12 Unexpected Ways To Get A Scholarship

Grades aren’t the only way to get a bunch of money for college. It’s never too late to pursue some higher education, and it’s never out of the question that there’s a scholarship for you.

1. Playing hand-held video games.

Specifically, playing Pokemon can earn you a bunch of cash to attend school. The Pokémon Company International awards scholarships to the top finishers at the Pokémon TCG U.S National Championships and the Pokémon World Championships.

2. Being a dad.

Males 31 and over qualify to apply for scholarship simply for being a father. DADS REJOICE!

3. Speaking Klingon.

The KIL (Kilngon Language Institute) offers something called the Kor Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes and rewards language study.

4. Duck calling.

Win the Duck Calling Contest and you’re looking at $2,000 big ones towards your higher education.

5. Being an animal lover.

Riding horses, studying reptiles, and even planning to get a pet-related degree of any kind can lead to some extra scratch for school.

6. Being a grape lover.

Seriously. Studying grapes can get you a scholarship to pursue academics in Enology and Viticulture.

7. Playing the bagpipes.

Such a specialized skill can land you $7,000 towards your musical education. That includes subsidized kilts!

8. Playing with marbles.

Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001) / Via film-instant.tumblr.com

Mibsters can compete in the National Marbles Tournament and win college scholarships.

9. Taking an interest in vacuum coating.

No, not that kind of vacuum. (Pro-tip, Google says it has nothing to do with actual vacuuming.) You can earn over $2,500 by taking an interest in a related scientific field.

10. Writing greeting cards.

The annual Create-A-Greeting-Card competition is worth $10,000 in scholarship funds. Better work on your rhyme scheme!

11. Being an advocate for milk.

Pursue a degree in the marketing of dairy products, and you can earn yourself some scholarship dough. Seriously.

12. Reading an essay about fire sprinklers.

All you need to do is read this essay and answer a few questions about fire sprinklers, and you can win up to $5,000!

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