There are many conventional means of getting financial help for your study efforts. These include merit scholarships, grants, loans, etc. Some offers are however, so extraordinary that they are based on criteria which are often quite unbelievable. Such scholarships are called wacky scholarships and while this word has no meaning in particular, the offers are real and do exist.
Wacky scholarships include scholarships for people who have unique or odd physical characteristics or are special in some other way. There are a number of examples. There are scholarships for left-handers which specifically support talented left-handers. There are scholarships for short people who have been confirmed to be suffering from dwarfism and among other physical attributes which are eligible for weird scholarships include tall people for instance men with a height of above 6 feet 2 inches. There are scholarships for skateboarders or people who have twins or triplets. Vegetarians are eligible for some scholarships too, people who know how to knit and the most interesting of the lot is people who know how do to special things with duct tape.
All this indicates that there is so much money being offered to support people. What is more is that much of the money allotted to these wacky scholarships remains unused because there is no one to claim it. Eligibility criteria vary according to the type of the scholarship and can be stringent for some of the wacky scholarships offered to students like the left-handers scholarship and can be less stringent for some of the other scholarships being offered.
The above mentioned are just a few examples of the available scholarships. The internet is usually a very good source of information regarding such scholarships and must be utilized efficiently. Some specific examples include:
- Alice McArver Ratchford Scholarship for females living on campus without a car.
- Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest for high school students who can call ducks! The prize money is $1,500.
- The Collegiate Inventors Competition awards a new entrant having a great idea or invention and offers a hefty $15,000.
- The Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck At Prom Contest for high school seniors. The money being offered is $3000 and is awarded to the best prom dress designed using duct tape by a student and his date.
- Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Scholarship is for left-handed students and offers an amount of $1000.
You must keep in mind though that competition for such scholarships is not so stiff and you must apply to as many sources as possible.