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.
To win this strange scholarship offered by Loyola University (Chicago, Illinois), your last name has to be Zolp and you have to be Catholic in order to qualify. If you miss one of the previous two criteria don’t even think about it.
Zinch $1,000 Weekly Scholarship
Zinch is a resource that offers weekly scholarships to students. This might be weird indeed but at the same time a unique opportunity because it gives students multiple chances to win scholarship money on a weekly basis. Though flexible, the opportunity is also challenging, allowing students only 280 characters to answer the question of the week to win.
Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage Scholarship
When it comes to athletic scholarships, these are usually given to students who excel in popular sports such as football, soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, swimming, and wrestling; apparently there are scholarships that award future winter Olympians too. The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage has awarded scholarships to students for over twenty-five years and students are awarded these scholarships based on personal performance and achievements.
Excellence in Predicting the Future Award
Don’t let the name confuse you; you don’t have to be a fortune-teller to win this $400 award. All you need is an interest in economics and be good at predicting the course of the financial market (which with the way things are going in the global economy, might end up being harder than fortune-telling after all).
Fashion Scholarship Fund Scholarships
The Fashion Scholarship Fund awards numerous scholarships in honor of Geoffrey Beene, Jim Edleman, and others. Since the beginning of 2008, the FSF has been granting four Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards (now for $30,000 each) to enterprising students majoring in fashion and related disciplines (design, merchandising, finance, marketing, retailing, and liberal arts), as well as four $10,000 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarships for each of the four runners-up. Required application materials include a case study and personal statement.