Everyone knows students can get scholarships for boring things like academics, athletics, essay writing, and volunteerism, but you shouldn’t stop looking there, because there are some unusual scholarships rewarding some odd things. Whoever endowed these scholarships either needs serious professional help or has a great sense of humor. Either way, who cares? They’ve created more funding opportunities and, as tuition costs rise, any help is appreciated, no matter how wacky. Resourceful student will search out all funding opportunities, but even the most eager might miss one of these oddities.
Are you a fan of Star Trek? Have you taken your love for the show so far that you have learned Klingon? No? Well, don’t worry, you aren’t out of the running for a $500 scholarship offered by the Klingon Language Institute. They award these scholarships to students studying language (any language), but there is no requirement to know Klingon or even be a fan of the show. If you are a Star Trek fan, however, you can apply for a Starfleet scholarship. This is also a $500 award given to students who are members of the Star Trek International Fan Association’s Starfleet. Really.
Don’t worry if you don’t plan on pursuing a career in firefighting. This $2,000 scholarship is offered to graduating high school seniors and all they have to do is read up on fire sprinklers and take a 10 question, open book test about them. What student wouldn’t take advantage of this opportunity?
If you regularly skipped home with all your friends’ marbles, then the National Marbles Tournament Scholarship is right up your alley. To be in the running for one of their many scholarships, you must compete in their four day New Jersey tournament. Winners receive scholarships between $1,000 and $2,000.
After years of mockery and funny looks, you will have the last laugh as your duck calling skills will finally pay off. The contest is held at the end of November in Stuttgart, Arkansas and the best quacker will win a $2,000 scholarship. There are also scholarship awards for the second, third, and fourth place duck callers ranging from $500 to $1,000.
“Stuck at Prom” Scholarship
Going to prom in a duct tape outfit is no longer a cry for help or attention. Now it can mean hard cash. The “Stuck at Prom” Scholarship awards $3,000 to the best duct tape prom dress design. You must design and make the dress yourself and, here’s the kicker, you have to wear it to your prom. Winners will be determined based on originality, amount of duct tape used, and workmanship. If your educational future is more important than wearing a frilly dress, then this is an award for you.
Didn’t see anything that fit your particular talent and interest? Search around on scholarship sites and you might find cash for anything from your unusual height, to your enthusiasm for nudism, to your last name, or even your passion for playing sports and drinking milk. Really.