Today, there are countless scholarships available to any who meet specific criteria. Most often, these criteria are GPA, volunteer/service, or race-related; however, occasionally there are easy scholarships available for obscure, weird, and just plain wacky reasons. Those who possess the odd criteria often create these weird scholarships. However odd or unusual, they can still help pursue higher education and should be considered and researched.
Some of these scholarships pertain to those with specific bodily criteria. For those who are very tall (over 5’10” for women and 6’2” for men), a scholarship of up to $1000 is available from the Tall Clubs of America. To be in the running a scholarship, applicants must only write an essay entitled “What Being Tall Means to Me.” Writers should probably be keen to include not only physical information but also how their height has affected them – for the better or, possibly, for the worse. Those interested may apply at http://www.tall.org/.
Ayn Rand Essay Scholarship
Not all odd scholarships deal with physical properties. For those who enjoy the works of author Ayn Rand, many scholarships are available, ranging in size from $10,000 to $50. The participants who write the most compelling essays regarding Rand’s novels win these scholarships. When writing an essay for the competition, it would probably be wise to incorporate how current events tie in with Rand’s books and philosophy. Those interested can find more information and apply here.
If one holds certain unusual beliefs or lifestyles, he or she may also be eligible for a sizeable scholarship. Two $5,000 scholarships are available to vegetarians who promote vegetarianism in their schools or communities. These scholarships are provided from the Vegetarian Resource Group, which is a vegetarian advocate group. The applicants will be “judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle,“ according to the VRG webpage. It is advised that applicants are truly interested in vegetarianism and not just pretending, as finalists will be thoroughly investigated and interviewed to confirm their legitimacy. More information on applying can be found here.
Starfleet Academy Scholarship
Still other scholarships award those with certain unique pastimes. One, the Starfleet Academy Scholarship, awards $500 to fans of the popular science fiction TV show Star Trek. To compete for the scholarship, applicants must have been members of the Starfleet Academy, a Star Trek fan club, for more than one year. Different scholarships are available for different college types and majors. Information about applications and the different scholarships available can be found at http://academy.sfi.org.
American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship
If one doesn’t really have any unusual attributes, pastimes, or philosophies, he or she is still eligible for what is probably the most unusual scholarship yet – the American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship. These scholarships, which range in size from $1,000 to $2,000, are available to any high school senior who takes a multiple-choice quiz regarding fire sprinklers. Each correct answer gives the competitor one entry into the scholarship drawing, which is drawn randomly. A maximum of ten entries are allowed. Unlike the other scholarships, this one has nearly no criteria and does not require any special writing talent, as there are no essays to write and win. If one feels lucky, he or she may take the quiz at http://www.afsascholarship.org.
Overall, there is a wide variety of weird scholarships available to those pursuing a higher education. While they may seem odd or comical, these weird scholarships are no less valuable than ordinary vanilla scholarships. If one only takes a while to look at his or her own unique talents, interests, and traits, he or she may be eligible for a serious amount of money. Just as importantly, as with all scholarships, there is no penalty for applying and nothing to lose, so why not give one a try?