Want Free Money for School? 6 Offbeat College Scholarships
You might think that you need to have a 4.3 GPA or be a champion football player to have a shot at a college scholarship, but these days, there are a million different ways to get money for college. Here are a few scholarships you may be eligible for. With a little bit of research (and possibly a lot of duct tape), free money for college is just around the corner.
The Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck on Prom Contest
If you’re creative, enjoy wearing a costume, and don’t mind having your photo plastered all over the Internet for the rest of eternity, this may be the scholarship contest for you. Sponsored by the Duck Tape company, this contest offers a reward of a $3,000 scholarship to two students and a $3,000 prize to their school. The catch? When you go to prom, you and your date need to wear homemade costumes created entirely from duct tape. See some past winners here, or find out more about the entry rules.
Klingon Language Institute Scholarship
Who says Trekkies don’t have a sense of humor? The Klingon Language Institute, which is dedicated to the study of Spock’s native tongue, offers a $500 scholarship to a student in the field of language study. Knowledge of Klingon is not required, though we’ve got a feeling it would be appreciated. Learn the full rules here. May the force be with you.
J.D. Salinger Award
Is Holden Caulfield your literary hero? If you seem like the heir to brilliant-but-quirky reclusive novelist J.D. Salinger, his former school, Ursinus College, wants you to attend with a $30,000 annual scholarship. They’ll even put you up in Salinger’s former dorm room to help inspire your muse. To learn more about how you can walk in the footsteps of this literary master and get a free education at the same time, check out the rules here.
Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships
Who knew there was an exclusive club only for the tall? Or, much less, that this super-tall society had created a special scholarship for vertically-advantaged students? The program offers scholarship money to TCI-approved students who are a minimum height of 5’10” for women and 6’2” for men. So if you’re always hitting your head on door frames, this might be the one for you learn the full rules at the Tall Clubs International website.
It’s not as gory as it sounds this scholarship is sponsored by the American Red Cross, and is for students who plan and organize blood drives within their communities. For a chance at winning a $2,000 college scholarship, you must collect at least 50 units of blood; if you collect at least 35 units, you’ll be eligible to win a $1,000 scholarship. Don’t worry, you won’t need to draw the blood yourself you’ll just be responsible for recruiting volunteers and making sure everyone shows up. Find out it all works here.
McDonald’s Scholarship Program
Sure, it’s fine for an after-school job but you don’t want to be flipping burgers for the rest of your life. Fortunately, your employer doesn’t want you to, either. If you’re a high school senior working at McDonald’s for 15 hours a week or more, you could have a chance at winning a $1,000 or $5,000 scholarship from your employer. Learn the rules here. Many other large corporations have similar programs, so check out your employer’s website to find out if it offers a scholarship you may be eligible for.