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College Guide 2013

Scholarships Geared Toward Your Most Unusual Attributes

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Nope, we haven’t found an oragami-making scholarship yet, but it could be out there


Sure, there are truckloads of college scholarships floating in the grant stratosphere geared toward the archetypal intellectual brainiac, the athletically attuned jock, the picket sign holding radical, the “all natural” free spirit and even (yes, I’m sure) for the lowly run-of-the-mill student. But what about you everyday students with some strange, out-of-this-world hobby or totally wacky talent? The things that really make you shine are the same quirks, interests and (in some cases) genetics that could potentially earn you a ton of cash for college.

Unlike your usual university scholarships, where the selection pool is stocked with a massive amount of other fish, a specific criterion–like having the surname Zolp—is required for some of these unique opportunities. There are tons of zany, unusual and straight-up weird student allowances being offered every school year, you just have to grab your digital shovel and go digging in the World Wide Web to unbury them.

For instance, can you utilize your vocal cords for some good ol’ American duck calling? Seems like an awfully strange question, but if you can there’s a potential $2,000 scholarship check with your name on it (that’s sure to ruffle a few feathers). Do you have an enormous sweet tooth? Who doesn’t? But if you’re really interested in creating the next Skittles or Snickers, then the National Candy Technologists Scholarship is the perfect outlet for you to channel those vibrant taste buds. As for the rest of us, we’ll be forever indebted to you. Are you a fashionista born with creativity oozing from your ears? Then the Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest is right up your alley. Design your entire prom get-up out of nothing but Duck tape and you’re a few thousand closer to covering your school tuition.

So, if you have a strange gift or talent that is few and far between, no worries. These cool and funky absurdities just might pay off.

A few great sites to get started on your path to “wacky scholarship discovery:”

Scholarships.com
Fastweb.com
Bigfuture.Collegeboard.org
Zinch.com
Scholarshipexperts.com
Finaid.org

To prove it I’ll name a few.

Michigan Llama Association Scholarship
Requirements: Have a fascination with llamas? No? Well, you really don’t have to. Applicants are chosen based on academic performance, financial need and the execution of a short essay. However, a bonus to heighten your chances in receiving this scholarship is to join the Michigan Llama Association (only a $15 fee).
Scholarship amount: $1,000
Deadline: May 1 (annually)

College Guide 2013
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