Need based scholarships and merit scholarships can get a little boring over time. Sure, it’s nice to be awarded for the “normal” traits in your life, but what about the ones that are a little off the wall? That’s where wacky scholarships come in, to give you money just for being unusual. Most college students are surprised to learn just how many unusual scholarships there are in the world. You may very well qualify for one if you look around enough.
6 Wacky Scholarships just for You
Do you spend your days and nights tweeting? Are you ready to get $140-$1400 for typing 140 characters or less about how the world can be bettered by Twitter? If this sounds like fun to you, and your a college student looking for some extra funding, visit the College Scholarships Foundation site and get at it!
Not much to say about this one, except that you’re in luck if you do any roller sports. Just like any other scholarship, the goal is to help students pay for tuition, fees, books, lab fees and hosuing costs.
Calling all radio amateurs! Submit an essay to the ARRL Foundation about the role amateur radio has played in your life and you could win a $500-$5000 scholarship! They award a whopping 70 scholarships to young hams (we’re not talking about little piggies here). Ksshh! Over and out!
Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship – no longer available (04/2013)
The Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship is designed for students who just love to skate. What says skateboarding is a waste of time? It could actually pay for your college education. This scholarship fund was created to show the word the positive impact that skateboarding can have on a person’s life. It keeps kids off the streets and teaches them focus, drive, passion, and creativity. If you have been influenced by skateboarding in a positive way, you may want to apply for this opportunity in the near future. Awards range in value from $1000 to $5000, and four students can receive the scholarships every year. If you want to apply to this scholarship program, be prepared to write an essay about how skateboarding has impacted your life for the better.
The J.D. Salinger Award is the perfect opportunity for fans of The Catcher in the Rye. This bvook was obviously written by J.D. Salinger, the man whom the award is named for. Ursinus College, Salinger’s alma mater, has a creative writing contest every year to encourage students to think a little outside the box. The winner of the contest receives a $30,000 scholarship for the school, and he or she gets to stay in Salinger’s actual dorm room. If you have any sort of passion for writing, this is certainly a scholarship to look into.
Are you a little plump around the rump (or somewhere else on your body)? If so, you may want to keep the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance Scholarship in mind for next semester. This scholarship is valued at $1,000, and it is issued to members of the NAAFA. To apply for this award, you will need to write an essay about fat acceptance and turn it into your local chapter of the organization. One of these wacky scholarships could be yours in no time.