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True or false: You need to be an athlete or a brainiac to get a scholarship to college.

Did you answer “true?”

You know that annoying buzzer sound that happens when people answer incorrectly on TV game shows? Imagine us making that sound at you right now, because you are W-R-O-N-G. (Sorry.)

But hey, that’s good news in this case. Why? Because it means that there are tons of scholarships out there for all kinds of people who have all kinds of interesting interests or characteristics.

Don’t believe us? Why are you so skeptical all the time? Allow us to submit the following weird and unusual scholarships for your consideration. (Note that most of these scholarships are offered annually. If the due date for this year has already past, create a calendar reminder to check back in a few months.)

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If you're drowning in scholarship essays, let us toss you a life raft: Here are five scholarships that don’t require you to pen any long prose.

Some do require you to submit some information about yourself and, in some instances, answer some questions or complete a few easy tasks. The key to success with these – and all scholarship applications – is to follow instructions and make the deadlines.

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The lights dimmed. Darkness. The room settled. Silence. Then, the distant whirring of ... something. What was it? Suddenly, brightness and sound and images launched me into a magical world. At age 6, my first movie experience made an indelible impression. Now, twelve years later, I embrace the formal steps toward becoming a unique storyteller. A visual artist. A filmmaker.

And that's just one example of how to start a scholarship essay. Now let's talk about how you can start yours. 

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Congrats! You've been accepted to college. Now you just need to figure out how to pay for it. 

But before you start digging through your car for any loose change you can find, you might want to take some time to check out all of the resources available to help you pay for college in the state of Florida.

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Military service members take extraordinary risks and make great sacrifices when they sign up to serve their countries. Oftentimes, spouses and families also make sacrifices along the way. Thankfully, there are many programs designed to pay back this service from dependents of military service members in the form of college scholarships.

If you're the child or dependent of a military service member and you're looking for a way to fill the financial gap in college tuition, check out the following scholarship opportunities.

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Everybody loves finding a $20 bill in their pocket, right? Usually, free money doesn't come that easy — especially when it comes to college money. 

Thankfully, there are some resources that can help you find scholarships, which you don't have to repay, to help pay for your education. Among them is Scholly, an easy-to-use paid app (subscription costs $3.75 a month, or $45 for a year) that connects students with scholarship opportunities. Here's what you need to know about this tool. 

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