There are a lot of college scholarships available that can be classified as unusual, even eccentric, says Valerie Strauss, columnist for the Washington Post. As my colleague Daniel de Vise reported in this story, there’s one at Johns Hopkins University for a student who loves reinforced concrete, and the University of Mary Washington offers scholarships to two students who play bagpipes in a school band. There are scholarships that go to students with specific names, or who are left-handed. And who can’t love the Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Challenge, which awards money to students who go their high school prom in an outfit made out of duck tape. Really. The 2011 winners won $5,000 each and the same amount for their schools. But here’s one that may take the unconventional cake because of how much money is involved and the way the winners are chosen…

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