Red Head Scholarships
Loch Ness has Nessie. Oregon has Big Foot. Area 51 has UFOs. Are Red Head Scholarships among these famous myths? You’ve probably been told by a guidance counselor or someone peddling web sites promising to connect you with money for college, “There are scholarships for everyone! Left-handed people, wannabe Klingons and even red heads!”
Dig a round a little and you’ll find the Frederick and Mary F. Beckly Scholarship that gives up to $1,000 to a south paw enrolled at Juniata College in Huntington, Pennsylvania. The Kor Memorial Scholarship awards $500 to college students who demonstrate a familiarity with Klingon or other constructed languages. Heck, there’s even a Starfleet Academy Scholarship if you are a Trekkie but don’t read Shakespeare in the original Klingon.
But what about gingers? You’ve been promised your own scholarship but none show up on common lists. Unless you have a twin, play marbles or your last name is Zolp you’re out of luck. And even those don’t require red hair. So where are the Red Head Scholarships? If you Google for it, you’ll just find lots of people asking where is the scholarship.
Fortunately, a website called RedHead-World.net has done some extensive research. They interrogated a Colorado website that mentioned red head scholarships to no avail. A little more research turned up someone who, after spending too much time tracking down the elusive scholarship simply decided to create their own!
The Red Scholarship is pretty straightforward. You have to be in 11th or 12th grade in high school in the United States. There are two main criteria, proof of your red air and a creative piece. Be sure to really have fun with the creative bit. Play to your strengths, especially those deriving from your red hair! You can see examples of winning creative pieces on the ScholarshipRed website (http://scholarshipred.webs.com/pastwinners.htm).
The proof entails two photos which demonstrate that you are a natural red head. I doubt they are looking for anything explicit, so keep that in mind for your two photos. One of the photos needs to be recent, which means the other could be from first grade.
The creative piece is a drawing, video or essay simply telling what it means to you to be a red head. Emphasis is placed on creativity and red headedness. There is also a basic academic requirement of at least a 2.0 grade point average and applying to an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university.
Interested gingers need to send your materials, a photocopy of your transcript and a note as to which school you want to go to by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, March 31, 2011. The winner of the $250 scholarship will be notified by May 1, 2011.