Unusual Scholarships -
Good PR or Worthwhile?
With so many unusual scholarships, I'm glad to see a few organizations keeping a sense of humor by helping students amidst the staggering costs of college. Tall, short or a passionate vegetarian, if you are looking for
wacky scholarships this is the place. For all you southpaws out there there are even scholarships for left handed people!
Are These Unusual Scholarships
Really Worth My Time to Pursue?
While these unusual scholarships have much more unique criteria, the average dollar amounts tend to be low. Speculation
always occurs that some of these awards are so distinct that they lead to unclaimed scholarships. While I am very skeptical of those reports I know first hand in the way a college conducts its business where there are unclaimed scholarships you can take advantage of. IF you know how a college's business practices operate
much like a business.
More on that later.
If you can't afford the risk of investing a lot of time and having little or no pay back on these unusual scholarships
then they are definitely not worth pursuing.
Think of these types of small dollar private scholarships much like the lottery. Most people know the statistical chance of winning (expected outcome)
is less than the cost of their ticket.
However, that doesn't stop the public from paying a little at a chance to win a lot. Imagine how much newsprint it would take to print all the names of the
people who lost playing all the various state lotteries? Of course the folks who get the headlines are those that win. This influences even more people to think they have the same favorable opportunity. Private scholarships and especially wacky scholarhips like these tap into this same human motivation.
The "buzz" around offerings like scholarships for left handed people helps feed into the sponsors to receive
wide public relations attention by their sponsoring organizations. It's actually some pretty smart and relatively low cost marketing by the sponsors who want to get a lot of free recognition for their
I certainly don't criticize their stated intentions. I just feel it's very misleading to students who really NEED free money for college. Statistically, a very tiny percentage who apply
actually win any award amount.
For the very few students that have achieved genuine distinction in a particular area that matches up to a higher dollar (say, over $1,000)
than it may be worth your time.
For most students, the real question to ask about these wacky scholarships... How can I stay out of the losers column?
Is There a Better Way
than Chasing Wacky Scholarships?
Scholarship information seems to be everywhere. However, realizing HOW to really be successful at getting free money is sorely lacking.
For instance, how a college operates more like a business is scarce. Before you spend anymore time doing your next search for an educational scholarship
find out what the key factors are that drive colleges as a business.
You are much closer to the winner's column when you first learn how to be a wise consumer for your educational dollars.
Scholarships Go To The Wise Consumer
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