As you might expect from hearing its name, the Tall Club International Scholarship's main qualifier is height. To be specific, girls need to be above 5'10" and boys need to have topped 6'2". In addition, you'll need to be under the age of 21 and attending college for the first time. For a chance at being awarded $1000, contact your nearest TCI club to see if they'll nominate you as their candidate. And be sure to thank your parents for their genes. Conversely, there is also a scholarship offered by the Billy Bart Foundation for those under 4'10" that can provide proof of dwarfism.
First, there's the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. That's right. It's a duck-calling contest that awards college scholarships totaling $4250 to current high school seniors. The competition takes place in November in Stuttgart, Arkansas, so, naturally, it would help if you live near there. Sort of along those lines, or at least having the word "duck" in common, is the Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck on Prom Contest for those less vocally talented and more creatively and courageously inclined. The 2011 winners each received $5,000 in scholarship money just by creating their entire prom outfits out of duct tape.
For starters, there's the Mycological Society of America Scholarship that offers $2,000 to those studying mycology, which is apparently the study of fungi. Or there is one for those studying parapsychology, or a whopping yearly $7,000 scholarship offered to bagpipe majors from Carnegie Mellon University that also provides subsidized kilts.
Star Trek Scholarships
First there is the KLI Academic Award: The Kor Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Klingon Institute. It offers $500 to creative students currently enrolled in college, studying language. Also required is a nomination from department head and letters of recommendation from two other department faculty members. Additionally, there is the Starfleet Academy Scholarship, which requires active Starfleet member for at least a year before applying.
There are scholarships available both for writing and for reading essays. For example, if you're a high school student, you could win a $2,000 scholarship by reading an essay on fire sprinklers and then answering a 10-question open-book test. Just remember to take the test before April of the year you'll be entering college. Or read Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, and write the best essay about it for $10,000. Not interested? Keep looking. Some scholarships you might find are for writing essays on the importance of music or on helping Santa Claus.
As silly as some of these sound, why not give them a shot? For many of the scholarships, the input is minimal and the reward could be substantial.