Strange, Weird, & Unusual Scholarships
Strange Scholarships – Part One
Application Deadline March 31
Award Amount $2500
Do you love Batman? Superman? Would you like to be a superhero? Write a short essay (250 words or less) about �Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?� Open to high school students ages 13+ and college students. For Superpower Scholarship application and information see www.scholarshipexperts.com
Intelligence Community Scholarship Program
Application Deadline November of each year
Award Amount $3000 stipend for full-time students, and $2000 for part-time students (multiple awards)
Description: If you are a patriotic American interested in working in the intelligence community (e.g. become an American spy), then consider this offer among your strange scholarship searches. You must be a college junior, senior or graduate student preparing for a field related to the Intelligence Association. What majors are of interest to them? Well, make a guess because that is part of the strange part � they can�t tell you! List your special activities, internships, prior or current military services and your career goals to serve your country in the intelligence community. Financial need is not considered. For more information (or not) on the National Military Intelligence Association Scholarship Program see www.nmia.org.
Application Deadline October of each year
Award Amount $1000
If you are interested in parapsychology, this scholarship may be for you. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Any major is acceptable, but the applicant must be interested in parapsychology and write an essay on a designated topic related to parapsychology. For more requirement for these interesting but slightly strange scholarships known as the Robert R. Coly Prize in Parapsychology see www.parapsychology.org
Application Deadline May of each year
Award Amount $1500
I think that quilting and other forms of fiber art don�t always get the respect they deserve. If you are a resident of Washington working on an undergraduate degree related to fiber art at a college in WA state, then check out this scholarship. Your major must be related to fiber art (no it doesn�t need to be Quilting!). Examples include sewing, weaving, clothing design, quilting, dyeing, basketry, textile history or production, and related arts. For additional requirements and information about the Kitsap Quilters� Scholarship see www.kitsapquilters.com
NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest
Application Deadline November of each year
Award Amount up to $1,000 U.S> savings bond (multiple levels of prizes)
This may be considered one of the strange scholarships, depending on your point of view. Since elementary, junior high and high school students aren�t allowed to carry guns at school, and in the wake of recent school violence, should students really be writing essays about the constitutional right to keep and bear arms? Well, the NRA says yes. The National Rifle Association sponsors this scholarship where students submit an essay on the importance of the second amendment to the constitution. For more details about the NRA Right to Keep and Bear Arms Essay Contest see www.nradefensefund.org
Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
Application Deadline October 31
Award Amount $2000
Can you outsmart the Zombies at your school and win one of these strange scholarships for college? Write a short essay (250 words or less) about what you would do to survive if your school was overrun with Zombies, the walking dead. This scholarship is open to high school students ages 13+ and college students. For the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship Application for 2014 go to www.scholarshipexperts.com
Application Deadline ~ December of each year (sometimes extended to early January)
Award Amount $10,000 first place, $5,000 other finalists, multiple other awards $1,000 – $2,000
If you are looking for college scholarships and grants for entrepreneurship, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) offers some great entrepreneur scholarships. These not so strange scholarships are offered to high school seniors heading to 2 year or 4 year college or university or vocational school. Students must be nominated by a member of the NFIB. Criteria include high academic standards, questions about entrepreneurial effort, and an essay about free enterprise. For additional scholarship requirements and information on the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Scholarships see www.nfib.com
Ice Cream Flavor of the Month Scholarship
Application Deadline July 31
Award Amount $1500
Enjoy an ice cream cone while you compose you ideas for this summer scholarship. �If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?� Are you tart, sweet, nutty? This unusual scholarship is open to high school students ages 13+ and college students. For application and information about the Ice Cream Flavor of the Month Scholarship for college see www.scholarshipexperts.com
Turf Writers Journalism Scholarship
Application Deadline March of each year
Award Amount $10,000 per year, may be renewed up to 3 additional years
Do you love horse racing and journalism? Help pay for college with these unusual racing scholarships. Applicants must demonstrate the potential to make a contribution to the horse racing industry. Journalism majors should definitely consider this scholarship which pays $10,000 a year, and is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Essay required and GPA 3.0 or higher. For more information about the Horse Racing Scholarship for Journalism Majors see www.racingscholarships.com.
Make Me Laugh Scholarship
Application Deadline August
Award Amount $1500
This is summer, time to have some fun! This scholarship will make you LOL. Write a short funny story, that can be true or false. Whoever said applying for scholarships is not fun, has it wrong. LOL. Open to high school students grades 9 – 12 and college students. You will find the Make Me Laugh Scholarship Application online at www.scholarshipexperts.com . They also have other unusual scholarships on their website.
Application Deadline November of each year
Award Amount $5000 to $1000 depending on the college the study will attend
If you interested in concrete and can write an outstanding essay on this subject that most of us don�t think about, then this is the scholarship for you. Well actually it is limited to high school seniors in Wisconsin and upper peninsula of Michigan who plan to enroll in a concrete-related program at designated universities and colleges. Selection is based upon the essay�s content and the author�s writing ability. Funny, I thought it would be based upon their concrete laying ability. Anyway, if this unusual scholarship sounds exciting to you, then apply for the Concrete Scholarship at www.wrmca.com
Eat Your Asparagus Scholarship
Application Deadline June of each year
Award Amount $3000 per year and all the asparagus you can eat (just kidding)
While the rest of us eat our junk food, you can apply for the Asparagus Club Scholarships. These unusual scholarships are open to upper-division and graduate students majoring in a field related to the grocery industry. A letter of recommendation is required from your professor in food management or business and a statement about why you are preparing for a career in the grocery industry. For additional requirements and online Asparagus Club Scholarships application see www.braf.org
Future Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Application Deadline ~ April of each year
Award Amount $12,000 for the first year and may be renewed for $4000 for each additional year
Everyone wants to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs � the future entrepreneur who makes it big. Why not apply for college grants and scholarships to help you be successful, like this Future Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This unusual scholarship is open to high school seniors and college undergraduates who demonstrate leadership skills, academic excellence, ingenuity, and most importantly an entrepreneurial spirit. No specific field of study is required. For additional information about the Future Entrepreneur of the Year Award see www.nase.org
Play Environments Scholarship
Application Deadline ~ February of each year
Award Amount $5000
Remember that saying about all the important things in life you learned in kindergarten? Did you know that you learned most of what you need to know to qualify for these unusual scholarships about playgrounds? Yes, this scholarship is open to undergraduate landscape architecture students in their final 2 years of study, or graduate students. Applicants must understand the design of play environments and how to integrate them into parks, schools and other play and recreation environments. So let the child in you come out and apply for this unusual scholarship. For more information about the Playground Scholarship from Landscape Architecture Foundation see www.lafoundation.org
Application Deadline November of each year
Award Amount up to $10,000 US savings bond
Patriotic students in grades 7 � 12 can show their love of country by writing an essay on Americanism. I assume Americanism means the United States of America, good ole USA, not what you think of as The Americas. Anyway, this is a great scholarship for high school students and middle school students. The essay topic differs each year. Each entrant must be sponsored by a Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) member or Ladies Auxiliary unit member. Outstanding essays are forwarded from the local branch to the regional and national competition. There are multiple awards for these not so oddball scholarships, all in U.S. savings bonds of course. For details on the American Essay Scholarship from Fleet Reserve Association see www.fra.org
Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge
Application Deadline March of each year
Award Amount $15000 for first place, $10000 for second place, and $7500 for third place.
