Quiz: Unusual scholarships for college

Raghu Manavalan Aug 30, 2013
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Quiz: Unusual scholarships for college

Raghu Manavalan Aug 30, 2013
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Scholarships can be an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to paying for college.

They usually don’t cover the whole cost, but that doesn’t mean a family shouldn’t do some homework and see what they can qualify for. And even though most people think scholarships only help those with a high GPA or SAT score, they also award money for other talents and skills. 

Like if you use your left hand. Juanita College offers a $1,000 scholarship if you’re a southpaw.

Or if you have a particular sonic pied piper ability with ducks, there’s a $1,500 prize for the best duck caller entering college.


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 Jon Fortenbury, contributor to USA Today College, told us one of his favorite scholarships is the Zombie Apocalypse scholarship. “That’s specifically where you would run if there was a zombie outbreak at your school, and the five things you would bring. Those students are going to be the most prepared [for college] for sure.”

Is your last name Zolp? Loyola College in Chicago awards one lucky Zolp a scholarship. “I think if you happen to have that last name and don’t go to that college, it’s a little irresponsible, you’re just passing up free money,” Fortenbury says. 

If you’re looking for a scholarship of your own, Fortenbury suggests sites like Zinch, Scholarships.com and Fastweb. 

 


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