Weird College Scholarships you Never Knew Existed

weird college scholarshipsIt’s a common misconception that if you don’t get good grades, play a varsity sport, or chair a prominent club in high school, you won’t be eligible for a scholarship. Too many students envy their classmates who end up with money to help them pay their college tuition, and never consider just how accessible scholarships can be.

Did you know that you can get scholarships for belonging to a certain race, having a certain hair color, or living in a certain region? If that surprises you, you won’t believe just how specific the requirements for receiving certain scholarships can get. This list will hopefully open your eyes to show you that not only are some organizations willing to foot your bills for extremely silly reasons – but also the fact that there has to be a scholarship out there for you no matter what university or online college you plan to attend.

Get a Scholarship for Duct Tape Prom Attire
That’s right: the Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship is available to any couple who is willing to wear duct tape to prom and send in a photo. You and your date do have to endure a night of dancing (and sweating) in a duct tape suit and dress, but it’ll be totally worth it if you win that scholarship money.

Get a Scholarship for Reading an Essay about Sprinklers
Most scholarship contests will award its winners for writing the best essay, but the American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship is given to someone who reads an essay about fire safety and then answers questions on video. Each correct answer gives them an opportunity to win a $2,000 scholarship.

Get a Scholarship for Being Left-Handed
It’s that simple. If you want to be entered to win $1,000 to put toward your college tuition (and you’re attending Juniata College), all you have to do is submit an application and be left-handed. For once, lefties can come out on top.

Get a Scholarship for Having the Last Name “Zolp”
If you attend Loyola University in Chicago, are Catholic, and have the last name Zolp, you get a free ride to university. Loyola isn’t the only university that awards students for having a specific last name – at Texas A&M University, Scarpinatos attend for free, and Van Valkenburgs are eligible to win $1,000 for the Van Valkenburg Memorial Scholarship.

Get a Scholarship for Having a Great Duck Call
The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest awards $1,500 to the best duck caller, as well as smaller prizes for three runners-up. Contestants are given 90 seconds to perform hail, feed, comeback, and mating calls, and all high school seniors in the USA are eligible.