If you are creative shoot a 60 – 90 second video that makes teen drivers think carefully above driving safely. The grand prie winner will get a chance to reshoot their video with a Discovery Film Crew. Awesome! Entrants may be high school students in grades 9 – 12 who work alone or in small teams of 2 – 4 students. www.toyotateendriver.com
Proper Use of Credit Essay Contest
Application Deadline February of each year
Award Amount $3000 for first place, $2000 for second place, and $1000 for third place
I think this college scholarship should be offered in all states, because it is a great lesson for all college students. Do you know how to properly use credit? Well you should, but you probably don�t if you are like most Americans. If you are a high school senior in Oregon, and plan to attend a college in Oregon, then this should be on your college scholarship search list. Write the best essay on the proper use of credit and you may win a scholarship for college. For additional requirements and information on this Hasson/Newman Memorial Essay Contest see www.osac.state.or.us
National Peace Essay Contest
Application Deadline January of each year
Award Amount $10,000 for national first place winner, $5,000 2nd place, $2,500 3rd place, and $1,000 scholarship for each state level winner.
This is one of my favorite scholarships, which open to high school students in grades 9 � 12. Submit an outstanding essay on the designated topic to the National Peace Essay Contest. Winners are chosen based upon the essay�s focus, style, analysis, originality, conclusions and recommendations. Put this one your college scholarship search for important scholarship contests. For more details on the National Peace Essay Contest see www.usip.org
Application Deadline January of each year
Award Amount four year, full tuition scholarship to partner colleges and universities
Are you a student with leadership and academic potential, attending a public high school? Join a Posse. Applicants must be nominated by their high school or community organization. The nomination process is open to high school juniors and high school seniors in certain cities in the US, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York or Washington, D.C. For more details on the Posse Scholarship see http://www.possefoundation.org
Student Design Competition
Application Deadline ~ December of each year
Award Amount $2,500 for first place, other prizes offered too
If you are reading about oddball scholarships, perhaps you have some oddball or creative ideas to enter the Industrial Designers Society of America Student Design Competition. Submit your original design for houseware products, including small electrical appliances, personal care, home health care, tableware, organizational items, cleaning products, furniture, pet care and more. Selection is based upon design research, design, technical skills and presentation skills. For additional categories and information about the IHA Student Design Competition see www.housewares.org
Entrepreneurial Scholarships for Food Service
Application Deadline March of each year
Award Amount $3,500 to $7,500
Do you love to eat? Do you have some entrepreneurial ideas for a restaurant or food service? This is the best scholarship for you. If you are entering or currently enrolled in one of 10 designated universities in a restaurant or food service program, and have completed a entrepreneurial project, you may apply for this slightly oddball (but yummy) scholarship. For more information on the National Restaurant Association Al Schuman Ecolab Entrepreneurial Scholarship see www.nraef.org.
One Person Can Make a Difference Scholarship
Application Deadline February
Award Amount $1000 first prize, $500 second prize and $250 third prize
Do you believe one person can make a difference or even change the world in a good way? Create a 16 x 20 inch original poster with this theme and submit it to The Christophers� annual poster contest for high school students. See the online application and information for One Person Can Make a Difference Scholarship at www.christophers.org
Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest
Application Deadline open from March to January
Award Amount $10,000 plus $1000 for your school
Turn your artistic talent into an odd scholarship! Design a greeting card for a friend, and you’ve given a thoughtful gift. But design it for a scholarship contest, and you might win $10,000. Submit your photo, artwork or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card. Designs should be appropriate for business and consumer use, such as birthday or Christmas cards. Must be your own original work. Open to high school, college and university students, and member of the armed forces. Must be a legal resident or have a student visa to attend school in the US. Must be at least 14 years old. Winner will be notified in March. For more information on the Create a Greeting Card Art Scholarship Contest, see www.gallerycollection.com/greeting-cards-scholarship.htm.
Courageous Persuaders Scholarship
Application Deadline February
Award Amount 11+ awards each year range from $500 – $3000
Win a scholarship to college by creating a 30 second commercial that warns middle school students (grades 6 � 8) about the dangers of underage drinking. Open to high school students in grades 9 – 12. May be individual or team project. For Courageous Persuaders Scholarship application and information see www.courageouspersuaders.com
100 Mile College for all Texans Tuition Waiver
Application Deadline deadline not specified
Award Amount reduced tuition rates
Yup, everything really is bigger in the nation of Texas, in fact 100 miles bigger. If you live in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico or Oklahoma within 100 miles of the Texas border and want to attend a public college or university in Texas, you may save some tuition. For more information about 100 Miles and you are a Texan, see www.collegeforalltexans.com . On a more serious note, there are many other Tuition Assistance Programs for out-of-state residents too.
Star Trek StarFleet Command Scholarship Award
Application Deadline applications accepted from January 1 � June 30 each year. You must be a StarFleet member for one year by June 30 of the award year.
Award Amount up to $500 scholarship award in 20 categories
If you are a Star Trek fan, you can qualify for one of these unusual scholarships from another world. Medical, engineering, language, and more scholarships in honor of your favorite Star Trek character. For Star Trek scholarship requirements and information see scholarship.sfi.org.
Left Handed Scholarships
Scholarships for Left Handed People
Application Deadline inquire at the school
Award Amount $1000 – $1500
Are you looking for a scholarship for being left handed? There is one offered in Pennsylvania, at Juniata College. There is a free educational grant through the Frederick and Mary F Beckley Scholarship program. These left handed scholarships are only available for students who will attend Juniata college, and they must also have good grades and recommendation. Available for sophomores, juniors and seniors only. For more information on this scholarship for being left handed, see www.juniata.edu Other Scholarships for Left Handed People – If you are looking for scholarships for left handed people who are not attending Juniata college, well – to my knowledge there aren’t any others. But lefties don’t despair. There are thousands of different scholarships that you may qualify for. Keep reading and check out our other college scholarship pages!.
