Home Experts Experts Free Quotes Coupons Special Offers Articles Forums Blogs Join Us

hand titleSavism University -> Finance -> Education Planning
Scholarships: The Top 10 Strangest Ways to Pay for College

Art Of Saving articles


Pending lawsuits against 30 banks over overdraft fees.
Personal Finance 

Single people have different retirement planning priorities
Financial Planning 

Art Of Saving Launches National Savings Day
Personal Finance 

Need an Answer? Ask Savism Experts!
Financial Planning 

Jobless rate hits 3-1/2-year high in May

View All Articles by Art Of Saving

Education Planning Articles


Ways to Save for Your Child’s College Education
Tracey Clayton

Is a Roth IRA Conversion Right for Me
Thomas J. Hartfield

Guide for Students and New Grads
Amanda Gleason

View All Education Planning Articles

Recent Articles


Mason Baxter: Euro Banks to Allocate More Funds to Cover Bad Debt

Sapporo International: Bank of Japan Faces Growing Concern

Building Dreams, One Home at a Time
Real Estate

How to Protect your Car
Personal Finance

Ways to Save for Your Child’s College Education
Education Planning

View More Recent Articles

Most Popular Articles


File Taxes for Free – It’s Easy as 1-2-3!
Tax Planning

When is the Dog Deductible?
Tax Planning

Health Insurance Explained

Beware of paying for a credit fix: It's a scam
Home Loans

Roth IRA Basics and Benefits
Retirement Planning

View Other Popular Articles

Ask Savism Experts

Lower Your Bills, Establish New Services, Find Service Professionals!


ArtOfSaving Get a free quota


Find an Event

Fairs, Workshops, Seminars...


Write a New ArticleSavism University Article

Scholarships: The Top 10 Strangest Ways to Pay for College

Category: Education Planning

Scholarships are a great way to pay for college education. The problem is that scholarships are typically merit-based, which means they are usually reserved for students with 4.0 GPAs or star athletes. Thankfully, there are scholarships that rely on other kinds of distinction. Some of these scholarships might be called "non-traditional"; others are downright strange. Here's a list of ten of the more unusual ones out there.

1. The Patrick Kerr Skateboarding Scholarship. You remember when your mother told you that skateboarding was a waste of time? Well, not anymore. Any high school senior-skateboarder with a 2.5 GPA and serious plans on attending college can apply for one of four scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 dollars each.

2. Carnegie Mellon University Bagpipe Scholarship. This scholarship is truly one-of-a-kind - literally. Carnegie Mellon University awards exactly one applicant every year a $7,000 scholarship to study bagpipe. William Wallace would be proud.

3. Chick&Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Scholarship. This scholarship needs no explanation. If you know how to call ducks, get yourself down to Stuttgart, Arkansas, to compete for a $1,500 prize for college.

4. The Klingon Language Institute's Kor Memorial Scholarship. Yes, this is a real scholarship based on the popular alien race from Star Trek. The good news is that you don't have to be a Star Trek devotee to be eligible. In fact, you don't even have to speak Klingon. You just need to be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a language or linguistics program at an accredited university.

Incidentally, there are also several Starfleet Academy Scholarships, also of Star-Trek origins, also $500 each. The Starfleet Scholarships are named for popular actors/characters in the television series and include the Dr. Leonard McCoy Medical Scholarship, the Montgomery Scott Engineering Scholarship, the LeVar Burton Educational Scholarship, and the Patrick Stewart Scholarship for the Performing Arts.

5&6. Billy Barty Foundation Scholarship for Dwarfism and the Tall Clubs International Scholarship.Whether you're big - over 6'2" for men, 5'10" for women - or small - 4'10" to be exact, with a medical form of dwarfism - you could be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship. They even have a scholarship for left-handed students at Juanita College. In fact, there's a scholarship for nearly every physical condition - well, almost. I'm still waiting for a scholarship for people who are "big-boned," if you know what I mean...

7. Duct Tape "Stuck at Prom" Scholarship Contest. This scholarship is open to all students who are attending a high school prom. Applicants enter as a couple and attend high school prom wearing complete attire or accessories made from duct tape. The first place prize consists of a $3,000 scholarship for each member of the winning couple and a $3,000 cash prize to the school that hosted the prom.

8. Michigan Llama Association Scholarship. If you're studying veterinary medicine at Michigan State University College, and if you're interested in learning about and working with llamas, you could be eligible for a $500 scholarship sponsored by The Michigan Lama Association.

9. Excellence in Predicting the Future Award. This is not exactly what it sounds like. Any would-be Nostradamus need not apply. Any would-be Alan Greenspan, on the other hand, should. The "Excellence in Predicting the Future Award" is actually a contest for students interested in economics. Participants "buy and sell" future predictions in the manner of buying stocks. A $400 cash gift is awarded every two months by Troy Studios to encourage students to pursue economics or simply to learn more about the world they live in.

And finally...

10. Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation Scholarship. Before you make any snarky remarks about "sucking-up" this scholarship, be advised that it awards $5,000 annually to one lucky student pursuing vacuum coating technology at an accredited university. I don't know about you, but suddenly vacuums seem much more interesting than Klingons or llamas.

The moral of the story? Basically, it's that there are innumerable scholarships out there for potential college students. So whether you are a Trekkie, an aspiring Tony Hawk, a bagpiper, or even if you like ducks or duct tape, there's a scholarship for you. In short, if you can't find a little extra money for college, then, frankly, you're just not trying.

Benjamin Welch has been a college instructor in writing and composition for nearly six years. When he's not teaching or playing golf, he offers financial aid and scholarships advice.

Spread The Word

Rate This Article
RateRateRateRateRate RateRateRateRate RateRateRate RateRate Rate Rate
Comment This Article
Submit Comment
Resources / Become Our Partner
banner banner banner banner banner banner banner
Ask Experts
Savism University
Special Offers
Become a Member
Request Free Quotes
Links - Add Link
Privacy Policy
Business Directory
Blog Directory
Video Directory
National Savings Day
Learn at Lunch
rssfeed RSS Headlines

Add Your Business
Become an Expert
Participate in Discussions
Post New Article
Create a Coupon
Ask a Question
Contact Us
About Us
Site Map
Connect on Twitter
2018 Art Of Saving
Savism, National Savings Day & United We Save are registered trademarks.