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Need money for school? You’re not alone, and you don’t need a 4.0 GPA to get it, either. Skills and interests from skateboarding to being a vegetarian could be just the ticket to get you cash for college. Find out what unique scholarship might be right up your alley.

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The Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship gives four $1,000 to $5,000 awards to high school seniors who skateboard.

What it takes:

  • An essay on how skateboarding made your life better
  • A 2.5 GPA
  • Plans to go to college or university in the fall
  • Skateboarding skill is not a determining factor

    How to apply:
    Check out SkateboardScholarship.org

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    The Vegetarian Resource Group could offer you part of $10,000 in college scholarship money.

    What it takes:
    Write an essay about promoting vegetarianism in your school or community, which will be judged on:

  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Commitment to promoting peace through a vegetarian lifestyle

    How to apply: Go to VRG.org or call (410) 366-8343.

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    If you and your date make your entire prom attire out of duct tape, each of you (and your school) could win $2,500.

    What it takes:
    Send a photo of you and your date in your duct tape outfits at prom. You'll be judged on:

  • Originality
  • Workmanship
  • Quantity of Duck Tape duct tape used
  • Accessories

    How to apply:
    Go to DuckTapeClub.com or call (800) 321-0253.

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    For males 6 feet 2 inches or taller and females 5 feet 10 inches or taller, Tall Clubs International offers a $1,000 scholarship.

    What it takes:
    You've got to apply at the local level first, but if you're under 21 and going to college or university next fall, this big money may be worth it.

    How to apply:
    Check out Tall.org for more details.

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    Are you interested in telepathy, E.S.P. or psychokinesis? If you plan to study parapsychology in college, this $3,000 grant may be just for you.

    What it takes:

  • Writing samples
  • Three letters of reference
  • A desire to do research and experiments in college

    How to apply:
    Check out Parapsychology.org or call (212) 628-1550 for more info.

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    The National Make It Yourself with Wool competition is awards annual $1,000 and $2,000 scholarships for knitting stuff out of wool.

    What it takes:
    Your knit garment will be judged on creativity, presentation and style.

    How to apply: E-mail NDMIYWW@yahoo.com, call (406) 636-2036 or send a request for information and a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Marie Lehfeldt, National Director, National Make It Yourself with Wool Competition, Box 175, Lavina, MT 59046.

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    If you have an artistic streak and a thing for space, SPAACSE, Inc. offers three $1,000 scholarships for you.

    What it takes: Students must write an essay, compose space music or create 2D art to promote the beauty, benefits and innovation of space exploration.

    How to apply: Go to SPAACSE.org, call (321) 452-1559 or write to SPAACSE, 2023 N. Atlantic Ave. #233, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931.

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    So if you already got into college and almost made it through your first year, here's a crazy way to get cash for school.

    What it takes:
    The Klingon Language Institute sponsors the $500 Kor Memorial Scholarship to recognize and encourage language study. All it takes are a nomination, a couple letters and an essay about language. (Don't worry: You don't have to write them in Klingon.)

    How to apply:
    Want more info? Surf to KLI.org.

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    Got a sweet tooth? The American Association of Candy Technologists offers college freshmen, sophomores and juniors a $5,000 scholarship to use in their next academic year.

    What it takes: Candidates must have an above average GPA and demonstrate an interest in confectionary technology.

    How to apply: Go to the aactcandy.org or e-mail kevins@warrellcorp.com.

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    Calling all young inventors! The National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Inventors Competition offers scholarships from $10,000 to $25,000 for undergraduate college students.

    What it takes: Inventions are judged on originality, potential value to society and on the range or scope of use.

    How to apply: Go to Invent.org or write to: The Collegiate Inventors Competition, c/o The National Inventors Hall of Fame, 221 S. Broadway Street, Akron, OH 44308-1505.

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