The truth is that there are thousands of scholarships available for all types of students -- regardless of academic performance. Some are available based on factors such as religious affiliation or civic involvement. Other scholarships are awarded for reasons you might never suspect. Here are just 5 strange reasons you could land a scholarship to pay for your college education:
If you're a woman over 5'10" or a man over 6'2", you could get up to $1,000 from Tall Clubs International. You have to be entering your first year of college, and you have to contact a member of TCI to be sponsored.
If, on the other hand, you are shorter than 4'10", you could also get up to $1,000 a year for your education. You'll have to supply a medical record providing your height, but other than that, there are no special requirements for this scholarship from The Billy Barty Foundation.
Here's another $1,000 scholarship, this time for students who are left handed and who will be attending Juniata College in Huntington, PA. There are two scholarships per year offered under the Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Scholarship program.
This one is more about skill than having an innate characteristic. Students can win up to $5,000 for creating a prom gown or tux out of the famed duct tape in the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest. You'll get money for college and a cool and unique outfit for prom.
There are many more unusual scholarships out there that will give you money for quirky characteristics or skills that you may have. Make sure you search online scholarship databases and talk to your financial aid counselor to find all the opportunities that may be available for you.
What other strange scholarships have you come across in your research? Share your finds in the comments!
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