Contrary to popular belief, good grades and extracurricular activities aren’t the only requirements for earning a college scholarship. Here are some unusual prerequisites for which you can actually get a scholarship.
(Note: these offers aren’t tied to a particular brick-and-mortar school and thus are presumably open to online students, but you might want to read the fine print to make sure.)
- Being tall: Tall Clubs International offers scholarships to students who are at least 21 years old and of above-average height: 5’10” for women and 6’2″ for men.
- Dressing in duct tape: Duck brand duct tape offers scholarships to a pair of high school students who attend prom in outfits made from duct tape.
- Being a Trekkie: The Starfleet Academy (the official school of Starfleet, the International Star Trek Fan Association) offers scholarships to students who’ve been Starfleet members for at least a year. Plan ahead.
- Sounding like a duck: The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest in Stuttgart, Arkansas, awards scholarships to high school seniors who can do a mean duck call.
- Being good at trivia: The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships based on the speed and accuracy with which you take online quizzes.
- Not eating meat: The Vegetarian Resource Group offers a scholarship to high school seniors who have promoted vegetarianism in their communities.
- Eating meat: The American National CattleWomen’s National Beef Ambassador Program awards scholarships to students who promote beef consumption. (Warning: winning may require you to become a part-time shill.)
- Pretending to care about fire sprinklers: The American Fire Sprinkler Association offers scholarships to high school seniors for reading an essay on fire sprinkler safety and then taking an “open-book” quiz about what you’ve read. You even get a second chance if you answer incorrectly!
- Being yourself: OP Loftbed offers scholarships to college students for answering four simple questions in an interesting, creative, entertaining way. They explicitly state that they don’t care about “your GPA, writing skill, involvement in community or service organizations, or other similar criteria.”
- Making woolen outfits: The American Sheep Industry Association’s Make It With Wool contest offers scholarships to fashion design students for making garments made of at least 60% wool.
- Bowling: Apparently, there is over $6 million worth of scholarship funds available for people who bowl! Time to brush up on my Wii Sports. Find out more at the United States Bowling Congress.
- Drinking tea: The Tea Association of the USA’s Calm-a-Sutra contest offers a scholarship to students who make an online video endorsing tea.
- Making a greeting card: The Gallery Collection awards a scholarship to students for simply designing a creative (and non-obscene) greeting card.