Strange Scholarships

Weird Scholarships

Financial assistance for deserving applicants comes in many forms. There are the highly sought after ‘scholarships’ of different kinds which do not have very stringent eligibility requirements like the ‘grants’. Further, there are many types of loans available which have further easier requirements but are unpopular with the applicants because of the fact that by taking this option, the students will have to pay a debt later on. One of the most interesting types of financial assistance opportunities come in the form of weird scholarships. These are scholarships that are for reasons which are simply weird.

Weird scholarships include all the scholarships that are for non-traditional reasons. Let us take a look at some of the scholarship opportunities that are available.

  • Are you known for your height? If you are a male who is at least 6 feet 2 inches or a female who is at least 5 feet 10 inches then you can qualify for the Tall Clubs International Scholarship which is worth $1,000.
  • Do you think that you can create prom outfits out of just duct tape? If your answer is yes then you are eligible for $3,000 provided by the Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck on Prom Contest.
  • The American Welding Society provides scholarships for prospective welders or applicants who are good at welding.
  • If you are good at the art of vacuum coating then you can win $2,500 provided by the Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation.
  • Left-handers are also eligible for many special scholarships like the Frederick and Mary F. Beckley scholarship.
  • Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest is for people who love calling ducks and provides an amount of $2,000.
  • We enlisted a scholarship opportunity for tall people earlier. What about dwarfs? Yes dwarfs can benefit from the Billy Barty Foundation scholarship.
  • Are you a vegetarian? If your answer is yes then you are eligible for the Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship which is worth $5,000.
  • This is going to be a little funny but is your last name Gatling or Gatlin? Well you guessed it; you are eligible for a scholarship called John Gatling Scholarship. Another one of these is the Zolp scholarship which is for Catholics with the last name zolp.

This was a review of some of the weird scholarships that are available. There are many more scholarships of this sort available on the internet and through other listings. It is certainly not weird to take your chances with weird scholarships.

Strange Scholarships to Pay for College

Strange Scholarships to Pay for College

Strange Scholarships to Pay for College

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.

How to Pay for College through Strange Scholarships

How to Pay for College through Strange Scholarships

How to Pay for College through Strange Scholarships

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Strange Scholarships—All About Scholarships with Unusual Criteria

Strange Scholarships

Strange Scholarships

There are thousands of programs providing help to students to complete their college education. These scholarships are awarded based on varying criteria. Some scholarships will require you to have excellent academic background while others will provide assistance on basis of sporting excellence, and yet others may award scholarships based on you ethnicity, but there are some scholarships that have criteria different from normal scholarships. These scholarships can help provide aid to students who do not qualify for any other type of scholarship. Some of such scholarship programs are explained in this article.

International Boar Semen (IBS) Scholarship provides aid to students who are interested in swine management. You must have a hobby of keeping pigs to qualify for this scholars Strange Scholarship. More information can be viewed on their website

Tall Clubs International awards $ 1000 scholarships to students with good height. Males over 6’2″ and females above 5’8″ qualify for these scholarships. You can get more information on their website

Klingon Language Institute awards $500 scholarships to students through a lucky draw.  The institute aims at promoting Klingon language but fluency in Klingon is not a requirement for the scholarship. Their URL is

The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance awards scholarships to fat people. The amount of the scholarship award is up to $1000. There website is

The Little People of America is an organization that awards scholarships to short people. The amount awarded ranges from $250 to $1000. To qualify for these scholarships applicants must be 4’10” or shorter. Their website is

The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) awards numerous scholarships to students who were distinguished bowlers in high school. You can get more information on their website

Vegetarian Resource Group awards two $5000 scholarships each year. To qualify for these scholarships students must exemplify a healthy lifestyle and must also have promoted vegetarianism within their community. Their website is www.

Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund offers scholarships ranging  from $1,500 to $7,500 per year to students who have served at least two years as caddies, helpers in the pro shop or course superintendent operations at a club in Massachusetts. Detailed information is available on their website

Youth Leadership awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000, these scholarships are awarded to students who are registered organ donors and who actively promote organ donation. Their website is

In addition to the above mentioned programs you can find many other programs on the internet that have strange qualification criteria.