While most scholarships only grant financial awards to students who show very high potential on either the academics or sports sides, it is not to say that those who do not have the capacity to excel above everyone else can be given a chance to have a more accessible route towards their education. Little is known about these which may initially seem to be a little weird, but it does not mean that they are as unreal as it gets. Programs that grant financial aids to ski enthusiasts and even to those vertically challenged are available, among others. Plus, not so many people apply for awards, so the chances of being chosen are even much higher than the norm.
Here are some examples of obscure scholarships for high school seniors in the United States, ready to be grabbed by those willing to go the extra mile.
JOHN KITT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Just by being a candy enthusiast, anyone would already be able to apply for this scholarship program. As this was founded by the American Association of Candy Technologists, an applicant is required to be majoring in food, chemical or biological science closely related to confectionery production, and a $5,000.00 grant will be given to the successful candidate. More details can be found here: http://www.aactcandy.org/aactscholarship.asp
MYCOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA SCHOLARSHIPS
Those who are interested in the very cringe-worthy world of molds, fungus and lichens can already apply for this type of scholarship. Ranging from Undergraduate Research to Best Oral and Poster Presentation Awards, a variety of amounts can be given to those who pass the organization’s expectations. More can be found here: http://msafungi.org/AWARDS.aspx
CHUCK ALLEN SNOWBOARD SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Snowboarders and Freeskiiers in the United States further promote their adrenaline-filled activity by awarding candidates scholarship grants, and they base the acceptance on the value of the applicants’ transcripts, recommendation letters and even their snowboarding game success. Their scholarship page is made available here: https://www.usasa.org/index.php/127-press-releases/press/428-usasa-scholarship-award-renamed-the-chuck-allen-scholarship-award
LITTLE PEOPLE OF AMERICA SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to those who have a specific height of 4’10” or shorter, individuals diagnosed with dwarfism can get a chance to be fully funded for a college or vocational education fee. The application for this program should be made in haste—only two people can be given the scholarship, and more details can be found in there website: http://www.lpaonline.org/scholarships-and-assistance-grants
Just by having the surname “Gatling” or “Gatlin”, any interested party pursuing a college degree can get amounts ranging from $9,000.00 to $18,000.00. This is not bad at all, especially since the main requirement has already been fulfilled since the moment of the individual’s birth. This is renewable for up to four years, and more can be found here: https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarship-directory/scholarship-amount/scholarships-greater-than-50000