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25 bizarre or unusual scholarships

Many students go into debt for college, even though philanthropists and organizations are willing to give away billions every year.

By Stacy Johnson Apr 18, 2011 5:47PM

This post comes from Brandon Ballenger at partner site Money Talks News.


When the average undergraduate student earns a degree at a four-year school, that graduate will need more than $22,000 to pay off student loan debt, says


But just one source of college scholarships -- the free Fastweb scholarship database -- lists 1.5 million scholarships worth $3.4 billion. If all that money were used, it would be enough to pay off the entire debt of 150,000 students. Unfortunately, it's not.


Part of the reason some scholarships go untapped is that they are so weirdly specific that almost nobody qualifies. Watch the video below, then read on to learn about even more strange opportunities.

Everybody knows there are scholarships for minorities, for volunteerism and for writing essays, but how many people are lucky enough to be born to a Catholic family named Zolp? If you were, congrats: Your mere existence could entitle you to a free ride at Loyola Marymount University in Chicago.

Some of these scholarships are worth only $500 -- not enough to pay for even one class. But every bit counts, especially if the alternative is a high-interest student loan that will take years to pay off. Apply for everything you might qualify for, and there's no telling how much you might end up with:

The bottom line? There's a scholarship opportunity for everyone, so don't assume you can't find one. Apply whenever you meet the basic criteria or even come close. Many scholarships have an order of preference, and if nobody else applies you may win by default.


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Apr 19, 2011 11:56PM

America no longer cares about our children and their well being. Sure all the politicians articulate these needs during their campaigns but once in office seem to ignore or have selective memory lose. The US deficit has burdened all legitimate tax paying people approximately $45,000 per person with their mismanagement of funds. Now any average kid/family who sends their kid to college has just added to their financial burden. I send my kids to college not so much that it's a guaranteed six figure job at the end of the journey. Nope, I send them because their is no meaningful jobs to be had and I want to keep their minds occupied on something constructive rather than focusing on how corrupt America has become. Call it a waste of money? It's my money and I'll do with it what I want to. I call it responsible parenting. 

In God I trust, who else is there?

Dec 11, 2011 5:06PM
avatar strive to reward students who contribute to their school and/or community by getting involved. If we all stepped up to the plate and help out children.
Apr 20, 2011 12:15AM
Well, they can give their money away any way they want to, but I sure hope no one's thinking they can get a job after majoring in Klingon!
Jan 18, 2012 11:20PM
giving back to our future in a form of a scholarship is a small way to have a smarter future 
Sep 28, 2013 8:47PM
I just need $3,000 to finish my Courses for next year. Can you provide that for me? I have this year aid for already. This would be another Bizarre way to pay for school. Just asking for it on the comments section. I am willing to o the interview with you if that will help. Thanks, McKay is the email address that you can contact me at. Thanks again for helping a student in need to relieve the burden from his parents.
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