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Scholarship Farm: A Look at Outlandish Scholarships

Top 10 Scholarships

In 2012, Forbes named these the top 10 scholarships for college [1]


- 1. Buick Achievers Scholarship Program - $25,000, renewable each year for 4-5 years
- 2. Siemens Math, Science & Technology Award Scholarships - $10,000 to $100,000
- 3. Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation - $10,000 - $20,000
- 4. Davidson Institute for Talent Development - $10,000 - $50,000
- 5. Horatio Alger Scholarship Award - $20,000
- 6. KFCs Colonel's Scholars Program - $5,000 each year for four years
- 7. Media Fellow Program - $5,000
- 8. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Scholarships - $1,000 - $30,000
- 9. Gallery Collection Scholarship - $10,000
- 10. Merit scholarships - varies by state

Yep, there's a scholarship for that: unusual scholarships


- The Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Scholarship is a $1,000 award for left-handed people attending Juniata College, Huntington, PA. [2]
- Duck Brand Duct Tape will award $3,000 to a student dressed in attire or accessories made completely from duct tape. Award is based on originality, workmanship and quantity of Duck Tape used. [2]
- Tall Clubs International awards $1,000 each year to a tall person attending college. Women must be 5'10" or taller and men must be 6'2" or taller. [2]
- The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance awards an annual scholarship of $1,000 to overweight students involved in fat activism or related topics. [2]
- Candy lovers unite at college. The American Association of Candy Technologists gives away a $5,000 scholarship for students interested in confectionary technology. [2]
- Each year, the Dave Letterman Scholarship awards three average telecommunications students at Ball State University: 1st place, $10,000; 2nd place, $5,000 and 3rd place, $3,333. [2]

Colleges with the biggest bucks

Colleges that give the highest percentage of merit-based scholarships or college grants: [3]


- Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa, 98% of students
- Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, 77%
- Cooper Union, New York, New York, 68%
- Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California, 67%
- Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA, 66%

Follow the money: colleges that offer good value


- University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee has annual tuition of $32,292, but the average need-based aid package is approximately $28,000. [5]
- For the 2011-2012 school year, Arizona State University charged in-state tuition of $9,208 and out-of-state tuition of $21,807. With significant aid to out-of-state students, the average tuition cost to students was $11,200 per year. [5]
- University of Richmond, a private liberal arts school in Virginia, has annual tuition of $43,170, but the average, non-need-based financial aid package is nearly $38,000. [5]
- The price tag for annual tuition at Scripps College in Claremont, California, is $41,736, but need-based aid averages $33,362 in grants and scholarships. Additional money is offered to families with incomes below $48,000, bringing the price tag down to $7,550. [5]

Financial Aid Facts


- The average family in America earns $50,000 per year, but at least 58 private colleges in the United States charge more than that per year for tuition, fees, room and board. [6]
- Sarah Lawrence College charges the most tuition per year at $55,788. [6]
- The average in-state, four-year college degree now costs slightly below $16,000 per year. [6]
- Students at private schools receive an average of $13,000 in financial aid at 36 of the most expensive private colleges in the U.S., bringing the average cost down to $36,000 per year. [6]

In its NPSAS survey, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported an increase in undergraduate scholarships, in terms of average amount and total dollars awarded:


- Average Scholarship* - # of Recipients - Amount Awarded
- 1999-2000 - $2,051 - 1,141,000 - $2.34 billion
- 2003-2004 - $1,982 - 1,276,000 - $2.53 billion
- 2007-2008 - $2,523 - 1,152,300 - $2.91 billion

*Rounded to the nearest dollar [7]

Athletes compete for college cash


- Twenty-five student athletes receive the Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year, or SAMMY, award each year which includes a $7,500 scholarship, a trip to Disney World and a spot in a Milk Mustache ad. Recipients must play school or club sports and have GPAs of 3.2 or higher. [4]
- Only about 6% of high school athletes compete in NCAA Divisions I, II and III and only about 2% of those athletes receive athletic scholarships to compete in college. [8, 10]
- There are approximately 138,000 college scholarships available for NCAA Division I and II sports. [9]
- Approximately 1 million boys play high school football, but there are only 19,500 football scholarships available, meaning fewer than 2% will get a college scholarship for the sport. [9]
- Four sports offer full ride scholarships to its athletes: football, men's and women's basketball and volleyball. [9]
- For all sports, the average athletic scholarship is $10,400. If you exclude football and men's basketball from the calculation, the average drops to $8,700. [9]
- In 2012, there were 420,000 NCAA student athletes. [10]
- Colleges dish out approximately $1 billion per year in college cash to student athletes. [11]

Boys' sports with the highest average scholarships: [12]


- H.S. Boys' Sports - # of Students Participating - # of Scholarships Awarded - Total $ Awarded - Ave. % of Full Scholarship - Ave. Annual Value per Student
- Ice hockey - 32,166 - 1,089 - $29.8 million - 80% - $21,755
- Basketball - 541,130 - 5,949 - $126.0 million - 79% - $16,698
- Football - 1,025,762 - 19,549 - $367.3 million - 69% - $12,981

Girls' sports with the highest average scholarships: [12]


- H.S. Girls' Sports - # of Students Participating - # of Scholarships Awarded - Total $ Awarded - Ave. % of Full Scholarship - Ave. Annual Value per Student
- Ice hockey - 4,245 - 423 - $10.9 million - 80% - $20,540
- Gymnastics - 21,620 - 411 - $8.4 million - 80% - $16,478
- Basketball - 451,600 - 6,217 - $123.7 million - 78% - $15,459
- Volleyball - 382,755 - 4,352 - $84.2 million - 66% - $12,726
- Two Walter Byers Scholarships of $24,000 each are awarded annually and are renewable. [13]
- Two Jim McKay Scholarships are awarded each year at $10,000 each. [13]
- National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) colleges offer over $450 million in athletic scholarships. [14]

Sources


- [1] http://www.forbes.com/sites/financialfinesse/2012/03/01/10-high-dollar-award-scholarships-for-college/
- [2] http://www.financialaidfinder.com/scholarships/unusual-scholarships/
- [3] http://www.campusexplorer.com/college-advice-tips/6A2458EF/Which-Colleges-Give-the-Most-Scholarship-Money/
- [4] http://www.zencollegelife.com/45-of-the-weirdest-college-scholarships/
- [5] http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2011/06/17/ten-best-colleges-for-money/
- [6] http://www.financialaidfinder.com/the-skyrocketing-cost-of-private-school-tuition.html
- [7] http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/awardcount.phtml
- [8] http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/nli/nli/document+library/athletic+scholarship
- [9] http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/the-college-solution/2010/06/22/7-things-you-need-to-know-about-sports-scholarships
- [10] http://www.statisticbrain.com/ncaa-college-athletics-statistics/
- [11] http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505144_162-51307436/scoring-a-college-athletic-scholarship/
- [12] http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2008/03/10/sports/20080310_SCHOLAR_GRAPHIC2.html
- [13] http://www.collegescholarships.org/athletic.htm
- [14] http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=205322931


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