My most recent post about Wacky and Weird Scholarships got such rave reviews and a lot of people visiting and taking advantage of all there is available, even the weirdest ones!
Well, I did some more research and actually found some more! Alright a little, sure but many of them interesting scholarships that could get you between $500-$5,000. Check them out and see if any of them you can qualify for.
Don’t ignore the smaller awards. For some it’s easier to win these scholarships, especially the kind below. But the more you apply for the more chances you have of winning a few or several.
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1. If you find yourself having to duck to enter doorways then you might qualify for this obscure scholarship. If you are a male 6′2″ or taller, or a female 5′10″ or taller, then you can be in the running for the Tall Clubs International Scholarship. All you have to do is write a simple essay entitled “What Being Tall Means to Me,” and you could be the recipient of $1,000!
2. Some people are left-handed, and sometimes it really stinks living in a right-handed world. No matter, even though scissors are still a battle, and I always get ink smudges on my hand when I write in a notebook, I can still get an unusual scholarship. If you are left-handed and go to Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA), then you can try to get up to $1,000 that is offered to two left-handed students each year. Check it out at Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Scholarship.
3. Is it rabbit season or duck season? I never know, but you can always try to win the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. This is open to any high school senior in the US who is adept at calling ducks. The winner, gets a $1,500 scholarship, with first runner-up getting $500, second runner-up getting $300, and third runner-up getting $200.
4. Smells like college debt. The Fragrance Research Fund makes a scholarship of up to $50,000 available to clinical psychologists who are completing post-graduate research in aromachology. I always knew my fantastic sense of smell might come in handy, alas, I’m not studying anything at the post-graduate level. If you are, you can get in touch with the Fragrance Research Fund.
5. Did you ever think that milk would do the body as well as the wallet good? If you excel in academics, athletics, leadership, and community services while sporting a milk mustache, then you can get the Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Award.
6. Are you a Sk8er? Can you spell better than Avril Lavigne? If so, than you might be able to get this scholarship. The Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship is available for students with a solid GPA (above 2.5), who like to ollie, fakie, grind, kickflip, and study (you don’t even have to be good at skating). There’s a $5,000 scholarship, and three $1,000 runner-up scholarships.
7. Ever watch Letterman late at night? I’m a Dave guy, and Jay doesn’t have his own scholarship. Ball State University (located in Muncie, IN) offers the David Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship to students. Telecommunication students simply have to submit a variety of media for their project, with creativity being rewarded. The first-place winner receives $10,000 courtesy of the university’s very famous alumnus. There is no minimum GPA requirement, and the scholarship is awarded based on outstanding creativity.
9. Do you want fries with that? Do you enjoy potatoes? Even if you don’t you can still apply for the Potato Industry Scholarship. It is up to $2,000 awarded to two senior graduate students who are in a field of study related to potatoes.
10. I was heart-broken when I discovered that Santa wasn’t real. I shouldn’t have given up so soon, because I could have gotten a scholarship. The NCTA Help Santa Find the Perfect Real Christmas Tree scholarship offers $5,000 to $10,000 to persons ages 6 to 16 for the winning essay. If I had known, I would have been ho-ho-hoing all the way to the bank.
11. How much do you know? The amount could end up getting you some cash. If you know a whole lot about the FBI, you can get $250 via the FBI Common Knowledge Challenge. It is awarded to two high school students who win the quiz contest about the FBI.
13. Everyone says that prom is one of the most memorable times in high school. Why not make it a profitable time as well? The Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck on Prom Contest offers $6,000 in the form of a scholarship to the winning couple that makes their prom outfits out of duct tape. Persons who wish to enter are given a large selection of tape to use.
14. If you aren’t tall enough for the tall scholarship, maybe you’re short enough for the short one. The Billy Barty Foundation offers scholarships to students who are short in stature. I’m short, but not quite short enough for this scholarship. One needs to be shorter than 4′10″ and have medical form as proof of dwarfism. For more information, call the Foundation.
