For most of us, paying for college is stressful -- but that doesn't mean it can't be fun. Some organizations offer scholarships that are bound to make you smile, even if you don't qualify. Check out 11 of our favorites below. For more, go to the full list of 45 Weirdest College Scholarships, as reported by Zen College Life.
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KLI Academic Award: The Kor Memorial Scholarship
Although the Klingon Language Institute does not require interested students to speak Klingon, fluency in the Trekkie language certainly doesn't hurt. Successful candidates receive <a href="http://www.kli.org/scholarship/" target="_hplink">$500</a> for their work in fields of language studies.
American Association of Candy Technologists Scholarship
Candy technology is no joke. The winner of <a href="http://www.aactcandy.org/aactscholarship.asp" target="_hplink">this award receives $5,000</a>, and only college sophomores, juniors and seniors who have a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology, are majoring in a food science, chemical science, biological science or related area and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA are considered.
Michigan Llama Association Scholarship
In order to be considered for this <a href="http://www.michiganllama.org/youth.html#scholarship" target="_hplink">$500 prize</a>, you must be a member (or the child of a member) of the Michigan Llama Association, maintain at least a 2.7 GPA and demonstrate good citizenship qualities.
American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship
The American Fire Sprinkler Association is serious about fire safety -- so serious that they give <a href="http://www.afsascholarship.org/" target="_hplink">$1,000 scholarships</a> to five high school graduates who fill out a ten question, open-book quiz about sprinklers after reading up on the nifty devices.
Tall Clubs International Scholarships
To qualify for this scholarship, you must be under 21 years of age, an entering freshman, and at least 5'10" if female or 6'2" if male. For this you can be awarded <a href="http://www.tall.org/scholarships.cfm" target="_hplink">up to $1,000</a>.
Excellence in Predicting the Future Award
Don't be fooled by this award's magical name. The excellence in predicting the future award goes to the student who is best able to increase their account value in a mock stock market. Prize is <a href="http://www.aie.org/Scholarships/detail.cfm?id=2007961" target="_hplink">valued at up to $400</a> and given every two months.
Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship
If you have demonstrated interest in the academic study of the science of parapsychology you might receive <a href="http://www.parapsychology.org/dynamic/040200.html" target="_hplink">$3,000 from the Parapsychology Foundation, Inc.,</a> to help you continue in your transcendental pursuits.
United States Bowling Congress (USBA) Scholarships
As if you needed another reason to join a bowling league. Young members of the United States Bowling Congress have the opportunity to dip into the more than <a href="http://www.bowl.com/scholarships/" target="_hplink">$6 million deep pockets</a> of bowling associations across the nation.
Collegiate Inventors Competition
College and graduate students who develop the most innovative inventions, as determined by a team of judges from a variety of fields, <a href="http://www.invent.org/collegiate/overview.html" target="_hplink">can win $10,000 and $15,000,</a> respectively, for their ideas.
Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest
Fans of L. Ron Hubbard might want to enter the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest held in his honor. <a href="http://www.writersofthefuture.com/" target="_hplink">Awards of $500, $750 and $1,000</a> are given every three months to the best works in science fiction. These tidy sums may be topped off by an annual grand prize of $5,000.
If you are Catholic, your last name is Zolp and you attend <a href="http://www.luc.edu/finaid/scholarships_loyola.shtml" target="_hplink">Loyola University in Chicago</a>, you are pretty much guaranteed some money. Once you've provided the University with copies of your birth certificate and baptismal/confirmation certificate, you will receive funds from this endowed award, depending on availability and number of other eligible students.