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Unusual college scholarships available for seniors

Are you a female 5’10" or taller? Is your last name Van Valkenburg? Do you know tons of random trivia about the FBI? If you answered yes to any of the above, you could be eligible for some serious cash towards college. While thinking about her own college options a while back, this WEB reporter stumbled across some truly outlandish , yet amazing scholarships for the potentially broke college student of the future. A seemingly worthless talent, such as being adept at calling ducks, can earn a student up to $1,500 from the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. Having something as simple as an amazing apple pie recipe can also pay off; the Culinary Institute of America’s All-American Apple Pie Recipe Contest awards $25,000 to the winning student. A few Ames High seniors seem a bit apprehensive about these unusual scholarships. "I wouldn’t do [the Apple Pie Recipe Contest]," senior Casey Bagnall said. "I would probably end up making something disgusting. It would probably taste like someone puked and then baked it (nice quote). " With college application season rolling around, though, something all students agree on is that cost is a major deciding factor in picking the right school, and every little bit helps. "I look at cost first, just because I don’t have all that much money right now," senior Hanna Sundberg said. "My parents lost a lot of it in the stock market last year." Luckily for Sundberg, however, she was named a National Merit Semifinalist in September, meaning she could potentially get a full ride to her school of choice, ISU, if she becomes a National Merit Finalist in February. Most Ames High seniors aren’t fortunate enough to have a solid scholarship secured, however, and for these students, no harm can come from attempting a wacky scholarship. "I just hope there’s one out there for a random talent that I have," senior Kira Boswell said. One scholarship that every Ames High student has a shot at is the Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck on Prom contest, which offers $6,000 dollars to the couple who shows up to prom in the best duct tape outfit (the contest provides the duct tape). Save some money on a tux and a dress, and earn a college scholarship instead? Sounds good to me.

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