So, this may be a small clue as to what’s wrong with our country. (I know, I know. This is supposed to be a positive space out there in the blogshpere!) A scholarship for students who can predict the future of our markets and overall economic flow can nab you an extra 400 dollars towards college. But if you are an outstanding skateboarder, you may eligible for up to 5 thousand dollars. My personal favorite is the milk mustache scholarship that goes to 25 college athletes who look good with milk slathered across their upper lips. At 7500 dollars, it’s nothing to sneeze at! Did you know that you can win a scholarship for being a girl who is 5 foot, ten inches tall? That there are scholarships for kids who play marbles? Or for being able to do an excellent duck call? Check it out…
10 Weird and Funny Scholarships in US
1. National Marbles Tournament Scholarship
The National Marbles Tournament Scholarship is available for kids from eight to fourteen years old, with a great passion for playing with marbles. It is an award between $1000 and $2000 for those with amazing skills. However, they could use the money even when they go to college. After all, it’s not all about the kids’ games.
It’s unclear why there’s a scholarship only for tall boys and girls as they’re not always poor and are not discriminated as well. However, this scholarship is purposed for 6’2” tall boys and 5’10” tall girls, but it’s not the only criteria. They have to write an essay entitled “What Being Tall Means to Me.” At last, if those who are frustrated because of that, they don’t deserve the $1000 scholarship.
3. The Billy Barty Foundation Scholarship
Well, here comes the revenge for the tall guys. The Billy Barty Foundation Scholarship is opened only for students shorter than 4’10” who have a proof of dwarfism. Nevertheless, the short guys doesn’t have to write an essay where they should say how beautiful is to be short, like their tall colleagues have to.
4. Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SLAMMY) Award
Those who play for the high school sports teams have good prospect to enter into the professional leagues, but now they also can win $7500 scholarship. All the athlete need to do is to drink milk and have milk moustache after drinking. That’s all. The award, despite the money, includes free trip to Disney World and spot in a Milk Mustache ad. It’s available for 25 students.
5. Van Valkenburg Memorial Scholarship
If two of the previous scholarships discriminated short or tall people, this one is truly nepotistic. It can be given only to descendants through birth or legal adoption of Lambert and Annetje Van Valkenburg. Just for information, these two people ware a married couple that moved to Manhattan back in 1644. It’s unknown why they are so important, so the scholarship is kind of weird.
6. Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest
Scholarships are usually for gifted students who know how to solve some of the most complicated problems, but this is not the case. To win this scholarship all a student has to do is to learn how to call ducks. It’s opened for all high school seniors with duck calling ambitions.
7. The Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship
It sounds good, yeah? Here’s a $5000 worth scholarship for those who want to go skating when they’re not studying. Or for those who study when they don’t go skating. However, if you’re not the winner, you still have chance to win some money, as there are three $1000 runners-up awards.
8. Excellence in Predicting the Future Award
No, this is not scholarship for witches and fortune tellers. It is opened to gifted students who can successfully predict the future economic flows. Nevertheless, the amount of money is not up to the standard of economy prodigy – only 400 dollars. And there are some criteria, after all. “Applicant must be a registered user participating in the Prediction Market on the sponsor’s website. Recipients will be selected based on how much they increased their account value by the deadline” are the words that you can read on the official web site.
9. John Gatling Scholarship
The John Gatling Grant Program granted students for attending North Carolina University and it was just a usual scholarship until the times when the number of students demanding for grant grew up and they established some really weird criteria. The main of them is giving priority to students whose name is Gatlin or Gatling.
10. American Nudist Research Library Scholarship
The American Nudist Research Library is strongly dedicated to preserving nudist history, so they actively look for followers of their idea. For students who have some nudist aspirations and agree to live for a while in a nudist colony, this is a chance to get $1000 for college.