Scholarship support not only makes attending college possible but it also helps spare graduates from excessive and debilitating debt. According to the Wall Street Journal, student debt surpassed $1 trillion nationally in 2011 and that appears to happen because even though parents still value contributing to their children’s college tuition, the amount of families that can afford to contribute has declined. Despite the fact that the country weathered the worst of the recession, many states are still reeling from the economic slump and most have made large cuts in public service funding—including higher education. As a result, public colleges and universities have increased tuition. I know what you’re probably thinking, but as someone who spent a good seven years in law school (and miraculously graduated) I can assure you that going to college is totally worth it. Your college degree will be one of the most lucrative investments you’ll ever make. And the good news doesn’t stop there. There are plenty of scholarships out there to support you financially and help you make your dreams come true. Some of them might be a little too weird and bizarre but they cover a wide variety of interests, lifestyles, and disciplines. Some of them are even willing to reward you if you’re too short or too tall. Crazy, huh? Well, to learn about even crazier ones, check out these 25 Unique Scholarships You Might Not Know Existed. By the way, these scholarships may save you money, but these 25 life hacks every college student should know will save you time, so check them out.
Two Ten Footwear Foundation Scholarship
The Two Ten Footwear Foundation awards scholarships to over four hundred students amounting to over $700,000. The scholarships come in various forms, such as those for footwear employees and also those who are studying footwear design in college. It’s all about shoes here.
American Nudist Research Library Scholarship
If the nudist in you is itching to get out and you don’t mind showing off your assets or living in a nudist colony, then this scholarship could award out with $1,000 for college.
Flavor of the Month Scholarship
The Flavor of the Month Scholarship provides students with a more relaxed opportunity to be creative. Asking students to consider what ice-cream flavor they would be and why, this scholarship allows students to take a look inward and express themselves in a fun and creative way.
US Bowling Congress Scholarship
Five male and five female USBC High School students are selected annually for the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team and a $1,000 scholarship. As for the criterion for the scholarship? Just be a good bowler; that’s all it takes.
Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship
Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, each year the Vegetarian Resource Group awards $20,000 in scholarship money to graduating US high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities.