Most of the students are not able to get any financial aid from their parents to fund their studies, so some kind of financial aid is becoming a necessity for most students in order to pay for their education expenses. All students wish they can get a scholarship to fund their studies, as scholarship money does not have to be paid back. There is varying criteria for award of scholarships all over the world; some scholarships are awarded based on high GPA, some on basis of athletic performance and yet other on basis of financial need. However there are some scholarship programs that have unusual criteria of qualifying for financial aid. I will discuss some of such programs in this article.
- The Patrick Kerr Skateboard scholarship program awards scholarships to students who skate. One $5000 scholarships and three $1000 scholarships are awarded by the association every year. You can see detailed information at their website www.skateboardscholarship.org
- The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (AASEV) awards scholarships to students who are interested to join fields relating to the grape and wine industry. The scholarship amount varies each year. Their website is www.asev.org/scholarship-program.
- The Scholar-Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year award provides aid to students who have what it takes to sport the famous milk mustache. Theses scholarships help twenty five students pay for college every year. The amount of the award is up to $7500. Winners also get a trip to Disney Wide World of Sports’ Milk House in Orlando, FL and an induction into the Milk House Hall of Fame. You can get more information on their website www.sammy.bodybymilk.com.
- The Arabian Horse Foundation offers a scholarship programs named in remembrance of William Zekan. The program provides financial assistance of $2500 to horse lovers. More information can be obtained from their website www.arabianhorsefoundation.org.
- There is an organization that helps tall students pay for college. These scholarships are awarded by Tall Clubs International. Males over 6’2″ and females above 5’8″ are eligible to apply for this $1000 scholarship
In addition to the above mentioned unusual scholarship programs there hundreds of other unusual scholarships. There are scholarships for fat people, for short people or for people who speak a particular language, and numerous other scholarships based on unusual criteria. You can find all such scholarships on scholarship search sites.
You may also search for normal types of scholarships that you qualify for on these search engines. Most of these search engines will provide you with the facility of searching for a scholarship according to you own academic background and your own skills.