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Have you heard of these college scholarships?

With summer coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about school again. And if you’re entering your last few years of high school, you should be thinking about applying for college scholarships. Scholarships are a great way to lower the college bill with minimal effort required by you. There are hundreds of scholarships out there, but sometimes it helps to think a little outside the box. The more of a niche interest the scholarship has, the better your chances are of receiving it, as there are usually less people applying for it. Here’s a list of some unusual and unique scholarships to consider:

Tall Club International Scholarship
As the name implies, the basis for this scholarship is your height. The Tall Clubs International Foundation is a non-profit created to benefit the interests of tall people. The foundation awards multiple scholarships of up to $1000 each. Just how tall do you have to be to apply? The height requirement is 5' 10" for women and 6' 2" for men. Aside from the height, you also must be entering your first year of college in the fall of 2017. The deadline to request an application is February 1, 2017, and the scholarship application is due March 1, 2017.

Ayn Rand Scholarships
Are you a huge Ayn Rand fan? Then these may be the scholarships for you. The Ayn Rand Institute offers multiple scholarships, each one open to different grade levels.

  • The Fountainhead contest is open to juniors and seniors in high school. This contest requires students to write an essay on one of three topics related to Rand’s book The Fountainhead. The first place winner will be awarded $10,000, while the runner ups will receive prizes between $50 and $2,000. The deadline is April 26, 2017.

  • The Atlas Shrugged contest is open to seniors in high school (as well as current college undergrad and graduate students). Students must write an essay on one of three topics related to Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged. First place for this contest is $20,000, with smaller amounts given to the runner ups. The deadline is April 28, 2017. Judging for both contests will be based on students showing an understanding of the meaning of the story and their ability to argue and justify their views.

Make A Difference Poster Scholarship
Are you artistic with a passion for making a difference? Then check out the Make a Difference Poster Scholarship provided by The Christophers. Students must create a poster that interprets the theme of “One Person Can Make a Difference.” Posters can be made by hand or digitally. First prize is $1,000, and runner ups can receive prizes between $100 and $500. The deadline is February 27, 2017 and all high school students are eligible. The posters made by past winners can be found on The Christophers website in case you need some inspiration to get started.

Common Knowledge Scholarship
If you enjoy trivia, you might enjoy the Common Knowledge Scholarship. To compete for the scholarship, you must take quizzes on a variety of subjects that range from common knowledge to books and movies. Multiple quizzes are offered throughout the year, and scores are based on both accuracy and time. Quizzes are open to all U.S. high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. The award amounts start at $250 and can go up to $2,500.



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