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Do you know someone who loves to skateboard and plans to go to college? That person’s promotion of the sport, regardless of skill level, might help him or her to land a $1,000 or $5,000 scholarship.

In the realm of scholarship funding, passion for a cause can bring rewards. There are advocacy-related scholarships for everyone from vegetarians to beef enthusiasts. And although some scholarships are based on interest, others are reserved for students who have special qualities. If you’re short or tall, for example, you might be eligible for money to help pay for your higher education.

For an online list of, and links to, these and other uncommon scholarships, go to

Even if you apply for a scholarship, don’t forget to complete a free Federal application for student aid.

Apply online at For more information, write to the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Washington, D.C. 20202. Or call toll-free, 1 (800) 4-FED-AID (433-3243), or (202) 401-2000.

Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Outlook Quarterly Fall 2006.”

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