Unusual Scholarships

Everyone knows there are plenty of scholarships out there for the egghead, the jock, the feminist, the free spirit, and even the average student. There are also many scholarships that reward quirky and unique talents. Talents that truly make you stand out in a crowd and could potentially earn you substantial money for college expenses.

Unlike your typical scholarships, where the selection pool is huge, unusual scholarships – such as having the name Zolp – is required. There are tons of wacky, unusual, and just plain weird scholarships out there. Do you have a knack for duck-calling? Seems like a strange question but if you can, check out the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest; with a grand prize of $2,000. If you have a sweet tooth and are interested in creating the next big candy, National Candy Technologists Scholarship is the perfect outlet for you to put those taste buds to good use. Do you have a strong passion for fashion? Then take on the Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Challenge and create your entire prom attire out of Duct tape.

Remember, if you have an unusual talent, there may just be an equally unusual scholarship available. For a complete list of wacky, unusual, and just plain weird scholarships, conduct a free scholarship search at Scholarships.com and put those talents to good use.

Asparagus Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
The Asparagus Club Scholarship Program was founded in 1990 and has provided over $850,000 in scholarship funds to students entering the independent grocery retail careers.

The Asparagus Club awards a maximum of ten scholarships per year (subject to availability of funds). Each scholarship is $2,000 per semester (fall and spring only) not to exceed four consecutive semesters. Recipients must [...] More

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest
Application Deadlines: November 25, Annually
The Chick & Sophie Major Memorial Scholarship Duck Calling Contest is open to any high school senior in the United States who can call ducks. During its 38-year history, the renowned contest has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to young duck callers attending 32 different colleges and universities in 13 different states.

The competition will be held on November 25 at 11:00 a.m. The [...] More

Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
The Henkal Corporation's Duck Brand Duct Tape "Stuck at Prom" Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada, including the District of Columbia, but excluding Puerto Rico and the Province of Quebec. This contest rewards individuals for creating prom attire made completely out of duct tape.

Each couple/single entry must include:
-One color photograph (professional or [...] More

Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship
Application Deadlines: July 15, Annually
The Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship of $3,000 for undergraduate or graduate students who are enrolled in accredited parapsychology degree programs and/or who are completing masters or doctoral programs with research projects that include parapsychology. College students who are currently studying any field in parapsychology (telepathy, reincarnation, near-death experiences, etc.) may be eligible to [...] More

Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship
Application Deadlines: October 19, Annually
The Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award was designed to encourage graduate students to pursue crystallographically-oriented research. To qualify, applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program with a major interest in crystallography.

Submission materials:
-Curriculum vitae
-A one-page summary describing the type of crystallographic research being pursued
-Expected date [...] More

National Potato Council Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 15, Annually
Each year, NPC awards a $10,000 academic scholarship to one graduate-level student conducting research for the benefit of the potato industry. The winner is selected based on a number of criteria, including academic achievement, leadership abilities, potato-related areas of graduate study, benefit to the U.S. potato industry/commercial value, extracurricular activities, and grades.

Explain in [...] More

Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Are you under 21 years of age and about to start college in the fall? If so, you may be in luck! TCI annually awards student scholarship(s) of up to $1,000 each to tall students who are under 21 years of age and attending their first year of college in the following fall.

-You must be under 21
-You must be entering college in the upcoming fall
-You must also meet the TCI [...] More

Last Edited: February 2016

Scholarships by Type

Latest College & Financial Aid News

#BamaSits Protests Prompt #BamaStands “Stand-Ups” at UA

October 25, 2016

by Susan Dutca

Due to "ongoing racism" at the University of Alabama, students are choosing to remain seated during the national anthem at football games. Their #BamaSits demonstration is just one of the many thought to be motivated by similar protests by San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. #BamaSits protestors have cited their disapproval of "police violence against young black people" and the "racism [...]

“Just Do(nate) It”: Nike Co-Founder Gifts $500M to University of Oregon

October 18, 2016

by Susan Dutca

The generous $500 million gift from Phil and Penny Knight to the University of Oregon is the "largest ever for a public flagship institution" and is intended to support and strengthen interdisciplinary scientific research. With the donation, the university plans to extend its current science campus by 210,000 square feet, with three new research facilities. The initiative is expected to create [...]

A Second Chance for Former Prisoners, Gang Members

October 11, 2016

by Susan Dutca

One nonprofit is heavily recruiting reformed delinquents from disadvantaged communities and funneling them into college. The troubled youth - many of whom have committed crimes and have been in jail, are given personal advisers, free college-prep courses, childcare, bus passes and other forms of support to keep off the streets. College Bound Dorchester has enrolled about 130 students over the [...]

Follow Us:

facebook twitter rss feed