While most scholarships are based on academic merit and well-written personal statements, some reward students for more…non-traditional qualities or skills. Like being able to design a tuxedo out of duct tape. Check out that and more crazy scholarships below:
- The Duck Tape® Stuck at Prom Contest: Their website describes this contest plainly enough: “The Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest challenges students to create and accessorize their prom outfits with duct tape, then wear them to prom for a chance to win scholarship cash prizes.” At least you won’t have to wear a proper tuxedo or spend hundreds of dollars on a dress you’ll only wear once.
- The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest: High School seniors may compete for college scholarships totaling $4,250. What do they have to do? You guessed it: impersonate a duck.
- Klingon Language Institute: The Kor Memorial Scholarship: According to their website: “The purpose of the Kor Memorial Scholarship is to recognize and encourage scholarship in fields of language study. Familiarity with Klingon or other constructed languages is not required, however creative and innovative applicants are preferred.” You’ll probably have better luck if you’re a Star Trek fan, too.
- Tall Clubs International Scholarship for Tall People: While being tall can make it uncomfortable to sit in economy class on crowded airplanes, it will also help you qualify for a $1000 scholarship. Women who are 5’10” or taller, and men who are at least 6’2″, and are both under 21 and attending their first year of college can apply.
- Collegiate Inventors Competition: Invent something cool? Win up to $25,000 for college. This isn’t about grades. It’s about turning good ideas into brilliant products.