THIS MORNING I WAS RE-READING THIS issue's Money Matters column on endowed scholarships. In discussing the sometimes restrictive criteria these awards carry, Kathy Kurz illustrates one of her favorite examples. The award "required potential candidates to submit an essay about what their Italian heritage meant to them," Kurz writes. "Winners of this award then had to attend a ball in their honor, and the cost of a gown or tuxedo rental was more than the value of the scholarship!"
Later, in one of those weird moments of synchronicity, I got an e-mail from a friend pointing me to a great article on Hufflngton Post called "11 Bizarre But Excellent Scholarships." (http://ow.ly/2GUbr) Over the years, I've found dozens of unusual scholarship opportunities on the web. Here are some of my favorites.
* The Kor Memorial Scholarship. Awarded by the Klingon Language Institute (yes, there is such a thing), it recognizes and encourages scholarship in fields of language study, although command of Klingon is not required. This may be because it isn't actually a language.
* The John Kitt Memorial Scholarship from the American Association of Candy Technologists. This is open to majors in food science, chemical science, or biological science, who have a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology. No word on whether John Kitt might have been a dentist.
* The American Fire Sprinkler Association offers two $10,000 scholarships and five $1,000 scholarships. Applicants must read an essay on sprinklers and then answer a 10-question, open-book quiz on what they've just read. Rejection on this one must be painful.
* The United States Bowling Congress offers more than $6 million in scholarship money each season through bowling associations and councils, certified tournaments and proprietors throughout the country. Apparently, they have funds to spare.
* The Eileen J. …