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There are scholarships for everyone


Friday, February 17, 2012
If you do not have the grades, the musical talent or the athletic abilities necessary for academic, creative or sports scholarships, do not get discouraged. Expand your college scholarship search, and you may find an award that is just right for you.

For instance, sometimes your appearance can make you eligible to receive help paying for college. This is the case with the scholarships offered by the Tall Clubs International (TCI), a social organization for men at least 6'2" and women with a minimum height  of 5'10."

According to TCI’s Web site, the organization awards scholarships worth up to $1,000 each to students under the age of 21 who match the club’s height requirements. In addition to being a certain size, candidates must write an essay on what being tall means to them.

Those who are on the other end of the height spectrum can also receive help making college more affordable. For example, the nonprofit Little People of America (LPA) continues its mission of providing support to individuals who are short of stature through its scholarship program.

Each year, two scholarships are given to prospective college students, LPA’s Web site states. This financial assistance is awarded to LPA members and nonmembers with a medically diagnosed form of dwarfism. The immediate family of little people who are also paid LPA members are also eligible.

If your last name is Van Valkenburg, then you may be eligible to receive the $1,000 Lambert and Annetje Van Valkenburg Memorial Scholarship. According to the National Association of Van Valkenburg Families, this award was established to help any descendant of Lambert and Annetje and the descendants’ spouses pay for college. However, just having the same last name is not enough. To be eligible, you must be able to prove your lineage.

Sometimes you may feel that you would be a straight A student if all your classes related to a specific interest of yours. If you consider yourself an expert in movies or literature, for example, then you may want to look into the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF). This nonprofit organization provides financial assistance based on what you know.

After you take a quiz in a specific subject, you may be eligible to receive an award of $250 to $2,500, according to CKSF’s Web site. Among the topics you can test your knowledge in are health and nutrition, the environment, world religions and marine biology.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800711502-ADNFCR

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