Weirdest College Scholarships Ever

ZenCollegeLife hit the books and dug up some wild examples of affirmative action, including scholarships for tall people, the left-handed and psychics.

Those are only a few of the 45 oddball handouts in the story. If you’re a student you might actually find a sugar daddy in the piece, but if you’ve long since graduated, prepare for much wailing and gnashing of teeth when you discover you missed out on the American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship, which lets you qualify for $2,000 simply by reading an essay about sprinklers and answering a 10-question quiz.

45 Of The Weirdest College Scholarships [ZenCollegeLife]

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  1. ConsumerWolf says:

    I think it’s really insulting to refer to a scholarship for left-handed people as “affirmative action”. It minimizes the struggle many real minorities face when trying to get ahead in the world after being the victim of social injustice all of their lives. Not cool, Consumerist.

    • CaptZ says:

      I found that line very amusing……anyone that feels they should get anything more out of life than another really has some serious personal issues and needs to get over themselves. We are all different from one another, which means we are all minorities in our own right. Yet, I don’t think I face any social injustices anymore than anyone else. And certainly don’t deserve anything more than anyone else. This “Oh poor me” lifestyle needs to disappear. We all have struggles……deal with it and move on.

      • ConsumerWolf says:

        A white kid raised in the suburbs and attending private school has no advantage over an African American child raised in the inner city educated in a woefully underfunded public education system?

        We all have struggles? Holy cow, you’re delusional.

        • zigziggityzoo says:

          Make Affirmative Action about money, not about skin color or other things.

          Just like the “black guy in the city,” there are white folk, hispanics, asians, etc. that get educated there, too.

          I went to one of these “lowly” public schools, yet managed to pull off two degrees and 4 years at a big 10 college. I’m in debt up to my eyeballs because I’m white, when some of my friends from the same school as me who weren’t white got most of their education paid for (same university, too).

          • ConsumerWolf says:

            You’re in debt because you’re white? I didn’t realize how difficult it was to be white in America. Have you ever thought of turning your struggle into a movie? You know, to educate those of us who may not know about the challenges of being a white man in this country?

            • zigziggityzoo says:

              That’s BS and you know it. How is it that two people from the same school with the same GPA that go to the same college (and parents make about the same amount of money) are able to end up on the other side of college with such a disparity in debt?

              One gets a $20k NAACP scholarship, and the other one doesn’t.

              • ConsumerWolf says:

                .

              • ConsumerWolf says:

                Just apply some hard work and perseverance, you’ll get out of your debt in no time.

                • tbax929 says:

                  Well, we all know how lazy black folks are, so working hard isn’t going to be an option. We just all sit around waiting for someone to take care of us.

                • Coelacanth says:

                  Yeah, let’s blame him for spending so flippantly on a college education!

                  /sarcasm.

              • tbax929 says:

                Well, I’m black and graduated from college over $20K in debt. You really shouldn’t assume that every minority has received some sort of advantage for being one. It’s more about money than it is about race. I wasn’t able to receive a lot of aid because my parents made too much money. However, they didn’t make enough to put me through college. These sweeping generalizations really piss me off.

            • mudkips says:

              The guy told his story how he didn’t get any financial aid, while his non-white friends in the same situation got money just because they weren’t white. This is an obvious case of racial discrimination. But instead of you getting mad at the discrimination he described, you instead insulted and made fun of him. All through this article you have yapped on and on how privileged and racist all white people are, and that white people face no hardship or discrimination what so ever. Fact is, ALL races can get scholarships because of their race, EXCEPT whites! Now THAT is racism! But you probably don’t give a shit because according to you all white people are evil and privileged and deserve some discrimination, while all non-whites are good and oppressed. Don’t delude yourself, YOU are the biggest racist here!

        • treimel says:

          All too true–for blacks as well as whites. The difference is one of money, not race:

          “In addition, the black students attending such schools come from relatively well-educated and affluent families. Although Bowen and Bok scarcely mention it, 64 percent of the African-Americans in their study had at least one parent who graduated from college (among all black youths of college age, the comparable figure is 11 percent), and only a fifth came from families with incomes of less than $22,000 (nationally, half of all African-Americans of college age fall into this category). Colleges like Princeton and Yale admit an even more advantaged element of the black population, and it stands to reason that such privileged youngsters will graduate at much higher rates than their less affluent peers. “
          http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/_commentary-racial_prefs.htm

          • Verdant Pine Trees says:

            It’s pretty complicated. Just like being Caucasian, being born into a middle class family or making it to Princeton only confers some privilege. For instance, even if you’re from a solidly middle class family, you might have to omit your full name, the name of some organizations you belong to, or the name of your historically black college, from your resume to avoid being “flagged”… and then when you do that, people might be “surprised” when you show up to your interview and you’re not white. (This is also why we know her as “J.K.” Rowling – remember, they didn’t think people wanted to read a book like that from a woman.)

