5 Scholarships for Students With Unusual Skills

Looking for a way to pay for college? You're not alone. With tuition costs on the rise, more and more students are relying on scholarships and financial aid to cover school expenses and make ends meet. Thankfully, not all scholarships require a perfect GPA or stellar test scores. Here are 5 unusual scholarships for more unique talents.

Stuck at Prom 2011

Creative couples who design formal wear made of duct tape and then wear the duct tape designs to the prom could win one of three Duck tape’s Stuck at Prom scholarships. The first place couple will receive $5,000 apiece, while the second place couple will earn $3,000 each. Third place duct tape designers will receive $2,000 apiece. 

Unusual Skill: A talent for duct tape fashion design
Deadline: June 13, 2011

KLI Academic Award: The Kor Memorial Scholarship

Each year, The Klingon Language Institute (KLI) awards $500 to a student enrolled in a language study program. Not fluent in Klingon? According to the KLI website, “familiarity with Klingon or other constructed languages isn’t required.” However, “creative and innovative applicants are preferred.”

Unusual Skill: Enrollment in language studies program, knowledge of Klingon a plus
Deadline: June 1, 2011

Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship

Aspiring ghost hunters need college money too! The lucky recipient of the Eileen J. Garret Scholarship will receive $3,000 to study the science of parapsychology at an established university. All applicants must demonstrate a previous interest in parapsychology, submit writing samples, and provide three letters of references from individuals familiar with the student’s work/studies in parapsychology.

Unusual Skill: A demonstrated interest in ghost hunting
Deadline: July 15, 2011

Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship

The American Sheep Industry Association is offering $1,500 to a graduate-level student enrolled in sheep and/or wool-related studies (animal science, agriculture economics, veterinary medicine, etc.).

Unusual Skill: Enrollment in sheep studies field
Deadline: June 1, 2011

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

Any high school senior in America can compete in Stuttgart Arkansas’ annual duck calling contest. The first place winner will receive a $2,000 college scholarship, while second place duck callers will take home $1,000. Third and fourth place winners will receive $750 and $500 respectively. This year’s Duck Festival kicks off November 19, with college bound duck callers competing on November 25. 

Unusual Skill: A talent for duck calling
Deadline: November 25, 2011

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