By Tamiera Vandegrift, Uloop
With the price of college tuition rising exponentially every year, the fight for scholarships and other forms of financial aid has become more and more desperate as time goes on.
With the competition for scholarships becoming more and more competitive, it is easy for college students to become discouraged. After all, scholarships are only awarded to students with 5.0 GPAs, leadership positions in every student organization, and a working model of how to cure every form of human disease known to man, right? Wrong.
All types of scholarships exist for all types of students in all walks of life. With that being said, there are some wacky, quirky, and offbeat scholarships out there — yours for the taking! Typical scholarships look for grades, student involvement, community service, or research experience, but the scholarships on this list are more so based on character and originality, as they should be!
So what are you waiting for? Read on to learn more about the top six strangest scholarships for college students.
- Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships
Tall people rejoice! There is a scholarship just for you. You are also the subject of my envy because I stand at a laughable 5-foot-2.
Tall Clubs International Foundation is an organization founded by Kae Sumner Einfeldt, who had a dream of creating an organization that would cater to the needs of the extraordinarily tall. The focus of this organization is to provide financial help to students who fit the requirements. To be eligible, you must be a 5-foot-10 tall woman or a 6-foot-2 man under the age of 21 entering your first year of collegiate education.
- American Association of Candy Technologists’ John Kitt Memorial Scholarship
Do you have a heck of a sweet tooth? Don’t worry, I will not tell your dentist. The American Association of Candy Technologists has a scholarship for you. If you are studying anything related to food science, chemical science, or biological science and have tangibly demonstrated interest in confectionery technology, you are in the right place!
To be eligible, you must be a college sophomore, junior, or senior; you must have at least a 3.0 grade point average; you must be attending a four-year college or university in North America.
- Fifth Month Scholarship
“One is the loneliest number. Three is a crowd. Then there is five. What’s so special about five?” asks Unigo Scholarships.
To apply for this scholarship, you will have to find an answer. In a personal letter of 250 words or less, write to the number five and explain why it is an important number. All that you need to be eligible is to be above the age of 13 and enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education. High five!
- Flavor of the Month Scholarship
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream … and free money! That’s right. By telling Unigo about which flavor of ice cream you feel describes your personality the best, you will have a chance at being awarded a pretty sweet $1,500 scholarship toward your education.
In order to be eligible, you must be 13 or older and must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education.
- Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
Does AMC’s The Walking Dead have you putting together a survival plan for the zombie apocalypse? Well, now you can put that plan to fruition! Unigo asks you to imagine that your school has been overrun by the walking dead. What would you do? Where would you hide? What items would you bring with you in order to survive?
Get down with the sickness and apply! To be eligible, you must be 13 or older and must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education.
- Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation Scholarship
Are you a trivia fanatic? The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation is hunting for brainiacs like yourself! Create an account with CKSF and be quizzed upon registration. The quiz scores will be based off of time and accuracy and the students who get by with the highest scores at the end of each competition will win.
Quiz topics can be focused on a variety of subjects, like common knowledge, sciences, mathematics, and even entertainment. This scholarship is open to everyone: high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, and even parents. There is no GPA requirement, essay, or need to acquire letters of recommendation.