            I’m white, but I see what some of my friends go through. One of my friends put up with racist jokes and commentary in his office to keep his job. The fact that he was born in a middle class home doesn’t suddenly wipe out all racism he encounters. And oh, by the way – because he was middle class he was not offered the same scholarships as friends who came from poorer homes, even though he had a higher class ranking. That happened to me, where my white best friend was offered more money even though my family was just over the poverty line, and hers was solidly middle class. We were both considered excellent students.

            …But one of my (retired) parents had a PhD, and financial aid assumes that people with higher education make more money. Let’s not even talk about the BS that occurs when someone’s parents disown them or refuse to pay for college; two classmates of mine, bright and hard-working twins, turned 18 and found out that Dad decided to use the college funds for a multi-month vacation with the Trophy (Second) Wife. For the next seven years they were stuck in dead-end jobs because Dad and Second Mom didn’t want to foot the bill for college (“I did it myself, you should too!”) and because financial aid did not consider them independent of Dad’s wealth. Even though they were living in an apartment working dead-end jobs.

            Anyway, the fact that I got a prestigious education doesn’t mean that I don’t endure sexism in situations, including some where I’m with my husband, who comes from a working class background and hasn’t had some of the experiences I was lucky to have. I’m not saying I’m happy with the idea of affirmative action, or quotas, but I also know quite a few people who would only be happy to accept people “just like them”, whether that “them” means someone of the same color, background, political ideology, etc.

            And, the fact is, during this recession, hiring of black workers has gone down in all sectors: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34068710/ns/business-economy_at_a_crossroads/

      • Sneeje says:

        @CaptZ… THANK you. I’m so sick of the victimist culture. “Being the victim of social injustice ALL of their lives” is something that happens to a very very few. And yes there is social injustice–all kinds of people get benefits based on things they shouldn’t (height, skin color, beauty, social status, etc.). It will always happen because it is in human nature. And we should always try as hard as possible to bring it to light and minimize it.

        But you know what else works? Hard work and perseverance. Everything I have (apart from the basics provided by my family as a child) today I have because I worked hard–sometimes in three jobs at once to put myself through school and to prove myself in my career.

        • ConsumerWolf says:

          When your high school can’t afford textbooks and you’re stuck in a class with 50 students and one teacher, “hard work and perseverance” only gets you so far. Hard work does not magically provide you with the materials and instruction necessary to be successful.

          • treimel says:

            Too bad affirmative action doesn’t work in any way to address that disparity. I could really get behind a program that provided a leg up for those denied *opportunities* sadly, I saw several kids from my private school benefit from aff. action because of their skin color. One particular example really sticks with me–father was a thoracic surgeon at a teaching hospital and mom was a plastic surgeon. He got a full-ride scholarship. Affirmative action as a credible thing ended for me permanently when that little dance played out.

            • treimel says:

              Oh, and yes, I’m aware that this post is not an example of affirmative action.

            • ConsumerWolf says:

              No offense, but your personal anecdote doesn’t convince me. There is more going on in the world than what your own two eyes see.

              • treimel says:

                No offense taken; I don’t claim that one example defines the world. Nevertheless, study after study shows that affirmative action mostly benefits students from middle calss families and above. Of course it does, for the same reason that disadvantaged people have more barriers to applying to college generally. It’s perfectly natural that the more diadvantaged you are socioeconomically, the less chance you would have to apply and benefit from a race-based preference, or any ohter program. That’s my point–opportunity expansion is not the same thing as looking at race.
                Nevertheless, to me, justice isn’t a thing that can be measured with percentages. The point isn’t that this one kid got a benefit, rather, the point is that it’s an inevitable result of the structural defect inherent in using skin color for, well, anything. It’s simply a bankrupt idea, and a profoundly racist one.

