Unusual Scholarships

Sure there are tons of scholarships out there for the egghead, the jock, the feminist, the free spirit, and even the average student. But what about those of you with strange talents? Those talents that really make you stand out in a crowd are the same talents that could potentially earn you loads of cash for college!

Unlike your typical scholarships, where the selection pool is humongous, a specific criterion – like having the name Zolp – is required for unique scholarships. There are tons of wacky, unusual and just plain weird scholarships out there. For instance, can you call ducks? 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, that’s sure to ruffle a few feathers. Do you have a sweet tooth? Who doesn’t, but unlike the rest of us who just sit around and enjoy those tasty treats, you’re interested in creating the next Snickers, making the National Candy Technologists Scholarship the perfect outlet for you to put those taste buds to good use. (The rest of us will be indebted to you!) Are you someone with a knack for fashion and have creativity coming out of your ears? Then take on the Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Challenge and create your entire prom attire out of Duck tape.

Remember, if you have an unusual talent, there may just be an equally unusual scholarship out there. 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!

National Potato Council Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 30, Annually
Each year, the National Potato Council awards a $10,000 scholarship to honor graduate students pursuing advanced studies in Agribusiness that supports the Potato Industry. Final scholarship selection is based on the following criteria: past academic achievement, leadership abilities and potato-related areas of graduate study (i.e. Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Crop and Soil Sciences, [...] 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 members of [...] More

Asparagus Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
The Asparagus Club was founded in 1909 to generate a spirit of cooperation and fellowship among members of the grocery industry. It is affiliated with the National Grocers Association and has sought to unite all segments of the grocery industry – retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and state and national trade association executives. The purpose of the scholarship is to enhance the future of [...] More

Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
Application Deadlines: May 23, 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 must submit: - One color photograph (professional or amateur) of the [...] More

International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Assn. Undergraduate / Graduate Scholarship
Application Deadlines: Varies
The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Assn. Undergraduate/Graduate Scholarship is for employees of supermarket dairy, deli, or bakery departments or employees of companies (such as a food manufacturer, broker, wholesaler) which service/supply those departments. Scholarships vary in value- up to $1,000. Four application deadlines per year: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1. Academic major [...] More

Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award
Application Deadlines: October 23, 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 - A one-page [...] More

American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: April 02, Annually
This online scholarship is unlike many traditional scholarship essay contests. That’s because instead of writing an essay, applicants will read one. That’s right! To apply, students must go online and read a short essay about sprinklers and fire safety. After finishing, they complete a 10-question quiz on what they just read. Each correct answer gives the student a chance at winning one of 10 [...] More

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