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Weird scholarships for college

For the nonathletic type
For the nonathletic type

Gertrude J. Deppen Scholarship

  • Requirements: A vice-free lifestyle and aversion to sports
  • Amount: Varies from year to year
  • How to Apply: Contact Bucknell's Office of Financial Aid at (570) 577-1331 or finaid@bucknell.edu.

The fact you hate breaking a sweat is about to pay off. Only available at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., this scholarship is designed for grads of Mount Carmel Public High School who don't use drugs, alcohol, tobacco or "participate in strenuous athletic contests."

When hunting for scholarships, your school of choice should be one of the first places to search, says Lauren Segal, president and CEO of Scholarship America, a Minneapolis-based scholarship fundraising nonprofit.

"Colleges are really doing whatever they can to attract students -- particularly private schools," says Segal. "They're being very generous in what they offer to attract students because they know that their costs are high."

Before applying for major national awards, Segal recommends students contact their school's financial aid office to see what awards -- strange and not -- are available.

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