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.

Alice McArver Ratchford Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Alive Mcarver scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need to female, undergraduate students. In order to receive the scholarship, recipients must meet (and maintain) the following criteria: must live on-campus, must not possess an automobile, must be single, and may not have any other scholarships in conjunction with the Ratchford Scholarship.

Applicants must file their FAFSA [...] More

American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: April 06, Annually
This online scholarship is unlike many traditional scholarship essay contests. That's because instead of writing an essay, applicants will read one. Applicants will read the "Fire Sprinkler Essay," register and take a ten-question multiple choice test. For full details on the application process and how to apply, please visit the provider's website.

-AFSA High School scholarship [...] More

Asparagus Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
Each year, subject to availability of funds, up to ten scholarships are awarded to rising full-time juniors, seniors or graduate students pursuing a degree in business, food management or another relevant course of study leading to a career in the grocery industry, with preference given to the independent retail and wholesale sector. Each scholarship is $2,000 per semester (fall and spring only) [...] More

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest
Application Deadlines: November 27, 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 scholarships can be used to further their education in any [...] More

Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
Application Deadlines: June 01, 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. For further details and to apply, please visit the provider's website.

Each couple [...] 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

Little People of America Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 22, Annually
Scholarship information and applications, including letters of recommendation, are available online in early January and due by mid-April in the year prior to the school year you are planning on attending college.

Scholarships are given, in order of preference, to:
- Members of LPA who have a medically diagnosed form of dwarfism
- Immediate family members of dwarfs who are also paid [...] More

Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award
Application Deadlines: October 21, 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 major interest in crystallography.

To apply, applicants must submit (upload) the following as PDFs to our online application on our website.

- Curriculum vitae
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National Potato Council Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 30, 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.

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Last Edited: August 2015

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