Application Deadline February each year
Award Amount $5000 (2 awards given)
If you are a vegetarian, there are some great scholarships for you. The Vegetarian Resource Group offers two $5,000 college scholarships for high school seniors who will graduate in the spring and attend college in the US. Students must have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. For more information see Vegetarian Scholarships.
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Application Deadline January each year
Award Amount First place- $10,000, Second place- $1,000, Five Finalists – $500
Like politicians? You might be unique, but use that interest in politics to win one of these unique scholarships. Write an original essay that demonstrates your understanding of the political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. Open to high school students in grades 9 � 12. For application and information see www.jfklibrary.org
Mawista Scholarship for Extraordinary Personalities
Application Deadline January each year
Award Amount 500 Euros a month for 12 months. (open to residents from all countries including the US)
Do you have an extraordinary personality? If you are unique then this scholarship may be for you. Traditional students with perfect GPA need not apply. Check out the Mawista Scholarship for Extraordinary Personalities at www.mawista.com/en/scholarship.
Application Deadline June of each year
Award Amount $2000 for King and Queen mibsters, and $1000 for sportsmanship award.
Enter the National Marbles Tournament and earn one of these unique scholarships for college. For Marbles scholarship requirements see www.nationalmarblestournament.org.
Common Knowledge Scholarship
Application Deadline varies
Award Amount $5000 maximum
Do you know lots of facts? Are you quick at taking tests? Sign up and take these online quizzes, as the person with the top score in each topic will win. Topics vary. Open to high school students in grades 9 � 12, and undergraduate and graduate college students. For Common Knowledge Scholarship application and information see www.cksf.org
Application Deadline June 1 each year
Award Amount $1000 college scholarship
If you are an east coast surfer, why not enter the Buddy Pelletier Surfing Foundation scholarship contest? 500 word essay and two letters of recommendation required. For the Buddy Pelletier Surfing Foundation Scholarship Program application and requirements see buddy.pelletier.com
Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship
Application Deadline April each year
Award Amount $1000 – $5000
If your passion is skateboarding, why not enter this unique scholarship program for skateboarders. Participants must answer this essay question: How has skateboarding been a positive influence in your life? The scholarship is open to high school seniors who promote skateboarding in their community. Recently, Tony Hawk has been one of the supporters for this
Application Deadline October each year
Award Amount $1400 for winner, $140 for second and third place
Do you like to tweet? This twitter scholarship is one of the wacky scholarships and grants for college, offered by College Scholarships Foundation. Open to current college students. To apply, send a tweet on how Twitter can be used to improve the world. With the recent Arab spring, it is amazing to see the power of twitter. The tweet must be submitted online, and of course all you tweeters know it must be 140 characters or less. To apply for this twitter scholarship, see, collegescholarships.org
Clarke Sinclair Memorial Archery College Scholarships
Application Deadline April each year
Award Amount 1 award of $1000 and 2 awards $500 each year
This archery scholarship is another wacky scholarships for college, for current undergraduate college students who are a member of an archery team. Must participate in archery related activities, have a GPA of 3.0, and complete an essay about any subject. Just kidding, must complete an essay about archery. Think modern day Robin Hood and combine the power of twitter with the skill of archery. To apply online for this Archery Scholarship see www.clarkesinclair.org
Healthy Lifestyles Scholarship
Application Deadline May each year, sometimes also in December
Award Amount 1 scholarship award of $5000 each year
If you are addicted to McDonalds and other unhealthy eating habits, this could still be the scholarship for you. This is one of the slightly wacky scholarships for high school seniors and college students as it doesn�t require you to be healthy. Instead, you must write a 1000 word essay about why a healthy lifestyle is important, and a description of your goals. So couch potatoes who like to twitter or game away may still apply – just describe your fantasy healthy lifestyle essay. For Healthy Lifestyle scholarship requirements and online application see www.fitnessexercises
Miss America Scholarship Competition Awards and Scholar Awards
Application Deadline Varies depending on local beauty pageants leading to state finals for Miss America Pageant
Award Amount At the national level, $50,000 for Miss America, $25,000 to first runner-up, and additional awards for other winners and contestants. At the state level, $1000 scholarship awarded up to 52 applicants � one from each state, Washington DC, and the Virgin Islands
Looking for wacky scholarships for girls? OK, take off your combat boots, seriously this can be a fun scholarship for women with beauty, poise, talent and brains. The Miss America scholarships are offered by the Miss America Pageant for contestants at the national and state level. The state level scholarship is based on academic excellence. For more information about Miss America Scholarships and application requirements, see www.missamerica.org
Gene Rabbitt Scholarship for Female Boxers
Application Deadline July each year
Award Amount $1000
Go girl! Here’s another of the wacky scholarships for girls. If you are a female boxer attending a 2 year community college, 4 year college or university, or trade school, you may be eligible for a scholarship. Financial need is considered for this Boxing Scholarship for Women. www.usaboxing.org
K2Teo Martin J. Green Sr. Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadline January each year
Award Amount $1000
This scholarship is for licensed radio amateurs or who submit an essay about the role amateur radio has played in their life. I wonder if podcasts or YouTube videos count? Financial need is required for the Radio Amateurs Scholarship. www.arrlf.org
Dr Pepper Scholarship $1,000,000 Tuition Giveaway
Application Deadline Open from August – December.
Award Amount multiple awards including 5 $10,000 awards plus chance to enter $100,000 tuition contest at football games sponsored by Dr Pepper. Winners have up to 5 years to use their $100,000 tuition award for 4 consecutive years of college, university or vocational school in the USA. 25 Grand prize winners.
The Dr Pepper scholarship is one of the weird scholarships for college, perfect for video enthusiasts who can win $2500. Create your unique short video and upload to this free online contest. The video winners will be invited to attend a college championship football game, and can win $100,000 scholarship money for college by throwing the most footballs through a 2 foot diameter hoop in 30 seconds. Perhaps this is the perfect football scholarship too? Requirements and rules: Must be a USA citizen or legal resident of an eligible state and at least 18 years old at time of participation to be eligible for $2500 tuition promotion, and age 18 � 24 for the $1,000,000 Tuition Contest. For more information on the Dr Pepper Scholarship Contest and Tuition Giveaway see www.drpeppertuition.com.
Young Entrepreneurs Essay Contest
Application Deadline Per their website, they are only accepting scholarship renewals but are not accepting new applications.
Award Amount $1000 – $5000 (27 awards per year), may reapply the next year. Most scholarships are awarded to Michigan residents, but this is open to all USA residents.