          • CaptZ says:

            More whining? Really? Less whining and more hard work and more searching for the things you need would go much farther than the “whoa is me” attitude.

          • Wolfbird says:

            What are you on about?

            I was in classes like that (to be fair, it was more like 40 students-1 teacher) as I was an anglophone student in a francophone area. I won’t bother explaining why my school system is so shoddy despite living in a first world country in a not-poor area (it’s all politics), but I can tell you that “bawww high student-teacher ratios make dumb students” is utter horseshit.

            I had to share textbooks, my gym class had a bunch of half-inflated soccer balls and a ripped badminton net, science class experiemts consisted of 1 preserved beef heart (we had to buy it at the grocery store and preserve it so all the classes could look at it), had no runing water in the bathroom sinks.. and I still averaged in the mid-80s, including those government-issues final exams (the same ones the “rich” schools’ students got).

            Dumb kids are dumb, and will stay dumb as long as they stay unmotivated. Now that the internet is a staple in most homes, dumb kids have even less excuses. I grew up without the internet, but believe me, I’d have asked it for help with things I didn’t understand. Instead I had to reread things twice, ask my teacher, or heaven forbid… talk to the other smart kids!

        • CaptZ says:

          You’re welcome!

      • morganlh85 says:

        And anyone delusional enough to think that other people don’t have any less than them and don’t deserve an opportunity ALSO needs to get over themselves, and perhaps take a visit to an inner city school for a reality check.

    • Tallanvor says:

      Some studies have suggested that on average, left-handed men make 15% more than right-handed men if they started college, and 26% more if they graduated, so I suppose that it would be scholarships for right handed people that would be considered affirmative action.

      That said, even well into the 20th century, left-handedness was often considered a disability, and teachers would do everything they could to force children to write with their right hand, and many saying still in use today are rather insulting to left-handed people (such as talking about a left-handed complement or saying someone has two left feet, for example), and it is still often difficult for left-handed children to be properly taught how to write. Not to mention how hard it can be to find products for left-handed people (ever try to cut neatly with scissors designed for your other hand?)

      Finally, lefties are estimated to make up 7-10% of the population, so by any definition, that still makes left-handed people a minority group, even if it is not one that is widely considered to be discriminated against.

      • ConsumerPop says:

        “(ever try to cut neatly with scissors designed for your other hand?)”

        Yes, I have, and then I learned to use my right hand. Though the can opener is still a struggle…

        • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

          Have you ever visited the Leftorium, you sinister person you?

          • tbax929 says:

            The problem is that products designed for us lefties cost a lot more than products designed for righties. I’ve just learned how to do many things right-handed, even though they’d be much easier for me to do left-handed. Also, I cannot write in a three-ring binder. I have to reverse the pages in it.

            • ConsumerPop says:

              I hated that in school!! I had to tilt my binder about 45 degrees and still had to try and write straight-ish. Also see things lefties hate: pencil/pen smudge, bumping elbows with their righty deskmate (eww!)

              • tbax929 says:

                Nobody wants to sit next to you at dinner because you’re going to constantly bump into one another.

                • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

                  My Ex was a leftie. We managed to at least make THAT part of our relationship work.

                • Syncop8d1 says:

                  When I was in the Army, one time on the firing range I was situated next to a leftie. The problem there was that she was closer to me (she was to my left and her legs swung toward me whereas my rightie position had my legs angling to the left toward her) than the other folks were to each other (all righties). Her shell casings (which come out of the right side of the weapon) kept hitting me and those suckers are HOT. I guess they could have put her to the far right of the range so then nobody would get hit with those casings.

      • Verdant Pine Trees says:

        I have to give this to Tallanvor; I know my great-uncle, long passed, was treated shamefully by his teachers because of his left-handedness. This would have been back in the ’20s. The family seemed to think that the constant pressure and name-calling caused him to begin stuttering.

        But it’s not so bad today… it’s more annoying than anything. For instance, my close friend can’t use one of my peelers and some scissors are uncomfortable. I can relate. Due to an injury I had several years ago (I’m right handed) I do a couple of things with my left hand. I’m pretty sick of arriving at my desk at my day job, only to find that someone has moved my mouse and keyboard without returning it back.

