5 Eyebrow-Raising College Scholarships

Cheryl Lock
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left-handedGood grades aren’t the only thing that can help your kid score a college scholarship these days. Fox Business rounded up a couple of the craziest ways that students can earn some money to put toward their tuition costs. Here are some of the unusual opportunities they found:

The Height Advantage

It’s hard to measure the value of an education, but you can measure the height of a scholarship applicant. And height will make a difference when it comes to these two scholarships: The Tall Clubs International gives out $1,000, paid for the first year of college, to women who are at least 5 feet 10 inches and men who are 6 feet 2 inches or taller. Check out how to apply here. Whereas, the Little People of America doles out scholarships between $250 and $1,000 for would-be students who are typically no taller than 4 foot 10 inches and fit the organization’s other requirements.

Stuck at Prom

Forget the fancy prom dresses and rental tuxes for the big dance. If your kid makes an amazing prom outfit using duct tape (yes, duct tape) instead, she could be lucky enough to score a $5,000 scholarship for her first year of school from Duck brand duct tape. See the full rules and last year’s winners here.

Where No Scholarship Has Gone Before

The hours your kid spent obsessing over “Star Trek” and learning Klingon did not go to waste. You can enter him for a chance to win up to $1,000 from The Starfleet Scholarship Program to live long and prosper in college. Review the application specs here.

The Vegetarian Option

really wish I’d known about the $5,000 scholarship from The Vegetarian Resource Group when I went to school. As the website states, “Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $10,000 [in the form of two $5,000 scholarships] in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities.” Examine all the ingredients for a successful application here.