The Young Entrepreneurs Essay Contest is one of the interesting USA scholarships, perfect for future innovators. You must buy from the site a $10 copy of The Entrepreneur�s Game: Logan�s Story if you are looking for one of these weird scholarships for boys, or The Entrepreneur�s Game: Adrienne�s story if you are looking for one of these weird scholarships for girls. After reading the book, you must write a 3-5 page essay based on the main character of the book, including the concept of innovation and how you can apply lessons learned in your life. Neither academic achievement nor financial need is considered. In some ways this isn�t a weird scholarship, as there are many examples of successful innovators dropping out of college to form their own companies. So spend the $10 and get inspired! Scholarship requirements: Must be a high school senior, legal USA resident planning to attend college the following year in the US. For more info on the Young Entrepreneurs Essay Contest see www.skandalaris.org.
Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest
Application Deadline tentative open August – November
Award Amount $25,000
If you love peanut butter sandwiches, and plan ahead, this is the weirdest scholarship for college. Create an original sandwich recipie using Jif brand peanut butter for a chance to win $25,000 college fund. You have to plan early, because the college scholarship fund is not for high school seniors or college students, but kids 6 � 12, of prime PBJ age. For full requirements for the Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest and application see www.jif.com.
OP Loftbed $500 Scholarship Award
Application Deadline was offered several times a year, but was recently put on hold temporarily. Check it out anyway as new contests may come throughout the year.
Award Amount $500 scholarship award
Be creative and fun with short answers to three online questions in this easy scholarship contest. Be sure to read the rules and instructions as they have a trick question (hint: answer to question #4 is �OP Loftbed�). You must be a US citizen and enroll in college or university within the following year. For OP Loftbed scholarship application and details see www.oploftbed.com.
Dr. Seuss Scholarship – Oh the Places You�ll Go
Application Deadline I contacted Dr. Seuss and received this response: Thank you for contacting us regarding the Oh, the Places You’ll Go! scholarship. Unfortunately, at this time, Dr. Seuss Enterprises will not be offering a scholarship in 2013. Check back for 2015 on their link at http://www.seussville.com/OTPScholarship/.
Award Amount $10,000
When I was a child, I remember reading so many of Dr. Seuss children books. One of the most inspirational, and very appropriate for high school seniors as they enter college, is the best selling book Oh, the Places You�ll Go! By Dr. Seuss. So dust off your childhood books and read this classic, then apply for the Dr. Seuss scholarship. In 2010/2011 this was a writing scholarship, and in 2011/2012 an art contest, so we were eager to see what the Dr. Seuss scholarship requirements will be in 2012/2013. But alas, as we said above, at this time they will not be offering a scholarship. What a shame, as this was one of the fun but weird unknown scholarships for college, and one of the best scholarships for high school seniors.
AFSA Scholarship Contest
Application Deadline Applications accepted through late March or early April for high school seniors and tentative April � August for college/trade school students.
Award Amount 10 $2000 scholarships for high school seniors and 5 $1000 �second chance� scholarships for those pursuing college or trade school.
For this easy scholarship offered by the American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program, read their Fire Sprinklers essay and correctly answer 10 multiple choice questions. You can then enter to win the contest. Must be a US citizen or legal resident. High school seniors must enroll in college in the fall to qualify. For American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program information and online application see www.afsascholarship.org.
“Words to be Heard” Community Service Scholarship
Application Deadline March
Award Amount $5000 for grand prize, 3 $2500 second place winners and 3 $1000 runners-up.
Create an imaginative presentation that discourages underage drinking, drunk driving or texting while driving. The presentation may be in any media, such as video, PowerPoint, essay, etc. The scholarship contest is limited to high school seniors across Western PA who will attend a 4-year college or university in the fall. For details see www.edgarsnyder.com/community-service/scholarship/ .
Short People Scholarships
Application Deadline April 22 each year
Award Amount typically $250 – $1000 (2 for undergraduate students and 1 for graduate students)
Short People Scholarships, offered by the Little People of America, is one of the weird unknown scholarships for college. Applicants must be 4 feet 10 inches or under to qualify as a member and apply for a short people scholarship. A short essay is required, and three letters of recommendation. Preference is given for those who have a medical condition that causes dwarfism. For more information on Short People Scholarships see www.lpaonline.org.
Tall People Scholarships
Application Deadline email local club
Award Amount $1000
It�s only fair that if there are short people scholarships, there should also be tall people scholarships. If your height is at least 5�10� for women or 6�2� for men, are under 21, and attending college for the first time in the fall, you may qualify for a scholarship through Tall Clubs International. For more information on Tall People Scholarships see www.tall.org.
Duck Calling Contest
Application Deadline varies, typically November each year
Award Amount $2000 1st place, $1000 2nd place, $750 3rd place and $500 4th place
Another of the weird unknown scholarships for college is the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest, associated with the World�s Champion Duck Calling Contest, held in Stuttgart, Arkansas. For more information on Duck Calling Scholarship Contest see http://stuttgartarkansas.org.
College scholarships aren’t just for people with high GPAs and great SAT scores. Some scholarship awarding organizations have decided to buck the trend of rewarding academic achievement, and instead offer scholarships based on unique talents, unorthodox interests, creativity, or just unusual circumstances. These scholarships range from simply unique, to quirky, to downright bizarre, but all of them are worth applying for if you meet the requirements, because any scholarships you get now will decrease your college payments in the long term.
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Update: We’ve added 10 more weird and unique scholarships to our list! Check them out in our Honorable Mention section!
Jif Most Creative Sandwich Contest
Jif Peanut Butter holds the Jif Most Creative Sandwich Contest as a fun way to award students preparing to attend college. The award includes a scholarship worth $25,000, as well as a Jif Peanut Butter Basket worth $50.
Apply : Jif
The Wear Duck Tape to Prom Scholarship
Duck Brand products holds an annual contest to see who can make the best Prom outfit from Duck Tape. The winners receive a $5,000 scholarship.
Apply : ShurTech Brands, LLC
Zildjian’s 2013 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition
The Kerope Zildjian Scholarship is designed for students pursuing a four-year degree at an accredited university and awards a $5000 scholarship. Applicants also win a trip to Zildjian’s world headquarters and win completmentary cymbals. In order to qualify, students must send an audio recording playing a complex snare or four-mallet marimba solo.
Apply : Avedis Zildjian Company Inc
Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation Scholarships
The Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation Scholarship is designed for golf caddies around the country. The Western Golf Association who oversees the Evans Scholar Foundation also runs three large golf tournaments.
Apply : Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation
Gertrude J. Deppen Scholarship Fund
The Gertrude J. Deppen Scholarship Fund is designed for students who do not habitually use tobacco, alcohol, narcotics, and are not involved in strenuous athletic contests. The applicant must have lived in Mount Caramel for 10 years and graduate from Mount Caramel Public High School as well.
