Like the rest of society the philanthropists that give to scholarship funds are a mixed bag of characters and ideas, and they come from all walks of life. This is truly reflected in some of the more peculiar scholarships available. The up side of this is that just about anybody will qualify for some sort of scholarship if they are willing to do the research and look outside of the usual academic, sports and arts scholarships.
Some of these wonderful and whacky scholarships are available to people who are tall, left handed, or have special skills such as duck calling, to follow are some of our personal favorites.
The Vegetarian Resource Group
Two awards of $5000 are awarded each year to graduating high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. The deadline is February 20, so if you haven’t already abstained from carnivorous pursuits you are too late! Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.
The Patrick Kerr Skateboard
Skaters with a grade point average of 2.5 are eligible for this substantial $5000 scholarship awarded to students interested in skateboarding and wanting to pursue a career in any subject. So if you like to ollie, fakie, grind and kick flip this is the way to go. If you don’t make the first prize, there are three runner-up prizes of $1000.
The Fragrance research Fund
A whopping $50 000 is available to clinical psychologists pursuing post graduate research studies in aromachology.
American Fire Sprinkler Association
Anyone who can ace a 10 question quiz about fire safety is eligible to entre for a $2000 scholarship award. To make it easier still the quiz is open book!
This scholarship even crosses the age barriers of the usual scholarship prizes. Anyone aged 6 to 16 years will seriously receive $5-$10 000 for writing a winning essay on the topic of helping Santa find the perfect real Christmas tree.
Gertrude J. Deppen
At last the good guys finish first, well they do if they are from Mount Carmel and are graduating form Mount Carmel High School after having attended Carmel Public School! This award is for non-athletes who do not drink, smoke or take drugs.
Here is a contest which awards the winning couple $6000. To be the winning couple prom attendees need to make their formal wear from duct tape (provided by the sponsors). Not surprisingly this is called The Duct Tape Stuck on Prom Contest.
And we reserve our last favorite, but certainly not least favorite position for the…
The American Nudist Research Library
This is an annual scholarship for senior or graduate students who have maintained at least three years of membership with a nudist organization. If you still haven’t found the scholarship that is right for you don’t despair. There really are thousands more crazy and weird options for every possible kind of person. Don’t give up!