15. If you like Apple Pie, than you’ll love this scholarship. Students can enter the Culinary Institute of America’s All-American Apple Pie Recipe Contest. The person with the best recipe will win $25,000 for college. Second place takes $15,000, and third gets $10,000.
16. How good are you at welding? I couldn’t weld a box if I wanted to, but students who are interested in the craft are eligible for welding scholarships. The American Welding Society Scholarships can help students afford to be educated in the craft of soldering, brazing, joining, and thermal spraying.
17. Maybe you can’t weld, but maybe you can write or draw!? The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest award a scholarship to student authors and illustrators in the genre of Science Fiction. All those years of obsessing over Battlestar Galactica may finally pay off for Sci-Fi fans.
18. If Lisa Simpson was applying for a scholarship, perhaps she would consider the Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship. If carnivores annoy you, then you can finally get back at them by getting money for your beliefs (up to $10,000 to be exact).
19. What’s your favorite fabric? If it’s wool, then you might be able to get a scholarship via the National Make It Yourself with Wool Competition (you could enter even if you didn’t like wool). If you are an ace in the area of fashion and you can make garments out of 100% wool (or 60% wool blend), then you should enter the competition.
20. Ever read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand? Ever write an essay about it? The Ayn Rand Institute has a contest to see who can write the best essay concerning the novel. First-place winner gets $10,000.
21. Ever use or hear of a Gatling gun? Even if you haven’t, but your last name happens to be Gatling or Gatlin, then you may be eligible for the John Gatling Scholarship. The scholarship provides a full ride to North Carolina State University. Further proof that it may not be who you know, but who you share a distant relation to that helps you pay for college.
22. Any Star Trek fan would love this scholarship. The Klingon Language Institute awards $500 each year to a student who is in the field of language study. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know Klingon to get the scholarship.
23. I love candy! It’s almost an addiction.. That being said, I also needed money for college. The American Association of Candy Technologists (AACT) gives out a total of $10,000 to high school students who are interested in confectionary technology. My Dentist will name his boat “The Keith” with all the money I owe him.
24. The truth is out there, and the truth is, that the Parapsychology Foundation offers scholarships and grants to students interested in parapsychology. For those who may not be fans, parapsychology is the scientific study of paranormal activity.
25. The Society of Performers, Artists, Athletes, and Celebrities for Space Exploration, Inc. (SPAACSE) is always willing to help people pay for college. Three $1,000 scholarships are given out to graduating high school seniors who are interested in composing essays about space travel.
27. After years of being mocked by football players for being in the band, you can finally one-up them. The School Band and Orchestra Magazine Scholarship gives scholarships to musicians who have written great essays.
29. Ever wish you were in the Elks? lol…Even if you haven’t, you can still get money from them. The Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Award gives 500 four-year scholarships. The amount per year is between $1,000 and $15,000. The scholarships are open to high school students and you don’t even need to have membership with the Elks.
31. If you are entering college, Tylenol may become a necessity. If you are trying to pay for college, the Tylenol Scholarship can help you there too. In 2006 alone, over $250,000 was given to students all across the nation.
32. Discover Card makes a living off of getting college students (and many other people) in debt. So, I guess they figured it was about time to give back. The Discover Card Tribute Award gives 10 $25,000 scholarships as well as almost 300 $2,500 scholarships annually. The only requirement is a 2.75 GPA, and you need to have showcased leadership within your community while having “faced a significant roadblock or challenge.”
These are just a few. Of the billions of dollars available in scholarship awards, only a certain percentage is actually awarded every year. Please share with all of us any wacky or interesting scholarships you heard about!
Do any of you know of some great International Scholarships?
I’ve had a few request about these and am currently working on gathering some info together. Hit me up if you do!
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Keith Lipke is a careers and college recruiter, coach, mentor and blogger at The Hope Chest. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people along their journey who need it upon their search for the right career.