Apply : Bucknell University
AMIA Scholarship Program
The AMIA Scholarship Program is for those planning on graduate school with majors in moving image studies, library or information science, archival administration, museum studies, or a related field. Selected students will then be awarded scholarships from Sony Pictures, Rick Chace Foundation, or Universal Studios.
Apply : The Association of Moving Image Archives
American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program
The American Fire Sprinkler Association has scholarships totalling $20,000 that are awarded to students who submit the required documents, including an essay on automatic fire sprinklers.
Apply : American Fire Sprinkler Association
NCEA’s Esthetician Scholarship
The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Assocations award a number of scholarships every year. The NCEA’s Esthetician Scholarship awards esthetician students a $1,000 incentive scholarship while attending esthetic school, but students must be currently enrolled and maintain at least 80% attendance and grade average.
Apply : National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers / Distributors and Associations
Northern Tier Hardwood Association Community Forests Scholarship
Only open to students in select Pennsylvania counties, the Northern Tier Hardwood Association Scholarship awards $500 to two high school students planning on pursuing a career in forest resources or a field in the wood industry.
Apply : Northern Tier Hardwood Association
Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest
For students with artistic flair, scrapbooking acumen, or a love for design, the Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship from The Gallery Collection is a great way to get $10,000 for college. Competitors must design the front of a greeting card to be designed for business and consumer use.
Apply : The Gallery Collection
Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program
The Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program is for students involved in the arts and awards five scholarships at $2000 each in areas of Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Students must submit an original piece, graduate high school in South Carolina, and go to college in South Carolina.
Apply : South Carolina State Department of Education
North American International Auto Show High School Poster Contest
The North American International Auto Show High School Poster Contest awards 16 students prizes of varying amounts, from as little as $100, to as much as $1000. The only stipulation is that a 25” x 21” poster must be submitted.
Apply : North American International Auto Show, LLC
Associated Male Choruses of America Scholarship
The Associated Male Choruses of America Scholarship awards candidates $1000-$1200 each for applicants enrolled in university music programs for the upcoming school year. Candidates must be sponsored by a member chorus of the Associated Male Choruses of America.
Apply : Associated Male Choruses of America
Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship
The Shaw-Worth Scholarship from the Humane Society of the United States awards $2,500 to selected high school seniors who have made significant contributions to animal protection over extended periods.
Apply : Humane Society of the United States
International Dairy•Deli•Bakery Association Scholarships
The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association awards special scholarships to college students working at an IDDBA-member company at least 13 hours a week. The requirements include majoring in a food-related field, such as culinary arts, baking/pastry arts, or food science.
Apply : International Dairy•Deli•Bakery Association
AACT’s John Kitt Memorial Scholarship
The American Association of Candy Technologists awards a $5000 scholarship over two installments to a recipient who is a college sophomore, junior, or senior that has a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology. Evidence must be presented in the form of research projects, work experience, or formal study.
Apply : American Association of Candy Technologists
Frank J. Richter Scholarship Program
The American Association of Railroad Superintendents is open to any student in the United States or Canada. The student must be a full-time college student and have at least a 2.75 Grade Point Average. The scholarship is awarded is $1000 and preference is given to applicants enrolled in the transportation field.
Apply : American Association of Railroad Superintendents
Copyright Awareness Scholarship
Scholarhips up to $5000 are awarded by the Music Publishers Association of the United States as part of their Copyright Awareness Scholarship. Students must submit a written essay, audio or video recording, or pictoral compilation expressing why they believe copyright is so important.
Apply : Music Publishers Association
National Youth Education Summit
The Friends of the NRA selects 45 outstanding high school sophomores and juniors from around the country to come to Washington D.C. for a week of educational seminars and activities stressing the importance of being active in civic affairs. Additionally, those selected for this Youth Education Summit then compete for a total of $30,000 in scholarships.
Apply : Friends of NRA
Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Heineken Performing Arts Scholarship
The CBC Spouses Heineken Performing Arts Scholarship is awarded to students interested in drama, dance, opera, marching bands, and other performing arts pursuits. Applicants must also meet the other requirements stipulated on the online application page.
Apply: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
ATIA Foundation Scholarships
The Alaska Travel Industry Association awards a number of scholarships each year to various students around Alaska, in communities of all sizes. The goal is to better invest in citizens to preserve the Alaskan tourism industry. Scholarships are awarded in increments from as little as $500 and as much as $3000.
Apply: Alaska Travel Industry
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarships
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo awards numerous scholarships with varying requirements and sizes. Some requirements include a minimum of a 19 on the ACT, be a resident of Texas, and plan to go to college in Texas at a not-for-profit school. Most of the awards are $18,000 four year scholarships.
Apply : Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
C.A.T.S. Tall Club Scholarship Program
The Central Arizona Tall Society gives a scholarship to a girl of at least 5’10” and a boy at least 6’2″ in an award of $250. The student must live in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.
Apply : Central Arizona Tall Society
Central Florida Orchid Society Scholarship
The Central Florida Orchid Society awards an annual scholarship to students to encourage the pursuit of careers in Horticulture and the Agricultural and Life Sciences. The scholarship is $3000 and reside in a central Florida county.
Apply : Central Florida Orchid Society
Boren Awards for International Studies
The Boren Awards for International Study is awarded to students who wish to study abroad in areas typically underrepresented. The scholarships can be as large as $20,000 and are only for students attending school at an accredited university.
Apply : Boren Awards for International Studies
General CIEE Grant + Scholarship
The CIEE Study Abroad Scholarships award over $3 Million each eyar to help students with the cost of studying abroad. They require students to fill out a form entailing their special circumstances, write an essay, and also a summary of their current financial aid situation.
Apply : CIEE Study Abroad
Nordstrom Scholarship Program
The Nordstrom Cares Scholarship selects 80 students in states with a Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack store and awards them a $10,000 scholarship. The requirements include past volunteer service, community service, or extracurricular activities and a minimum of a 2.7 GPA. Recipients must also plan on applying for financial assistance in order to attend college.
Apply : Nordstrom
Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship Award
The Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference awards $2,000 to a student entering graduate school for costume design and/or costume technology. The student must submit a portfolio of ten samples and three to five references to be considered.
Apply : Southeastern Theatre Conference
Davidson Fellows Scholarships
The Davidson Fellows Scholarships are considered to be among the most prestegious and largest in the world. They award $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 to students who have completed a significant piece of work before 18 in areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, or “Outside the Box.”
Apply : Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest.
Stuttgart, Arkansas awards scholarships at the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. First place wins a scholarship of $2000, second place wins $1000, 3rd receives $750, and 4th receives $500.
Apply : Stuttgart
IDC Scholarship Program
The IDC Scholarship Program from Ocean Divers awards 4 students per 3 month period to take, for free, a number of scuba diver classes and then work on environmental conservation and reef identification.