      • Platypi {Redacted} says:

        As a youth coach, I have run across players that looked super awkward on the right side of the plate. Come to find out, their previous coach (in teeball or whatever) didn’t bother to figure out if they were left or right handed, and just forced them all to hit from the right side. Flip them around, and suddenly things feel comfortable for them! Balance that with the ultracompetitive dad that forces his right handed son to hit left handed so he has an advantage (closer to first and easier to hit righties).
        I do love telling my left-handed friends that they are “wrong-handed” since I am “right-handed”. They don’t like it so much.

      • Laines says:

        When I started Kindergarten in 1970 the teacher tied my left hand to the chair so that I would be forced to write with my right. And yes, it was a public school. Since Daughter #1 is a lefty I made sure that this is no longer done before she started school.

    • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

      Sorry. Did someone piss in your cheerios this morning? Affirmative action is gauze on a gunshot wound. Saying you must hire a certain amount of minorities does not end centuries of discrimination! You hire the first, most qualified applicant that will work well with your staff, and the last time I checked, black people aren’t much of a minority anymore. Don’t act so asshurt because the Consumerist’s sense of humor hurt your feelings. Grow up and take action!

    • P_Smith says:

      Try growing up lefthanded with schoolteachers and parents who beat you for “being satanic” by using your left hand, or medical “professionals” who insist on putting every painful injection in your left arm, and then claim there isn’t discrimination.

      Like any majority/minority issue, the majority is blind to the problem because they’re not affected by it.

      • tsume says:

        I’m affected by the issue of no scholarships for healthy, right handed Caucasian males. But like any majority/minority issue, the majority is blind to the problem because they aren’t affected by it. The majority being everyone who doesn’t fall into the above category.

        You don’t need extra money for college because of your left hand or your skin color. Get a job and pay for your school like everyone else.

        Affirmative action can go to hell.

    • magdelane says:

      As an alum, I can state that the left-handed scholarship at Juniata College isn’t about ‘Affirmative Action” They don’t even care if the recipient is *really* left-handed or not… see Juniata’s article on the scholarship
      http://www.juniata.edu/services/news/index.html?SHOWARTICLE+17

  2. Joewithay says:

    You are sort of misusing the phrase, “affirmative action” since these scholarships and not a policy for a school to get more left-handed tall psychics to be represented at their school.

  3. xerotope says:

    When I was in High School, I applied for a scholarship that was for whites only. There’s your affirmative action!

    I wish I could remember the sponsoring organization.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Klux Kommunity Kollege?

      • ConsumerWolf says:

        WIN

        • zigziggityzoo says:

          Yes, it’s so racist to have a “whites only” scholarship, but when there’s one for blacks, asians, or hispanics only, That’s fine and dandy?

          Racism is racism.

          • tbax929 says:

            You’re proving to be quite the expert on racism. Or at least on spewing it.

            • treimel says:

              So you’re okay with a “whites only/blacks only/ whatever only” scholarship? I’m certainly not, and I don’t think that = spewing racism. Reasonable people can (and do) disagree about whether race should be a factor in such thing without anyone being a racist.

        • Nemesis_Enforcer says:

          Don’t forget Affirmative action cuts both ways. I am very white; when I lived in Germany the locals thought I was German because of my looks. Anyway my wife is of Mexican descent when she applied for student loans with my Germanic last name she got approved for nothing. When she reverted back to her maiden name of Gomez she got over $25,000 in scholarships. Same test scores, same experience just a different last name. Is that fair? I am a disabled Vet and I don’t qualify for crap and I barely make 30k living in L.A. working full time and going to school full time. So tell me again how great us white people have it? I grew up dirt poor in the rural south and my family couldn’t afford to even help me with college. I was one of several in my town who joined the Military because it was the only way we could afford to go to college. So take it from someone who has gotten shafted by AA it is a BS excuse for some people.

      • TouchMyMonkey says:

        Actually, I have heard of these being offered at traditionally African-American colleges, as a way to encourage white students to apply. Would I go to SC State if they offered me a scholarship? Why the hell not?

        • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

          Do they have an awesome band program led by Dr. Lee?

          Damn you for making me remember that movie! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsXSTAs4C_0

          • Rectilinear Propagation says:

            It’s been a while since I’ve seen it but did they ever explain how the Hell someone who can’t read sheet music passed a sight reading test?

            • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

              He was a mimic. As long as he heard it once, he could instantly replay it. My aunt is the same way w/guitar. Can’t/can barely read sheet music, yet after one listen, she can get close, and after two, can play it note for note. But she can read words just fine. Remember the scene where Sean was playing his solo, and it played in slow motion? That was meant to show Devon was memorizing it. Sean eventually realizes this(when he played a practice piece meant to make people stumble when they read it flawlessly), and had him try to play a routine he had never heard before.

              DAMN YOU for making me remember it more.

              • Rectilinear Propagation says:

                But that’s my point, it was a sight reading test. It’s supposed to be a piece of music that you’ve never seen or heard before, not even from the other people attempting the piece before you.

                And even if they screwed it up and let him hear and watch other people trying to play the part that still doesn’t explain how he knew who played which parts correctly…to the point where he apparently did it with no mistakes.

                I’m going to chalk this up to a huge movie mistake so that you don’t have to remember any more of it.

                • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

                  OK, just rewatched the scene(Damn you!). They had them all lined up on the sidelines of the football field with Dr. Lee, Sean, and someone else at a table in the middle of the field, who they played in front of. They said:

                  “Have you noticed this crab hasn’t looked down at his sheet music once?”
                  “So?”
                  “So? Who memorizes an audition piece? It’s complicated. It’s supposed to be read. They expect you to stumble through.”
                  “What, like you?”

                  I’m guessing they didn’t spring it on them because they also expected them to perform w/flourish/move, like the big drummers did. Also, you can tell when someone messes up a piece being performed, because it doesn’t flow anymore, and as good as Devon is, he could piece together the right piece. They also establish his “freestyle skillz” and the ability to adapt/create on the fly.

                  Sweet Jebus with wheels, why am I critically analyzing Drumline?!?!

  4. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Is ZenCollegeLife Matthew Lesko? I remember him jumping around the studio telling us how to get free money for whatever and how to get scholarships for the craziest things. Whatever happened to him? He was no Billy Mays, I tell you what.

    • Cameraman says:

      Jefferson Twilight killed him the other week. He thought he was a supervillian because he was wearing a suit “covered in punctuation” like The Riddler.

  5. Kabukistar says:

    Having a scholarship for lefties or tall people isn’t that much weirder than any other demographic-based scholarship, when you think about it.

  6. mobybvr says:

    I got a scholarship with the following requirements: must be a male age 14-20, must prove 100% german ancestry for three complete generations, and must visit a grave site July 20th every year (the founder’s wife’s grave).

  7. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    G-d, the comments here are depressing.

    I hearby propose the following new HTML tags:
    The humor tag
    The kidding tag
    The sarcasm tag
    The hyperbole tag
    The ‘not-literal’ tag
    The ‘not-serious’ tag
    The serious tag
    The sincere tag
    The honest tag

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      WOW! That’s got to be the best list of tags ever! I mean, who else but you could have come up with such a great list?

      OK, I was kidding. I’m very sorry if I offended you. Seriously.

      I think that comment fits all 9 of your tags.

    • Amish Undercover says:

      Wait are you kidding or serious?

    • El-Brucio says:

      I think the depressing replies are from people who are aware the posting is supposed to be funny. Well, most of them are aware.

      That doesn’t stop affirmative action from being a hot button issue for many people.

      When people care deeply about an issue, they may feel a joke is in poor taste. Putting in a tag about humor is unlikely to dissuade them.

      • Rectilinear Propagation says:

        When people care deeply about an issue, they may feel a joke is in poor taste.

        I don’t really have a problem with a, “You’re trying to make a joke about X and it’s not funny” comment since it at least recognizes that it was an attempt at humor.

        I have a problem with BS wankage. It’s a post about unusual scholarships. Yet people used the fact that the phrase “affirmative action” was used at all to rant about racism, reverse racism, how racism doesn’t exist, how racism doesn’t matter, and how anything that excludes anybody regardless of the reason is racist.

        • treimel says:

          Wait a sec–just because someone responds to the aff. action debatre above doesn’t mean that the person doesn’t know the original post to be a light-heated “hey look at these funny scholarships.” I thought everybody got that. Well, everybody except consumerwolf.

  8. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    I remember the OP Loftbed Scholarship. I thought it was a scam.

    But why are the Tylenol Scholarship and the Collegiate Inventors Competition considered weird?

