May 04, 2007 08:45 ET

FastWeb Announces the Top Ten Most Unusual Scholarships

CHICAGO--(Collegiate Presswire - May 4, 2007) - FastWeb, the Internet's leading scholarship search engine, and site within the Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNST) network, today announced its list of the "Top Ten Most Unusual Scholarships" available for students. With more than $3 billion up for grabs via 1.3 million different scholarships on FastWeb, students have the opportunity to leverage their unique talents and interests to help them pay for college. Whether students have a talent for skateboarding, have a knack for predicting the future, or consider themselves a champion duck caller, there are funds available to support their interests.

"It is no longer necessary for a student to be the valedictorian or star athlete in order to secure a college scholarship. Instead, students should identify and market their personal strengths in order to make college a fiscal reality and fulfill their dreams of higher education. There is a plethora of interesting scholarship opportunities to explore," said Diana Nicholson, senior vice president and general manager, Monster Youth (including FastWeb).

FastWeb's "Top Ten Most Unusual Scholarships" include:

1. Duck® brand duct tape Stuck at Prom® Contest

Shopping for a prom outfit can be tough and students want to ensure no one else has the same dress. If a student wears the latest fashion in duct tape, he/she may win cash for college and flex their creative muscles at the same time.

2. Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

Students can quack their hearts out for 90 seconds using four calls: hail, feed, comeback and mating and win big ducks, oops, we mean, bucks for higher education.

3. Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship

Fakie, dropin, and Ollie sound familiar? Not only is skateboarding not a crime, there is even a scholarship available for students with a solid GPA. SK8 on!

4. Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Award

Milk does a body good, and helps pay for college! If students demonstrate excellence in academics, athletic performance, leadership and community service, and like to sport a milk mustache; this is the scholarship for them.

5. Tall Clubs International (TCI) Scholarship

This scholarship is strictly for those who are not vertically challenged. Women who are at least 5'10" and men who are at least 6'2" are eligible.

6. Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Carnivores need not apply; however, students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

7. Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest

The story of the unknown world can be yours to tell. Student authors can submit science fiction stories and/or illustrations to be considered for this financial reward.

8. Excellence in Predicting the Future Award

This scholarship encourages students to pursue economics and participate in the prediction market for a chance to win money for school. But they probably already knew that, right?!

9. American Welding Society Scholarships

Student welders familiar with trade skills such as allied joining, brazing, soldering and thermal spraying are eligible for this scholarship in order to hone their craft.

10. Van Valkenburg Memorial Scholarship

What's in a name? Money for college! That is, if a student possesses the last name Van Valkenburg or a similar variation.

To find out if you qualify for one of FastWeb's most unusual scholarships and search more of the 1.3 million scholarships available on FastWeb, visit

About FastWeb

FastWeb supports a national community of students, parents, educators, and scholarship providers by helping students realize their dreams of higher education. Best known for its vast college scholarship search engine, FastWeb also aids students with a match to relevant colleges, part-time jobs and internships based on that students' profile detail. More than 15,000 high schools and 3,500 colleges throughout the U.S. send students and their parents to FastWeb to obtain value from its college financial planning resources.

About Monster Worldwide

Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNST), parent company of Monster®, the premier global online employment solution for more than a decade, strives to bring people together to advance their lives. With a local presence in key markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites and services, Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers. Monster Worldwide is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the NASDAQ 100. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading products and services, visit More information about Monster Worldwide is available at

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