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: 4/30/2019
  • 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: 11/23/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • High School seniors may compete for college scholarships totaling $4,250 at the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. A copy of the contestants high school transcript must be provided at registration along with a proper ID.
    The first-place winner will receive $2,000. Second place will receive $1,000, 3rd place will receive $750, and 4th place will receive $500. The scholarship [...] More

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Last Reviewed: April 2019

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