  9. levenhopper says:

    Thanks Consumerist! I just applied for the fire sprinkler scholarship. I hope I win…my dad said if I do, he’ll donate $50 out of his money (NOT the scholarship prize) to your tip-jar for a finders fee.

  10. Dondegroovily says:

    What a crappy article. Here’s the mindset:

    “Hahaha, a welding scholarship? Who needs a welding scholarship?” – Actually, there is a serious shortage of welders, and they get paid big bucks.

    “Tylenol has a scholarship? Hahahahaha” Well, yeah, why not?

    One I do genuinely thing is hilarious? Evans Scholar for caddies in need. Does anyone who plays golf qualify as “in need?” The cost of the equipment alone is enough to prove you aren’t.

    • ConsumerWolf says:

      The author’s mindset seems to be peculiarly anti-working class AND anti-intellectual.

      God forbid someone in interested in fungus. Stupid nerds trying to understand the world we live in.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Hey, just ask Danny Noonan about how a college scholarship for caddies is in need.

      Na-na-na-na-na-na…

    • Coelacanth says:

      Yeah, several of those entries aren’t exactly “weird” to me. There should be all sorts of industry-driven scholarships out there.

      Even as ConsumerWolf’s replies note, why the heck is the Tylenol scholarship even up there? They’re a big pharmaceutical company offering a very generous scholarship for pre-med students! That’s not weird at all, and I’ve known about it for years.

      On the otherhand, I have a friend who submitted an essay for The Fountainhead scholarship. Don’t know if she won one of the prizes.

      • Rectilinear Propagation says:

        And if Tylenol offering scholarships to people pursuing medical careers is weird then why isn’t the Johnson & Johnson scholarship for people who want to become nurses weird?

    • MaytagRepairman says:

      I know somebody who worked as a system administrator and decided to be a missionary for a year. When he came back employers said sorry you’ve been out of the game for a year and we don’t believe your skills are current any more. Sounds like B.S. to me but that is his story. The only job he could get was a graveyard shift commuting far away from his family so he took welding classes. Despite the economy he is now working a short distance from home and putting in serious overtime each week. I don’t think I could do it but he seems to enjoy it.

    • madanthony says:

      umm, the caddie scholarship isn’t for people who play golf. it’s for the people who carry the shit for the people who play golf.

  11. Rocket says:

    Oh man, I wish I could qualify for some of these scholarships. Any money to help me pay for my college would be nice.

  12. jiarby says:

    Here in AZ an illegal alien (cough, er, undocumented student) can get a scholarship!!
    http://www.maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/2008_Scholarship_List.pdf

  13. El-Brucio says:

    A lot of the scholarships, though somewhat weird, seem to be set up by people/groups who genuinely want people in similar circumstances to be able to succeed in college.

    A few of the others though just seem like marketing genius. I’m surprised there isn’t one by Laramie cigarettes requiring you to write an essay on their smooth, smooth taste to qualify. I wonder how the money spent on a scholarship by a company compares to money spent advertising in other media in terms of returns.

  14. roguemarvel says:

    I was going to see if i could get my husband to apply for the Tall people scholarship (he is 6’4) but it only applies to first year students under the age of 21. Bummer.

    Don’t they know Grad students need a little help too?

  15. H3ion says:

    Some of the scholarships seem oriented toward careers for which colleges don’t offer coursed, like welding (although I’ve seen people use welding in metal sculpture but I don’t think that’s what’s intended here). Is it discriminatory to require that the applicant be able suscessfully to convert oxygen to carbon dioxide?

  16. ZekeDMS says:

    Like tall people don’t get enough bias in their favor! Where’s the short guy scholarship?

    • ZekeDMS says:

      Excluding the Billy Barty Foundation, I should say. 4 inches above average gets you a scholarship, but 12 below? Fef!

  17. Darkneuro says:

    I remember going through the scholarship/grant books when I was in high school… It’s scary what some people/organizations have left legacies for.

  18. magdelane says:

    I’m an alum of the school (Juniata College) with the left-handed scholarship. It is a genuine scholarship based on academic qualification and need, in addition to being left handed. The alum who started the scholarship wanted to help students like herself… Juniata has a lot of odd and one-off scholarships set up by alumni. There’s even one for redheads. Hee.
    (Hey, and donors can set up whatever stipulations they want if they are funding the entire thing!)

  19. Wirehead says:

    I got a scholarship for being of primarily Polish descent.