25 Bizarre Scholarships

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When the average undergraduate student earns their degree at a four-year school, they’ll need to earn more than $22,000 to pay off their student debt, says FinAid.org.

But just one source of college scholarships – the free Fastweb scholarship database – lists 1.5 million scholarships worth $3.4 billion. If that money were used, it would be enough to pay off the entire debt of 150,000 students. Unfortunately, it’s not.

Part of the reason some scholarships go untapped is that some are so weirdly specific that almost nobody qualifies. Everybody knows there are scholarships for minorities and volunteerism and for writing essays, but how many people are lucky enough to be born to a Catholic family named Zolp? If you were, congrats: Your mere existence could entitle you to a free ride at Loyola University in Chicago.

To hear about this and some other bizarre scholarships, watch the video below. Then read on to learn about even more strange opportunities offered by quirky philanthropists.

Some of these scholarships are worth only $500 – not enough to pay for even one class. But every bit counts, especially if the alternative is a high-interest student loan that will take years to pay off. Apply for everything you might qualify for, and there’s no telling how much you might end up with…

The bottom line? There’s a scholarship opportunity for everyone, so don’t assume you can’t find one. Apply for every opportunity where you meet the basic criteria or even come close – many scholarships have an order of preference, and if nobody else applies you may win by default. And don’t forget that scholarships aren’t the only way to lower the cost of college: check out 6 Tips to Pay Less for a College Degree.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/amfoltz10 Alyssa Foltz

    For the peanut butter one, you have to be ages 6-12. Most people looking for college scholarships aren’t that age.

  • Anonymous

    How offensive – the girl they show when they talk about scholarships for overweight people is NOT overweight! They shouldn’t have shown anyone for that bit, but to show a girl who is not overweight is really wrong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501987466 Michael Cornett

    Nice Loyola logo from a Google Image search. I’d recommend getting the logo from their website’s official press area. At least then “Chicago” will be spelled correctly, instead of the ripped logo from: http://inamemef.com/images/illinois%20logos/loyola.jpg

  • http://profiles.google.com/jenkss J. Allen

    Billy Barty, not Billy Barton

  • Anonymous

    See a fuller list of conventional and unconventional scholarships at our foundation’s free website: http://shareourtips.com/college_funding.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674043324 Anonymous

    Duct* tape.  Unless it’s some kind of tape that you use to repair DUCKS, it’s DUCT tape.

    • http://twitter.com/androidhelpers Android Helpers

      No, you are wrong, It is DUCK tape.


      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=805580480 Mark Hopper

        Your article argues that they’re both correct.

        • Sierra Smith

          The actual brand name is Duck Tape, the product is Duct Tape.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thoughtstorms -Keith Hale-

    video mentions a scholarship for the overweight.  And it is about time
    SOMEthing good comes from it.  But i find nothing about it in the
    links.  What am i missing?


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000749911061 Edith Rich

    You didn’t mention the $10,000 Create-A-Greeting-Card Contest by The Gallery Collection. You could win a $10,000 scholarship with your own original artwork! http://www.gallerycollection.com/greetingcardscontests.htm

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UGI2YRE3ZNMLPKDEVETJVL4QHA mohammad

    Scholarship Resources Free Scholarship

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6VBSGI2GUWRYUNGUEUNNOEUUKY revano

    M. Revano C, HI-2, Mon-Wed 17.00-19.00

     1.  Scholarship for people who dance.
     2.  Scholarship for people who wear duck tape to prom.
     3.  Scholarship for those under 4-foot-10 or members of their families.
     4.  Scholarship for women over 5-foot-10 and men over 6-2.
     5.  The Zolp Scholarship. (for people who named Zolp and born in a Catholic Family)
     6.  Scholarship for those with a talent for duck-calling.
     7.  Scholarship for Blue eyed people 8.  Scholarship for Overweight people
     9.  Scholarship for Woodworkers
    10. Scholarship for being teenage mother
    11. Scholarship for animal lover
    12. Scholarship for Beef Eaters
    13. Scholarship for Jamaican Citizens
    14. Scholarship for Asthma Patients
    15. Scholarship for Bird Watcher
    16. Scholarship for Cartoonist
    17. Scholarship for Star Trek Fans
    18. Scholarship for Folpel Musicians
    19. Scholarship for Cheerleaders
    20. Scholarship for Expert Bowlers
    21. Scholarship for Accordion Player