Going to college has become increasingly more expensive. Fortunately, there are hundreds of scholarships available to high-school seniors and current college students.
Many of these opportunities go unfilled every year! It’s extremely important for inbound college students to pursue aid outside government loans to help bring down costs.
Most private foundation scholarships are boringly conventional, displaying typical guidelines like submitting an essay or showcasing certain academic accomplishments.
On the flip side - if you don’t feel you fit into the conventional requirements--there’s a slew of scholarships available with both bizarre and humorous requirements, making the application both challenging and fun! Here’s a few unique options to get you started!
1) “Stuck at Prom” Scholarship Contest
This contest is open to students currently attending high school, a home school association, or are planning to attend any school-sanctioned prom. In order to enter, you must create a do-it-yourself outfit (either a tux or dress) with Duck Brand tape. Participants must submit a photo of themselves wearing it.
Ten awards will be given out: 6 $10,000 grand prize winners and 4 $100 runner-up prizes.
So if you’re crafty and are up to the task, create an amazing duct tape outfit, get your friends to vote for you online, and potentially win yourself $10,000 for your college fund!
2) Fifth Month Scholarship
Does the number five have a special meaning to you? It should now, since this scholarship could win you $1,500! Need another reason? May is the fifth month of the year, and that's prime time to apply for scholarships.
This scholarship essentially wants applicants to raise awareness for the number five and the ways it could be important. All you have to do is write a 250-word essay explaining your reasoning, whether funny or serious, and submit it online. Pretty simple, right?
To apply, you have to be at least 13 years old, be a legal resident in the United States or the District of Columbia, and be currently enrolled--or plan to enroll by 2026--in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.
The application deadline for this scholarship is on May 31, 2020. Winners will be notified through email or by phone on or around August 31, 2020.
3) Tall Clubs International Foundation Scholarship
Did you ever think you could get money for being tall? This scholarship awards multiple annual $1,000 scholarships to applicants meeting certain height requirements.
The Tall Clubs International Organization, Inc (TCI) is a non-profit organization created to benefit tall people. They’re currently focused on funding scholarships for students younger than 21 years old, about to enter their first year of college in 2020, and who meet the minimum height requirements of 5’10” (for women) and 6’2” (for men).
Before applying, check this list to see if the TCI club nearest to you participates in the scholarship program. If they do, it will read “Scholarship program: YES!” on the list. If there aren’t any TCI clubs participating near you, send submissions and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure to include your city and state in the email and to also include the word “Scholarship” in your subject line - or it will not be opened. You may request an application from now until February 1, 2020, with the application due date being March 1, 2020.
While Applying for Scholarships - Start Using Social Crowdfunding
Aside from applying for scholarships, there are incredible communities readily willing to help support you through college, like the one waiting for you at dreamOway!
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