As we move towards the end of the 2011-2012 school year, many high school seniors are getting acceptance letters from the colleges of their choice. Unfortunately, some seniors may be devastated to learn about the price tag associated with going to their dream schools and may decide not to go or to take out large student loans to fund their education. This is doubly unfortunate because there are many weird college scholarships these students probably qualify for but are unaware of. If you or someone you love wants to go to college in 2012, think outside the box to find weird scholarships 2012.
Patrick Kerr Skateboarding Scholarships
High school seniors who enjoy skateboarding might qualify for weird college scholarships. The Patrick Kerr Skateboarding Scholarship is a scholarship given by mothers of skateboarders; the sponsors believe that students who skateboard show unusual creativity and potential. Up to four students will qualify for these weird scholarships 2012, which are worth $5,000.
In addition to loving skateboarding, students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and plan to attend either a two-year or four-year college in the fall of 2012. Students must write an essay about how skateboarding has positively affected their lives. Students can also submit information about how they promote skateboarding in their local communities.
Culinary Institute of America
The Culinary Institute of America offers an annual scholarship of $25,000 to the student who bakes the best apple pie. This scholarship is specific to the Culinary Institute of America; students must be planning to enroll there in the fall. These weird college scholarships are given every year to aspiring chefs.
The application for this scholarship is two-fold. First, students must fill out an application form that includes a recipe and picture of the finished pie. Recipes should be original rather than copied out of a cookbook or from a web site. Students must also submit a 500-word essay about apples and an application to the Culinary Institute of America, including a high school transcript.
The top ten finalists for these weird scholarships 2012 will be invited to the Culinary Institute of America’s campus in Hyde Park for a baking contest judged by teachers at the school. All ten will receive scholarships; the top three pie bakers get scholarships of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 respectively and the rest will get smaller scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $7,500.
Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY)
Student athletes who like to drink milk might qualify for weird college scholarships based on their ability to sport a milk mustache. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.2, participate in sports during the 2011-12 school year, and not get suspended from school or face other serious disciplinary action any time during the school year. This scholarship opportunity is only available to high school seniors.
2012 Weird scholarships
These weird scholarships 2012 require students to fill out an application form online by March 9, 2012. In addition to sharing their personal and academic information, students must write a short essay about how drinking milk helps them improve their athletic and academic performance. Students go through several rounds of judging and may have to submit additional information if selected as semi-finalists or finalists. Applicants who make it to the final round must submit a 2 minute video about how drinking milk helps improve their performance. Two winners will each receive a scholarship of $7,500.
High school seniors shouldn’t let the high price tag of a college education deter them from going on to college. There are more than enough weird scholarships out there; students should think about what qualities, characteristics and interests make them unique and search for scholarships based on those characteristics.