On Body Slams and Scholarship Clues
For some time a video has been making the rounds on Youtube of Anthony Wunder, student at The Ohio State University, getting body slammed by a coach after he ran onto the field and toward the bench. I’ve watched it more times than I care to admit, giddy with delight beyond reason each time.
The incident provides a powerful lesson to the college affordologist, and not the obvious one of always betting on the former linebacker coming out on top in a tackling contest versus engineering students.
The real lesson for those of us smart enough to stay in the stands lies in the following quote from a New York Times article detailing the consequences of this act: “Defense attorney Mark Collins says officials on Tuesday started removing 21-year-old Anthony Wunder from the Evans Scholars program, which covers tuition and housing for former golf caddies.”
Aha! If you’re like me you didn’t just ask yourself “what was this kid thinking?”. You wondered aloud “there’s a full ride scholarship out there for former caddies?“.
While it doesn’t surprise me too greatly that such a scholarship exists given the spate of oddities that inhabit this realm it occurs to me that 1) the reward was quite large and 2) the competition for it relatively slim. After all, how many high schoolers do you know who work as caddies?
We typically think of the good scholarships going to the best and the brightest in the worlds of academics or sports. And while these scholarships do abound, the competition for them can be notoriously fierce. They also fill the bulk of those 800+page scholarship books that students often wade through at the library, daunted by the task of knowing where to start.
Your tip of the week is to find those scholarships that offer rewards that simultaneously apply to you and eliminate the bulk of your competition. In my humble opinion any scholarship search should start there in that you, by virtue of being weird ol’ you, have a better crack at the money offered than most everyone you know.
My favorite scholarship trick is to find those off-the-radar scholarships such as Mr. Wunder won by first determine what makes a particular student unique. What makes you weird or different? What personal trait or experience sets you apart from the bulk of the student population? Simply then take any one of your particular oddities and type it into a search engine followed by the word “scholarship” and/or look that term up in one of those thick books. You’ll often be pleasantly surprised at the result.
Scholarships have been created to reward students for all sorts reasons beyond the academic and the athletic. Scholarships are free for the taking for people into woolen fashion, for vegetarians, for southpaws, for those in drug and alcohol recovery, children of truckers, and apparently for those who once worked as caddies. The list goes on and on (I have found all of the above examples by google searching terms that had to do with the situations of students I know). Don’t doubt for a minute that if you can come up with a list of even 10 things that make you unique at least one of those things will have a scholarship created for it. If so, it would be well worth applying for these funds firstly considering your odds.