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College Scholarships for the Rest of Us

At the risk of sounding Chicken Soup-y, everyone has something special about them. What you lack in athletic or scholastic talent can be made up in other ways (and here are seven savvy ones!):

1. Did your basketball career fail because of your short stature? Cash in on your height - or lack thereof. The Billy Barty Foundation offers several scholarships each year to students under 4'10" who have a medical form of dwarfism. Call 818-953-5410 for more info.

2. On the flipside, if you're a male 6'2" or taller, or female 5'10" or higher, you qualify for the Tall Clubs International Scholarship. Write an essay on "What Being Tall Means to Me," and vie for $1,000 at

3. If you're bummed you missed out on a "Best Dressed" nomination in the yearbook, make up for it by entering the Duck Brand Duct Tape "Stuck on Prom" Contest. You and a date must attend your prom wearing complete attire or accessories made from duct tape! First-place winners get a $2,500 scholarship, and a $2,500 cash prize goes to the school that hosted the prom. Go to

4. Remember how tiresome it was being a kindergarten lefty having to use right-handed scissors? Well, all your suffering has finally paid off. Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA) offers up to $1,000 to two left-handed students each year. Call

5. DAVID LETTERMAN's scholarship, which awards the first-place winner with $10,000, is available at Ball State University (Muncie, IN). (That's Dave's alma mater). This scholarship is awarded based on outstanding creativity. Surf

6. So maybe Klingon doesn't count as a foreign language, but if you plan to study it at college (language, that is), you can enter the Kor Memorial Scholarship given by the Klingon Language Institute. (Familiarity with Klingon not required!) Surf

7. Betcha' never thought you'd find a use for that paper your teacher loved on Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. Guess what? Here it is: The Ayn Rand Institute awards $10,000 to the first-prize winner in its annual essay contest on the novel. Surf