Apply : Ocean Divers
Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation
The Corinna Jeannine Schillings Foundation awards scholarships to help students study abroad. An award of $1000 is issued to a Silver or Gold Girl Scout who plans to study abroad and maintains at least a 3.0 GPA.
Apply : Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation
The Alexia Grants
The Alexia Foundation grants scholarships to students to help produce picture stories that promote the foundation’s views of world peace and cultural understanding. The undergraduate winner recieves full tuition payment for a study abroad program, along with various funds for equipment and expenses.
Apply : Alexia Foundation
ESA Foundation Scholarship Program
The Entertainment Software Association Foundation Scholarship Program gives up to 30 scholarships annually, 15 to graduating high school seniors and 15 to current college students. The award is for up to $3000 and the applicant must be a woman or minority student pursing a degree and career in computer and video game arts with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
Apply : Entertainment Software Association Foundation
The Fountainhead Essay Contest
Ayn Rand Novels, a site specializing in the writings of author and philosopher Ayn Rand, has an annual essay contest awarding between $50 and $10,000 to over 200 students who write essays on chosen topics about Rand’s well known work, The Fountainhead. While not strictly a scholarship, these contests are only open to 11th and 12th grade students, and the winnings could provide a great headstart toward paying for college.
Apply : Ayn Rand Novels
The American Academy in Rome Scholarship, titled the Rome Prize, is designed for students specializing in a variety of studies, such as Architecture, Visual Arts, Ancient Studies, and other areas. Each winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with a private bath, and a study or studio. The stipends are $15,000 for 6 months or $27,000 for 11 months.
Apply : American Academy in Rome
United States Bowling Congress Scholarships
The United States Bowling Congress offers scholarships to many young students who have shown a passion for bowling. Leagues and member organizations of the USBC offer scholarships as well, so anyone involved in USBC activities should look into the possibility of a college scholarship.
Apply : United States Bowling Congress
Brett Ratner Tuition Grant
The Brett Ratner Tuition Grant through the New York Film Academy offers 100 scholarships for grants of up to $15,000. Students must show evidence for need of financial assistance and a personal statement on why they would like to attend the New York Film Academy.
Apply : New York Film Academy
Fund for Investigative Journalism Grants
The Fund of Investigative Journalism meets almost quarterly to review grant applications for those wishing to pursue investigative endeavors focusing on domestic issues or issues focuses on the US government. Grants average $5000 and are issued in two parts, the latter when evidence of progress is submitted.
Apply : Fund for Investigative Journalism
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Institute of International Education awards the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to students who have received a Pell Grant for the term they are applying for as well. Students are also not allowed to study in countries with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.
Apply : Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Annual Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition
The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society, based in Clarinda, Iowa, holds an annual scholarship competition in honor of Glenn Miller. The contest is in its 37th year and awards two scholarships of $4000, $2000, and $1000, each to a one vocalist and one instrumentalist. Audition CD’s or tapes must be submitted in order to qualify.
Apply : Glenn Miller Birthplace Society
American Academy of Chefs Culinary Scholarships
The American Culinary Federation awards culinary scholarships to high school students, college students, and professional chefs looking to further their education. Requirements vary based on the scholarship applied for, but a strong passion for culinary arts goes a long way.
Apply : Aermican Culinary Federation
Robert J. Marriott’s Scholarship Grant
The Robert J. Marriott Scholarship Grant from the International Federation of Fly Fishers awards $500 to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in biology or a similar field, such as fishery management.
Apply : International Federation of Fly Fishers
Fashion Scholarship Fund Scholarships
The Fashion Scholarship Fund awards numerous scholarships in honor of Geoffrey Beene, Jim Edleman, and others. Required application materials include a case study and personal statement.
Apply : Fashion Scholarship Fund
$2,500 “Advice to Your High School Self” Scholarship
Campus Discovery has a scholarship for $2,500 called the “Advice to Your High School Self” Scholarship. Students approaching graduation from college or recent college grads who finished an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree are eligible.
Apply : Campus Discovery
James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund
Cancer Monthly has scholarships honoring James O’Connor, with over $10,000 in awards. All that is required is an essay on how Mr. O’Connor’s story of surviving 5 years longer than predicted is so inspiring and what you would do if faced with similar challenges.
Apply : Cancer Monthly
NDS/DMI Milk Marketing Scholarship
The National Dairy Shrine awards one $1500 and six $1000 scholarships to encourage undergraduates to pursue careers in dairy product marketing. Students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
Apply : National Dairy Shrine
Davis Law Group Scholar Athlete Program
The Davis Law Group awards $100 scholarships to two high school seniors from January to March and then invites those students to enter a Sportsmanship Essay Contest for a chance to win an additional $1000 scholarship.
Apply : Davis Law Group
Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship
Theodore Gordon Flyfishers is a non-profit angling organization that promotes environmental protection, conservation, and various activities attached to activism and education. A Founders Fund Scholarship is awarded for $3,500 annually and the applicant must be planning on majoring in environmental studies, in areas such as biology, natural resource management, zoology, and other relevant fields.
Apply : Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc.
Washington State Potato Foundation
The Washington State Potato Foundation awards scholarships to students who live in either Washington of Oregon and plan on pursuing a two/four year degree, with preference given to those pursuing agriculture-related fields.
Apply : Washington-Oregon Potato Conference
NPFDA Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
The National Poultry & Food Distributors Association selects students from across the country for scholarships amounting to $1500-$2000. In order to qualify, students must be college juniors or seniors at a U.S. Institution and pursuing an agriculture-related field, along with letters of recommendation, a sealed transcript, and a one-page letter describing her or his goals and aspirations.
Apply : National Poultry & Food Distributors Association
Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers
The Geneseo Migrant Center runs a scholarship to support art scholarships for migrant farm workers. This was implemented by Berrien Fragos Thorn and many $500 scholarships are issued and semi-annually, a review is done for grants up to $2,500.
Apply : National PASS Center
Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships
The Poetry Foundation supports five $15,000 scholarships to young poets through a national competition also sponsored by The Poetry Foundation. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, no older than 31, and follow the guidelines on the website.
Apply : Poetry Foundation
F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship
The F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship is given preference to students in Northeastern Pennsylvania and aims to support artists with exceptional talent in the fine arts. The award is $15,000 and a detailed explanation must be given for how the funds will be used.
Apply : Waverly Community House
Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage Scholarship
The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage has awarded scholarships to students for over 25 years and students are awarded these scholarships based on personal performance and achievements.
Apply : Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage
Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship
Krylon, a company specializing in art products, awards five $1,000 Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarships. Additionally, each school will receive a gift package worth $500 of art products. Applicants must submit a portfolio of 3-6 images of artwork on CD.
