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The 9 Most Unusual Scholarships

First Posted: 03/23/2012 10:33 am   Updated: 03/23/2012 10:33 am

Going to college is expensive, but you don't need to be a genius to get a scholarship to pay for your education.

Love Dr. Pepper? The soft-drink company will give out cash for college to their loyal fans. Planning on making a career in candy? There's a scholarship for that!

There are some really unique scholarships available, here are a few. What is the craziest?

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  • Tall People Scholarship

    Are you tall? If you're a man who is at least 6'2" or a woman who is at least 5'10", you may be eligible for the Tall Clubs International Scholarship <a href="" target="_hplink">worth $1,000</a>. <em>In the photo: China's former NBA superstar Yao Ming, a newly elected member of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) of Shanghai, takes part in a meeting of Shanghai People's Congress in Shanghai on January 10, 2011. Not content with owning a basketball team, studying business and making wine, China's former NBA superstar Yao Ming has now become the youngest -- and tallest -- legislative advisor in Shanghai.</em>

  • Dr. Pepper

    If you're the type of person who thinks Pibb Xtra cannot possibly substitute for a nice cold Dr. Pepper, then you could get a couple thousand bucks for your loyalty. Dr. Pepper <a href="" target="_hplink">wants to reward</a> its most loyal collegiate fans with $2,500 scholarships.

  • Average Student Scholarship

    The comedy website <a href="">CollegeHumor announced it will give away two $5,000 scholarships to lucky-but-average</a> students for "being themselves." In a statement announcing the scholarship, CollegeHumor argued that plenty of funds already help academically gifted students, but staff wanted to create an award for the "majority of students who fall somewhere in the middle." “Some of the funniest, longest-serving writers at CollegeHumor—myself included—were unexceptional students," said Streeter Seidell, editor-in-chief of "We did our work and got decent grades, but we never really stood out in either direction academically. And now, in these difficult economic times, it's getting harder and harder for average students like we were to get free money for no reason at all."

  • For The Shorter People

    So what if you're not that tall? You can still <a href="" target="_hplink">grab a $1,000 scholarship</a> from the Billy Barty Foundation if you are diagnosed with a form of dwarfism. <em>In the photo: Actor Verne Troyer attends the premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Jack And Jill' at the Regency Village Theatre on November 6, 2011 in Westwood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)</em>

  • Marble Shooting

    Tell your younger siblings to get really good at shooting marbles, because they could win a nice scholarship at the <a href="" target="_hplink">National Marble Tournament</a>. The catch is they have be between 7 and 14 years old. Photo <a href="" target="_hplink">Credit</a>: Asbestos

  • Duct Tape Prom Outfits

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Duck Brand Duct Tape</a> offers a generous scholarship for people who make their prom dress out of duct tape. Versatility is an amazing thing!

  • Candy

    If you're a college student with an interest in entering the confectionery industry, <a href="" target="_hplink">you could be eligible</a> for a $5,000 scholarship. What a sweet deal, eh? <em>In the photo: Items from the candy bar at Bloomingdale's Loyallist Launch Party at Bloomingdale's 59th Street Store on March 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Bloomigdales)</em>

  • Zolp

    We've never met anyone with the last name of Zolp, but if we do, we're going to make sure they know there's a <a href="" target="_hplink">scholarship waiting</a> for them at Loyola University Chicago. Photo of Loyola's campus. Photo <a href="" target="_hplink">Credit</a>: Amerique

  • Vegetarian

    Refusing to eat meat could net you a <a href="" target="_hplink">$5,000 scholarship</a> from the Vegetarian Resource Group.

  • Fire Sprinklers

    The American Fire Sprinkler Association gives away $20,000 in scholarships. To enter you must take a <a href="" target="_hplink">short quiz on fire sprinklers</a>. Photo <a href="" target="_hplink">Credit</a>: Fruggo


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