College education is expensive and it is difficult for students from middle income group, who are not supported by their parents, to arrange resources to pay for their college education. Financial aid to students is available from many sources in the form of grants, scholarships and student loans. Obviously not all students, who are in need of financial aid, qualify for such scholarships, simply because all students are not high GPA’s, excellent sportsmen or from minority groups (The common criteria for award of scholarships).
There are many strange scholarships available to students that have an unsusal criterion for application. These scholarships are awarded by different clubs, association or companies. Students who do not qualify on competitive scholarship programs can try their luck on such strange scholarships. One such scholarship programs is offered by The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, this association awards $1000 and $500 scholarships to fat students that participate in a competition.
Another example is the $5000 scholarships offered by The Vegetarian Resource Group. The group offers scholarships to students who exemplify a very active and healthy lifestyle, and who have done effort to promote vegetarianism in their society. The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) also offers scholarships for male and female high school bowlers who have shown aspiring talent in bowling. The amount of this award is $1500.
The American Fire Sprinkler Association is yet another example, it offers scholarships to students who write an essay on fire safety and participate in an online test. The amount of the award is $2000.
There are hundreds of similar unusual scholarships that are awarded based on strange criteria. There are scholarships for tall people, for short people, for left hander persons and for persons who speak a particular language. There is another group of scholarships for people who love to keep different animals; one such scholarship is the scholarship for swine keepers which is offered by The International Boar Semen (IBS) Scholarship program, and there is yet another group of scholarships for people who play (not excel in) a particular sport, such as the scholarships for football players and skate boarders.
Students can make use of internet to search for all kinds of strange scholarships. These scholarships can conveniently be searched using scholarship search engines. Some strange scholarships even award scholarships based on lucky draws. Some international students may also qualify for financial aid through such lucky draw scholarship programs.