Fun & Wacky College Scholarships You Never Knew About

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If you’re planning on attending college this fall or are still a year away from making the transition from high school to university, you may be wondering how you will pay for your education.

After all, the monies your parents socked away in your 529 account will cover only a few courses, your grades won’t qualify you for an academic scholarship, and as far as sports goes you just don’t have the skills to compete at a Division 1 school.

One way that you can get help for school is to apply for scholarships. You know, those financial grants offered by the Woman’s Club, Nurses Guild, or local businesses to help defray some of your costs. Though you may not get all of your expenses covered, that $1000 scholarship from Toastmasters or the $500 “prize” from First National Bank can help.

Not every scholarship is nationally recognized and some are, er, a bit strange. We’ve assembled a list of seven of the more unusual scholarships with links to their sites:

Kor Memorial Scholarship — The Klingon Language Institute is interested in helping students with an academic interest in languages. No, you don’t have to major in Klingonese, but your interest in languages beyond English could net you a $500 scholarship. buy’ ngop!

TCI Clubs International — Women who measure at least 5’10” and men who are 6’2″ or taller are eligible for a college scholarship up to $1000 if they apply to a local club chapter. Formed as a social organization for tall people, TCI’s tallest member is 7’3″.

Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship — Are you just an “average” student? If you have an interest in telecommunications and are already attending Ball State, then this David Letterman scholarship could be right for you. The winner receives a $10,000 scholarship; $5,000 for the First Runner-Up; and $3,333 for the Second Runner-Up.

Zolp Scholarships — These four-year scholarships are available to students accepted to Loyola University who are Roman Catholic and whose last name of Zolp appears on a birth certificate and church confirmation certificate. Scholarship amounts vary depending upon fund availability and the number of eligible recipients. Zolp? Zounds!

Love Bugs? — Your interest in insects could net you a $500 Lafontaine Aquatic Entomology Scholarship courtesy of the Federation of Fly Fishers.

Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship — Skateboarding isn’t a crime and this scholarship named for a young enthusiast could net the top recipient a $5000 scholarship. You must be in good academic standing and a skateboarder. Patrick was killed in 2002 as a result of a skateboard accident.

Who Wants Chocolate? — Your love for all things confectionery could net you a scholarship from the American Association of Candy Technologists for enrolled college students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors this academic year. You won’t win a Mounds bar, but you could fetch a scholarship worth $5000 if you can demonstrate interest in confectionery technology. Yum!

Other scholarships for short folks, fat people, knitters, pie makers, and students with the surname Scarpinato, are also available. Who knew that applying for financial assistance could be so fun?

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