Unique scholarships give unexpected opportunities
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 23:09
Scholarships are often handed out based on academics, athletics and financial need. However, this is not always the case, as many more unique scholarships are appearing.
At certain universities, scholarships are offered without any merit involved; sometimes even because of a name or physical attribute of a student. At Arizona State University, a scholarship for a student with one brown eye and one blue eye was awarded. Another scholarship granted is the Tall Club International Student Scholarship in which a student can apply for a scholarship of up to $1,000 just because of their height. The qualifications include a height of at least 5’10” for women and at least 6’2” for men. At Duke and Harvard, students are eligible to receive a scholarship for having a certain last name or ancestor. If a student’s last name is Murphy or that student is an ancestor of a Huguenot, a scholarship could be available.
Special scholarships that are not in accordance with academics or athletics have also been created at UConn. A scholarship fund has been created to support the college costs of siblings of those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the dependents of the adults who lost their lives or who were physically wounded, as well as students currently enrolled at the elementary school, who are accepted to the University in the future. Many notable members of the UConn community have donated to this fund, including women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma and his wife, Kathy, as well as chairperson of the UConn Foundation Board of Directors, Mark R. Shenkman.
The Vegetarian Resource Group is offering two $5,000 scholarships to high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools or communities. VRG says that, “applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through vegetarian diet/lifestyle.”
The Asparagus Club is also offering scholarships for students interested in a career with the food or grocery industry. These careers include supermarket management and ownership, convenience store management, food safety, food plant management and traffic management. For over 15 years, the Asparagus Club has awarded more than $850,000 in scholarships and each year awards up to 10 students with $1,500 scholarships, including the Thomas K. Zaucha Asparagus Club Scholar who will receive an extra $500 per semester in the first year of their scholarship award.
Shifting away from vegetables, the American Sheep Industry Association is giving out 30 scholarships worth $1000 to students that attend the Ranching for Profit School. The Ranching for Profit school offers the knowledge, tools and insight ranchers need to build sustainable businesses. All you need to do for this scholarship is have run a minimum of 200 sheep.
There is a diverse selection of scholarship opportunities that you can discover, here, at UConn. Just start exploring.