Apply : Krylon
Two Ten Footwear Foundation
The Two Ten Footwear Foundation awards scholarships to over 400 students amounting to over $700,000. The scholarships come in various forms, such as those for footwear employees and also those who are studying footwear design in college.
Apply : Two Ten Footwear Foundation
Screen Actors Guild Scholarship
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation created the John L. Dales Scholarship Fund in 1973 and helps aid Screen Actors Guild members’ children with educational funds to attend college.
Apply : Screen Actors Guild
Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award
The ICDD has awarded 181 scholarships since 1991. It’s an award to support the education and research program of promising graduate students in crystallography-related fields.
Apply : Ludo Frevel Crystallography
Chuck Allen Snowboard Scholarship Award
The United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association has a Chuck Allen Snowboard Scholarship Award. The Scholarship is typically used for academic endeavors, but is also allowed to be used for club or organizational equipment.
Apply : United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association
The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships
The Vegetarian Resource Group has two $5,000 Scholarships that it gives out annually. Applications will be judged on students ability to demonstrate compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to world peace through a vegetarian lifestyle.
Apply : The Vegetarian Resource Group
KODAK Student Scholarship Program
The Kodak Student Scholarship Program gives a Student Cinematography and Student Scholarship Award each year to students who can demonstrate exceptional skills in the relevant field. Students can be awarded as much as $9,000.
Apply : KODAK
Slam What You Will Scholarship
PowerPoetry.org has a “Slam What You Will” Contest, which awards a $1,000 scholarship to the winner. Rules include becoming a member of the poetry community and submitting a poem.
Apply : Power Poetry
DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship
DutchCrafters founded The DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship in 2011 and each year provides five students with $500 scholarships over two disbursements of $250. Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and currently be a high school senior applying to college in the fall.
Apply : DutchCrafters
The Astrid Thalheimer Memorial Vocal Scholarship
The Astrid Thalheimer Memorial Vocal Scholarship, dedicated to the founder of The A Cappella Singers who established the group in 1963. The scholarship awards $500 to a woman preparing to graduate from high school and major in either vocal performance or music education with a concentration on vocals.
Apply : The A Cappella Singers
American Water Ski Educational Foundation Water Ski Hall of Fame/ Museum Scholarships
The American Water Ski Educational Foundation started awarding scholarships in 1983 to students currently enrolled in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college. Students must write an essay of 500 words, include two letters of reference, work/school records, along with community activities.
Apply : American Water Ski Educational Foundation Water Ski Hall of Fame/ Museum
WJA Scholarships & Grants
The Women’s Jewelery Association awards scholarships each year in amounts ranging from $500 to $7000. There are three separate categories students may qualify in and each applicant must submit an essay detailing why they believe they deserve the award.
Apply : Women’s Jewelry Association
Oregon Space Grant Consortium Scholarship Program
The Oregon NASA Space Consortium Scholarship Program gives $4000 scholarships to students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math. The intention is to promote the advancement of the space program while rewarding academic excellence.
Apply : Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium
James Beard is remembered for his commitment to advancing culinary arts and the James Beard Foundation serves to carry on his legacy by awarding a large number of scholarships to students seeking careers in culinary arts, be it at a culinary institution or a university.
Apply : James Beard Foundation
Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship
The National Business Aviation Association established, in conjunction with Conklin & de Decker, the Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship, an annual $5000 award to an undergraduate student who is enrolled in an aviation management program.
Apply : National Business Aviation Association
National Council of Destination Organizations Graduate Scholarship
The Ronald H. Brown Memorial Scholarship awards a $3000 scholarship to a minority undergraduate who is focused on a career in the travel industry.
Apply : U.S. Travel Association
George Bock Charitable Trust
Little People of America focuses on awarding scholarships to students who have been diagnosed with dwarfism and are currently part of Little People of America. Additionally, scholarships are awarded to the children of those diagnosed with dwarfism and range from $250-$1000.
Apply : Little People of America
Boyd N. Lyon Scholarship
The Boyd N. Lyon Scholarship was founded by The Ocean Foundation in conjuction with The Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle Fund. It was designed for Masters or PhD students to apply and the award is $2500.
Apply : The Ocean Foundation
The Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship
The Parapsychology Foundation founded a scholarship in memory of Eileen J. Garrett and is for undergraduate and graduate students who are currently pursuing an academic path for a career in parapsychology. The scholarship is for $3000.
Apply : Parapsychology Foundation, Inc.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Leadership Awards
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Wildlife Leadership Awards to juniors and seniors in college who have a proven record in leadership and a passion for wildlife conservation. The scholarship is for $2000 and includes a one-year membership to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Apply : Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation
Printing Industries of America began The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation in order to assist undergraduate women and men who are interested in graphic communication careers.
Apply : Printing Industries of America
The David Letterman Scholarship
Ball State University founded The David Letterman Scholarship in honor of late night television host David Letterman. It is designed for juniors in college who are currently majoring or minoring in telecommunications. The amount of each scholarship varies, based on the creativity the scholarship committee feels was achieved.
Apply : Ball State University
American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship Program
The American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship Program is for students currently enrolled in a four-year program at an accredited university in North America. The minimum grade point average is 3.0 for undergraduates and 3.2 for graduate students. The applicant must also currently be enrolled in enology or viticulture, or in a curriculum emphasizing a science basic to wine and the grape industry. Students recieve a quarterly or per-semester stipend.
Apply : American Society for Enology and Viticulture
National Potato Council Scholarship
The National Potato Council Scholarship awards a scholarship each year for $10,000 to a graduate student who is currently conducting research to benefit the potato industry.
Apply : National Potato Council
Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation Scholarships
The Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation was started in 1999 to support the next generation of Document Management and Graphic Communication Professionals. A minimum of 40 scholarships are available per year and are awarded in amounts ranging from $1000-$5000.
Apply : Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation
Billy Welu Scholarship
The Professional Bowlers Assocation awards The Billy Welu Scholarship annually to male and female bowlers whose extraordinary qualities, partnered with competing in bowling events, show that they are fantastic recipients of the $1,000.
Apply : Professional Bowlers Association
Michael Jackson Scholarship
The United Negro College Fund set up a Michael Jackson Scholarship to honor the late performer and it awards up to $4000 to students majoring in ther performing arts, English, or communications.
Apply : United Negro College Fund, Inc.
American Quarterhorse Association Foundation Scholarships
The American Quarterhorse Assocation Foundation Scholarships are awarded to students who have underlined academic achievement, financial need, and very importantly, involvement in the American Quarter Horse Foundation. The amount of the scholarship is announced annually.
