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 Deadline: 4/30/2018
  • Amount: $8,000
  • 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 retain full-time student status and earn at least a 2.5 GPA to earn a scholarship each semester/quarter. Eligible applicants must be rising juniors, seniors, or graduate [...] More

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

  • Application Deadline: 11/25/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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 Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest challenges students to create prom outfits using Duck Tape and wear them to prom for a chance to win scholarship cash. Legal residents of the United States and Canada, including the District of Columbia, but excluding Maryland, Vermont, Colorado and the Province of Quebec, who are at least 14 years of age or older can apply. You must also attend a high [...] More

Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/19/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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 Deadline: 6/15/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • 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 Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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.

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

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Student Group Cancels Controversial Debate at University of Chicago

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Last Reviewed: February 2018

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