College is very expensive and many students look to weird college grants and scholarships to finance their education. As a result college scholarships are very competitive. This is why it is important for students to look for weird and unusual scholarships as well as scholarships that relate to certain unusual skills they may have. Scholarships that relate to an unusual skill or talent are often less competitive because there is a smaller pool of applicants. Students who are surfers may find that they have an advantage when it comes to getting scholarships. There are several weird scholarships that are aimed towards surfers and the surfing world.
While not strictly a college scholarship, the International Surfing Association or ISA offers the opportunity for a scholarship to all surfers 18 and under who demonstrate financial need and are actively involved in the surfing. The ISA scholarship is open to surfers from all over the world and can be applied to school or surfing expenses.
Eastern Surf Association offers the Marsh Scholarship to members in good standing. Each year the Eastern Surf Association offer awards of varying amounts to students based on an essay and standing in the Eastern Surf Association. The scholarship is intended to be applied to a post-secondary school education. The Eastern Surf Association offers other scholarships and merit based awards based for excellence and surfing competition rankings. More information can be found on their website.
The National Scholastic Surfing Association offers college scholarships opportunities to all student members. The scholarships are awarded at the end of the year and kept until the student enrolls in post secondary education. All student members who meet the requirements are automatically enrolled in the scholarship program. More information can be found on the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s website.
There are other local, regional, and international organizations out there, and many of them offer scholarships for them members and other qualified individuals. The best thing to do is if you are a student or you know a student who is a surfer and is not a member of a surfing organization is to find an organization and become a member. Whether a student is contemplating entering college soon and is looking for scholarships now or may go to college in the future it is never too early to start planning Who knows, you or your server may qualify for corporate sponsorships and scholarships that help pay for your education if you start looking now.