College can be terribly expensive—there is no denying that. But the cost shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your dreams and getting the education you deserve. If you’re really concerned about finances then scholarships are the route you should take—they can help pay partial or even your entire tuition, depending on the amount of award money you earn. However, some students are too shy to apply to academic-based scholarships. That’s ok too because there are tons of scholarships that are offered for “unusual” reasons. To learn more, continue reading below.
Tall Clubs International Student Scholarship
Where you made fun of in your earlier years because you were the tallest boy or girl in your class? Your height might actually give you a competitive academic edge now if you apply for the Kae Sumner Einfeldt scholarship. All applicants have to do is write an essay entitled “What Being Tall Means to Me.
Rules to Apply: Must be 6’2 or taller if male, 5’10 or taller if female; under the age of 21and about to start the first year of college.
Award Amount: $1,000
*There are scholarships for short people too!
Paranormal Activity Scholarship
If you have a huge interest in going to school to study parapsychology, then the Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship is for you. Each year the Parapsychology Foundation awards one lucky applicant pursuing the field of parapsychology who can thoroughly demonstrate his or her passion for the paranormal (and lengths he or she has taken to prove its existence) in essay form.
Rules to Apply: Applicant must demonstrate the previous interest of parapsychology through research.
Award Amount: $3,000
Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Place You’ll Go Scholarship
This scholarship, which is awarded by Random House, Inc. and the Dr. Seuss Estate, is fairly new—last year marked its third annual scholarship awarded. The trick: it changes every year. What it does is challenge an applicant’s creativity. The first year students were required to write a letter to someone who might need inspiration. Last year students were required to draw a two-dimensional piece of artwork. It hasn’t been announced what board members will require its applicants to do this year yet, but it’ll definitely be something that requires imagination. Keep checking the Facebook page for new deadline dates.
Rules to Apply: Applicants must be seniors in high school, 21 years or under.
Award Amount: $10,000
American Association of Candy Technologists
Lastly is the probably the “sweetest” scholarship of the bunch—the John Kitt Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to those who aspire to study the confectionery industry.
Rules: Applicants must demonstrate their desire for candy technology as well as their aspirations to enter the field via food science, chemical science, biological science or a related area.
Award Amount: $5,000.
Some of the scholarships are not yet open yet, so make sure to continue to return to the websites to learn new deadline dates if they have not yet been posted.
by Maria Rainier