Duck Dynasty Scholarship July 7, 2015

Ian Welham discusses Duck Dynasty scholarship

Friends,

Is your child into duck calling? There’s a scholarship for that. Long before the Duck Dynasty clan, there was Chick and Sophie Major from Stuttgart, Arkansas. So legendary was their duck calling and duck call making ability that a scholarship was started in their name.

Each year, high school seniors compete for the title of “best duck caller,” which comes with a scholarship. There’s an out-of-state as well as in-state division. To date, the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Call Contest Scholarship has given out over $60,000 in scholarships.

Of course there are other weird and wacky scholarships out there as well.

Tall Clubs International bestows scholarships of up to $1,000 for girls 5’10” or more and boys 6’2″ or taller.

The Vegetarian Resource Group gives away two scholarships to students who do not eat meat, fish or fowl and who “[show] compassion courage and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian lifestyle.”

The American Fire Sprinkler Association offers 10 scholarships to students who can pass an online test on the history of sprinklers, how they work and careers in the industry.

My problem with chasing after scholarships is that most are in the $500 to $2,000 range. While that’s nothing to sneeze at, $1,000 is not going to put much dent in a $60,000/year tuition bill. Here are a few scholarships that can make a difference.

Ursinus College offers a $30,000/year J.D. Salinger Scholarship to a creative writing student. The student gets to live in the same dorm room occupied by the Catcher in the Rye author.

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program gives away scholarships up to $25,000 per year for four years.

The NJ State Golf Association awards 4-year scholarships to caddies (boys and girls). Caddies who plan on attending certain Midwest colleges can apply for the full tuition Chick Evans Scholarship.

If you’re not a caddie or a J.D. Salinger-caliber writer, my recommendation is to pursue the bigger dollar awards of federal financial aid and/or merit aid. There are literally billions of dollars available in these pools. And on the merit side, your income is not a factor. So even high-income families can get free money.

Warmest Wishes,
Ian “The Professor” Welham
Certified College Funding Advisor
(973) 467-0101

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