Apply : American Quarterhorse Association
CFJS Scholarship Program
The Central Florida Jazz Society awards three scholarships per year, amounting to $3000. Students must submit a written recommendation, along with a recording of an improvised chorus.
Apply : Central Florida Jazz Society
Students Rising Above
The Julia Burke Foundation awards the Students Rising Above Scholarship to help low-income, first-generation students who need more than a tuition check to successfully graduate from college. SRA provides one-on-one advice, along with academic support to help students not be restrained by any financial setbacks.
Apply : Julia Burke Foundation
The Kor Memorial Scholarship
The Klingon Language Foundation awards students who are able to implement a creative use for the fictional Star Trek language of Klingon. Winners recieve a $500 scholarship.
Apply : The Klingon Language Institute
Optimist International Scholarships
The Optimist International Scholarships are earned by students who win essay contests on a number of topics, typically promoting self-worth and confidence in youth. Awards range from a medallion to $2500.
Apply : Optimist International
Harlequin Floors’ Annual Dance Scholarship
Each year, American Harlequin awards four $250 scholarships through the Harlequin Floors’ Dance Scholarship. The goal of the program is to promote better opportunities for dancers.
Apply : American Harlequin
Design Sponge Scholarship
Design Sponge’s Annual Scholarship aims to support the growing next generation of artists and designers through an implementation of up to $10,500 in scholarships.
Apply : Design Sponge
Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation
The Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation works with students with exemplary vocal talents to equip them with the resources needed to succeed as a professional vocalist.
Apply : Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation
Wendy Jackson Hall Memorial Scholarship
The Wendy Jackson Hall Memorial Scholarship commemorates beloved animator Wendy Jackson Hall and helps students who can demonstrate financial need, while simultaneously having been accepted into an arts program from an accredited university. The scholarship is a two-year, $10,000 award.
Apply : Wendy Jackson Hall Memorial Scholarship
2013 Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarships and Training Grants
The Women Divers Hall of Fame has annual scholarships specifically for undergradate and gradate women who work in Marine Conservation. Graduate students receieve $2000 and undergrduate students recieve $1000.
Apply : Women Divers Hall of Fame
AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students
The American Institute of CPA’s Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students awards $5000 to undergraduate minority students currently on the academic course to become CPA’s.
Apply : American Institute of CPAs
WSC Scholars Program
The World Sport Chicago Scholars Program awards students $20,000 over their 4 years in college, in increments of $5000. The students must live in Chicago, attend school in Chicago, and have participated in summer Olympic or Paralympic events for two out of the last three years.
Apply : World Sport Chicago
American Fence Association Scholarship
The American Fence Association provides scholarships for the children of families in the fence industry. The student must have a minimum GPA of a 3.0, work or have parents who work in the fence industry, and have contributed 40 hours of documented community service over the past 4 years. The scholarship is for $1,500.
Apply : American Fence Association
National Gay Pilots Association Scholarships
The National Gay Pilots Association awards scholarships to members of the LGBT community who have a desire to pursue a flight education.
Apply : National Gay Pilots Association
Foreclosure.com Scholarship Program
Foreclosure.com holds an annual scholarship contest in which students are given a hypothetical scenario that they must write an essay detailing how they would navigate the particular situation.
Apply : Foreclosure.com
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund
Each year P.E.O. awards an International Peace Scholarship to help women pursue graduate degrees in college. The scholarship is worth $10,000 and has particular restrictions barring early doctoral candidates from the award.
Apply : P.E.O. Sisterhood
Alma S. Adams Scholarships
Legacy for Health founded the Alma S. Adams Scholarships, named after the founding Legacy for Health Board Member of the same name. The scholarship awards $5000 to two individuals and the foundation typcially aims to award those students whose ethnicity or income status make them targeted by the tobacco industry disproportionately.
Apply : Legacy for Health
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Scholarships
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Scholarships and students must submit a film or video production they completed or a script if they’re writers. A short essay must be submitted, along with a statement of financial need, and the most recent transcript.
Apply : National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
In our search, we discovered so many unique scholarship resources that we found it difficult to limit it to only a handful. We’ve gathered 10 more of the most unique scholarships imaginable. The additional resources we’ve researched offer more opportunities for students to apply for scholarships. College is expensive, so you shouldn’t limit your efforts in earning a scholarship to just a few places!
- Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship – The Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship gives students the opportunity to be creative with the latest trend: zombies. This application asks students to plan ahead for an apocalypse and to be creative with their survival skills. This is the perfect scholarship opportunity for those with active imaginations who take interest in scare-culture.
- Flavor of the Month Scholarship – The Flavor of the Month Scholarship provides students with a more light-hearted opportunity to be creative. Asking students to consider what ice cream flavor they would be, and why, allows for students to take an inward look at themselves and express themselves in a creative and fun way.
- Sally Beauty Supports Cosmetologists – Sally Beauty Supply is a cosmetology store that is now giving back to their community. Catering to those who wish to pursue a career in cosmetology, the beauty supply chain will be offering chances for students to write personal essays to be considered.
- Writers of the Future Contest/Illustrators of the Future Contest – The Writers and Illustrators of the Future scholarship opportunity is available for all those who have an imaginative mind. Asking students to showcase their talents in short novel and science-fiction writing, this scholarship opportunity is open to a wide range of applicants.
- Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda – Kirpalu is offering students who wish to pursue schooling in yoga the opportunity to apply for scholarships. Yoga scholarships are not common, so this is a unique opportunity for students to be able to pursue a passion that is often times not given the regard it deserves.
- SVC Foundation Scholarship – This interesting scholarship opportunity is concentrated on vacuum technology. This scholarship is ideal for individuals who have a passion for technical and mechanical assemblies of vacuums, which can also provide healpful experience in other fields in the future.
- The Usha Teacher Training Scholarship – Yoga is becoming increasingly popular in current society, yet it does not receive the proper funding. This scholarship opportunity provides students with a passion for yoga an opportunity to apply and be rewarded with the funds needed to attend comprehensive yoga training programs.
- TCI Scholarship Award – Are you tall? If your answer is ‘yes,” then this is the perfect scholarship for you. Catered to women and men who are above average height, this scholarship offers first-year college students, (under age 21) the opportunity to win money to help pay for school.
- Zinch $1000 Weekly Scholarship – Zinch is a resource that offers weekly scholarships to students. This is an excellent opportunity because it gives students multiple chances to win a scholarship. Though flexible, the opportunity is also challenging, offering students only 280 characters to answer the question of the week to win a scholarship.
- The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists – This scholarship opportunity is aimed at aiding students who have particular interest in photojournalism. Students can receive money for college, as well as technical supplies, should they be awarded the scholarship. It is the perfect opportunity for students who want to pursue a growing field, but do not necessarily have the monetary freedom to do so.
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