Things can get expensive when it comes to getting an education. You know that a college education is important, especially for your future potential. However, it can be hard to pay for a good education. Funding seems to shrink even as college tuition rates rise. And, of course, scholarships are competitive. But what if you could get a scholarship that fewer students were competing for? No matter your program of study, no matter your talents, there is likely a scholarship that you qualify for. Here are 33 crazy scholarships that can give you a better chance of getting the money you need for an education.

Traits

Left-handedThese scholarships are awarded based on certain traits that you have, such as left-handedness or your height.

  1. Frederick and Mary F. Beckley “Left-Handed” Scholarship: If you are going to Juniata College, and you are at least a sophomore, you can qualify for this scholarship for left-handed students.
  2. Michigan Llama Association Scholarship: If your parents are members of the Michigan Llama Association, you can apply for a $500 scholarship, which you can renew up to three times. Just write an essay about your family’s involvement with llamas.
  3. Zolp Scholarship: Is your last name Zolp? Are you Roman Catholic? Do you attend Loyola? If so, you could get a full-tuition scholarship.
  4. Van Valckenburg Memorial Scholarship: You just need to have this unusual last name, and you are eligible to get $1,000 for use at any school.
  5. Tall Clubs International Scholarship: If you are tall, you can take advantage of a scholarship based on your height. You have to be at least 6’2″ if you are male, and at least 5’10” if you are female in order to compete for a $1,000 scholarship.
  6. Little People of America Scholarships: If you are a little person, you can qualify for this scholarship. Preference given to those who have a medically diagnosed form of dwarfism.
  7. Billy Barty Foundation Scholarship: You can also apply for the $1,000 if you are shorter than 4’10” and diagnosed with dwarfism.
  8. National Gay Pilots Association Scholarship: If you are gay, and planning to study aviation, this scholarship might be for you. You do have to be active in the LGBT community.
  9. American Nudist Research Library Scholarship: If you are a young nudist, looking for a little financial aid help, you can apply for this scholarship.
  10. Gertrude J. Deppen Scholarship: Those attending Bucknell University, and who have lived in Mount Carmel for 10 years and graduated from the public high school, can get this scholarship. Oh, and you can’t be using narcotics, tobacco or intoxicating liquor.
  11. NCTA Help Santa Find the Perfect Real Christmas Tree: If you are between the ages of six and 16, you can write an essay about finding a perfect Christmas tree, and get up to $10,000.
  12. FBI Common Knowledge Scholarship: Do you happen to know a lot about the FBI? If so, you can enter this quiz contest and possibly win up to $250.
  13. National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance Scholarship: The New England chapter of this organization offers a scholarship to students who are overweight.

Talents

bagpipesDo you have a unique talent? Whether it’s playing the bagpipes or calling ducks, you might be able to get a little money for what you can do.

  1. Carnegie Mellon Bagpipe Scholarship: If you are willing to study bagpipes from a world-famous instructor, majoring in the pipes, you can get $7,000 a year — and a discount on your kilts.
  2. Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest: High school seniors can compete for scholarships of $1,500, $500, $300 and $200 for best ability to call ducks.
  3. Coven of the Sacred Waters Scholarships: Do you have a talent for witchcraft? If so, you can apply for a $500 scholarship from the Coven of the Sacred Waters. You can also apply for a community service award — even if you aren’t a witch.
  4. National Make It Yourself with Wool Scholarship: The American Sheep Industry Association offers a scholarship for those who make garments out of at least 60% wool.
  5. The Kor Memorial Scholarship: This is a scholarship offered by the Klingon Language Institute for those who have the talent of tongue. No, you don’t have to speak Klingon; but you do have to be studying language.
  6. Starfleet Academy Scholarships: The International Start Trek Fan Association’s Starfleet offers a number of scholarships, based on different talents, including engineering, medical, performing arts, writing and business.
  7. Excellence in Predicting the Future Award: If you are good at figuring out what the market will do, you can join in this contest to see whether you can win $400 by accurately predicting the market and increasing your account.
  8. Stuck at Prom: If you make your prom outfit out of duct tape, you can enter to win this scholarship from Duck brand duct tape. Your prom dress could get you a little financial aid — just make sure it’s entirely made of duct tape.
  9. Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship: If you are a good skater, you can apply for this scholarship. You do need to have a 2.5 GPA.
  10. The J.D. Salinger Award: If you are good at creative writing, and you want to attend Ursinus College. You can even live in the same dorm that Salinger occupied for one semester.
  11. National Candy Technologists Scholarship: If you are studying food science, chemical science or some other related area, you might be able to get this scholarship for up to $5,000.
  12. SAMMY Scholarship: If you are a student athlete who drinks milk, you are eligible for this $7,500 scholarship. Show off your milk mustache!
  13. NRA National Youth Education Summit: Are you a bright youngster who knows how to properly use a gun and defend your Second Amendment rights? If so, you might be eligible for $750 – $2,500.
  14. All-American Apple Pie Recipe Contest: The Culinary Institute of America offers a $25,000 scholarship to the best apple pie recipe. Yum!

Graduate Students

GraduateWhile most scholarships are focused on undergraduate students, there are some offered to graduate students. If you plan to continue your education beyond four years, these scholarships might help you.

  1. Fragrance Foundation Scholarship: If you are doing post-grad work in aromachology, you can qualify for a scholarship of up to $50,000 from the Fragrance Foundation.
  2. Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship: If you are going beyond your four year degree in parapsychology, or if you are conducting research in parapsychology, you can apply for this scholarship.
  3. L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of The Future Contest: You can help fund your future studies as an artist with the help of this contest, which is in two stages, and which has a grand prize of $4,000.
  4. LaFontaine Aquatic Entomology Scholarship: If you are interested in aquatic life, you can apply for this scholarship for MS or PhD students. The award is given by the Federation of Fly Fishers Foundation.
  5. Potato Industry Scholarship: If you are a graduate student studying something related to potatoes, you can apply for this up to $2,000 award. Residence in Idaho not required.
  6. Mycological Society of America Awards: If you love fungi, and you study it, join the MSA and apply for an award. You are eligible of you are a grad student or a teacher.

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