Weird scholarships are a unique way to get the extra cash you need for college. Most traditional scholarships are based on grades, accomplishments and need. Weird scholarships have their own unusual criteria. There are weird scholarships almost anyone can qualify for to get the money needed for higher education.

Are Weird Scholarships Really Weird?

Weird scholarships have specialized criteria so a variety of applicants have access to cash for college. From being tall to being a Star Trek fan, there are weird scholarships everyone can apply for. Celebrate what makes you one-of-a-kind by finding a weird scholarship to reward it. There are all types of weird scholarships but most are not odd or scary – just different. Check out some of the unconventional scholarships you can apply for to get the money you need for school.

Internet Weird Scholarships

Many weird scholarships request you write an essay about an unusual topic, such as how broadband Internet changed your life.

Alliance for Public Technology is offering a $250 to $1,000 scholarship for their “Tell the Next President How Broadband Changed My Life” contest. The scholarship is open to students who are 18 and older and U.S. residents. You must submit an essay (50 to 300 words) about how broadband Internet changed your life to be eligible. More details are available at http://www.apt.org/BB-changed-my-life/.

Just Ducky Weird Scholarships

Do you enjoy duck calling? It would be just ducky if you won this scholarship.

The Chick & Sophie Major Memorial Scholarship Duck Calling Contest awards $1,500 to the winner, $500 to the first runner-up, $300 to the second runner-up and $200 to the third runner-up for calling ducks. Contestants have 90 seconds to use four calls and can use the scholarships to further education in any field. For more information visit the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce in Stuttgart, Arkansas at http://stuttgartarkansas.org/future.htm.

Tall and Short Weird Scholarships

Whether you are tall or short, there are weird scholarships just for you.

Tall Clubs International (TCI) is a nonprofit organization for tall adults with 50 members clubs and 2,000 members throughout the US and Canada. Their mission is “to promote tall awareness among tall men and women and in the community.” TCI awards students scholarships up to $1,000 at the annual TCI convention. Recipients must meet minimum height requirements of 5'10” for women and 6'2” for men. For more information, visit their website at http://www.tall.org/scholarships.cfm?CFID=582151&CFTOKEN=71613350.

Little People of America, Inc. (LPA) is a nonprofit organization offering support to people no taller than 4'10” often with the condition known as dwarfism. LPA offers educational scholarships to prospective and current students attending vocational school or college in the US. The awards range from $250 to $1,000 or more. For additional information, visit the LPA website at http://www.lpaonline.org/mc/page.do.

Television Weird Scholarships

Are you a Star Trek fan? You may want to apply for Klingon Language Kor Memorial Scholarship.

The Klingon Language Kor Memorial Scholarship recognizes scholarship in the fields of language study. Familiarity with Klingon is not required but innovative creativity is preferred for this $500 award. The annual graduate or undergraduate student recipient is announced at the KLI annual conference. For more information, visit their website at http://www.kli.org/scholarship/.

This is just a small sampling of the weird scholarships out there for the taking. Other weird scholarships range from the American Nudist Research Scholarship to the Excellence in Predicting the Future Award. Show off your favorite hobby or simply show off who you are to qualify for weird scholarships to get real money for higher education.