it on here somewhere?

  11. I am a vary unusual person that really deserves to have this scholarship. I would like to have more infomation on how to apply for this scholarship

  12. Please send me information! Especially about eye color (blue), hair color (red), and talented abilities (singing). I appreciate it!!

  13. I am looking for scholarships for being left handed, being a natural red head, and for being a cheerleader. If you could help me find those scholarships, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

  14. May I have a list of scholarships that frequently go unclaimed or are hard to find?

  15. I am looking for scholarships for being a black belt in Tae Kwon-Do, having blue eyes, or making yard ornaments. I would appreciate the help!

  16. I am a white male, 28 years old, blue eyes, volunteer coach of varsity basketball and cross country, a full-time preaching minister, married (only once) with one son age of 13 weeks (3 months), I have brown hair, am 5’10”, I have been at the same job for 2 years. I will take information on any available scholarship.

  17. I am attending an online graduate school to receive a Master of Arts in Religion in Biblical Studies. Liberty Theological Seminary in Virginia.

  18. Can you please send me some info on how to apply for these scholarships. I will be attending college i the fall and any help with paying for college will be a blessing. Thanks

  19. ok, i am hooked, please send me information regarding all the unusual scholarships. my last name sounds like inflammation of a disease, pronounced (lite is )as in (itis)

  20. Please send information on how to apply for these scholarships. I am a left-handed engineering major, with an interest in STAR WARS. I start college in the fall.

  21. I would love to have additional information concerning unusual scholarships. I believe that i could apply for many of said scholarships. Please send me information(:

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