An Unconventional Guide to Paying for College

Scholarship Saturdays : Weird Scholarship Edition

It is always amazing to me to see the types of organizations that are started to give out money to people just like them. This is not a bad thing, and I certainly would not turn down money for college if it were offered to me, it’s just, shall we say, weird…

With that, here are a few weird scholarship opportunities that you may or may not qualify for.

The Kor Memorial Scholarship

The Klingon Language Institute (yes, you read that correctly) gives out a $500 award every year to a student who is focused on language study. Mastery of the Klingon language is not required to apply.

Ayn Rand Essay Contests

Ayn Rand, writer of The FountainheadAtlas Shrugged, Anthem, and We The Living, offers roughly $99,000 in prize money split amont 680 different prizes. The Ayn Rand Institute administers all of these prizes, and they are all awarded based on the quality of your essay regarding one of Ayn Rand’s novels. If you remember Howard Roark and Peter Keating from your high school english class, then this one might be for you!

Stuck at Prom Duck Brand Duct Tape Contest

You may have heard of this contest in the past, but did you know that the winners receive a $5000 scholarship, as well as a $5000 gift to their school in their name? All you have to do is create a Prom outfit (tux or dress) entirely out of Duck Brand Duct Tape. Sounds easy right? Well, I would check out some of the past winners to see what your level of competition will be. Who knew that you could do so much with duct tape!?!

Tall Club Scholarship

Being tall apparently has more benefits than being able to grab things off the top shelf. If you are a male and over 6’2 or a female and over 5’10, then you can apply for a Tall Club Scholarship. You will need to write an essay on what being tall means to you. You will need to be sponsored by a local Tall Club, so you will have to seek one of these out, if they do not publicize their contest. If you are selected, you will win $1000 for your trouble, and just for being tall.

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  1. I’ve been thinking about reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand for sometime now. (I’ve got lots of books on my to read list.) I didn’t know so much prize money was offered. Now I am much more excited about reading her book. Awesome information! Keep up the good work!

    • @Grants and Scholarships — Best of luck in applying for these!

  2. Tall Club scholarship haha, never heard of that one, too bad I’m not qualified:(

    • Yeah. I laughed at it the first time I heard it myself. it really is amazing, what people will give away money for!

  3. I love the duct tape scholarship. I bet there are some really cool submissions!

    • @Matt — Yeah I think there are. They have the top winners listed on their website. It’s worth a few minutes to check them out. Very impressive!

  4. Pretty cool site! There are a lot of college sites out there but I really like the way you have branded yours. It stands out from others.

    Great work!

    • Thanks Josh! I like the theme of your site as well. If you would ever like to write a guest post about weird scholarships, I would be happy to take a look at it. Thanks!


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