Weird Scholarships

When it comes to winning scholarships, geek is chic. Often, a college scholarship is not awarded solely based on major, academic ability, test scores, or athletic talent, but according to a variety of criteria likely to indicate potential for college success. Students who think creatively, express themselves well, and demonstrate an interest in acquiring a great depth and breadth of knowledge are likely to stand out in scholarship applications, as well as the college application process.

Students with unusual talents and interests often find themselves uniquely suited to art scholarships, writing scholarships, and a variety of other weird scholarship opportunities. It makes sense. A typical scholarship contest will seek applicants who stand out from the crowd, and some, like the weird scholarship contests mentioned below, seek students who have spent their entire lives standing out from the crowd. The scholarship applicants whose talents and interests have already earned them school-wide recognition are likely to also receive recognition from scholarship providers, especially where wacky or unusual scholarships are concerned.

Free scholarship money abounds for students with a penchant for the unusual. The hippie girl is going to clean up in green scholarships and community service scholarships for all her high school activism. The guy who memorized pi to 250 places is almost guaranteed some sort of academic scholarship. Duct Tape Pants Guy and the girl hauling around a battered copy of The Fountainhead can win thousands of dollars just for celebrating their talents with a photograph or scholarship essay, as well. Even the sci-fi kids can win multiple weird scholarship awards.

In addition to merit scholarships, scholarships for women, scholarships for minorities, or other well-known categories, weird scholarships are also worth investigating. If you have a weird talent, there might be a weird scholarship for it. The only way to know is to look, so conduct a scholarship search, check off all your "out there" interests in your profile, and start finding money for college.

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

Beef Industry Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 13, Annually
Sponsored by CME Group & the National Cattlemen's Foundation Ten scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to outstanding students who are pursuing careers in the beef industry. Fields of study may include: education, communications, production, research or any other area involved with the beef industry. The purpose of this program is to identify and encourage talented and thoughtful students who [...] More

American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The American Society for Enology and Viticulture annually awards numerous scholarships to students pursuing a degree in enology, viticulture, or a curriculum emphasizing a science basic to the wine and grape industry. The awards are not in predetermined amounts and may vary from year to year. The Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, religion, gender, or [...] More

Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship
Application Deadlines: September 30, Annually
The Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship is a grant that covers tuition and housing (when applicable) in an Evans Scholarship House and may be renewed for up to four years at the Foundation's option. Applicants must meet the following requirements: - Strong Caddie Record - Excellent Academics - Demonstrated Financial Need - Outstanding Character Applicants must have caddied for a minimum of two [...] More

USBC Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The Chuck Hall Star of To morrow Award annually recognizes star qualities in a male USBC Youth member who competes in the sport of bowling. Star qualities include distinguished certified bowling performances on the local, state and national level, academic achievement and extra-curricular activities. The award winner will receive a $6,000 scholarship. This scholarship will be formally presented [...] More

National Dairy Shrine/Dairy Management, Inc. (DMI) Milk Marketing Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The DMI-National Dairy Shrine Milk Marketing Scholarships are based on ability, interests and need. These awards are provided to encourage undergraduate sophomores and junior students to pursue careers in marketing of milk or dairy products. Major areas can include dairy science, animal science, agricultural economics, agricultural communications, agricultural education, general education and [...] More

The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund is considered "The Golf Charity of Massachusetts" and is one of the largest independent scholarship organizations in New England. The Ouimet Fund was founded in 1949 and since that time has awarded over $14.2 Million in need-based college tuition assistance scholarships. The Ouimet Fund is a 501 (c) (3) organization, to which contributions are tax-deductible. [...] More

Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society Rolex Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 31, Annually
The mission of the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society (OW-USS) is to; promote educational activities associated with the underwater world. There is one scholarship for North American citizens and one for European citizens. Applicants must be certified SCUBA divers and will need to pass a diving physical prior to acceptance of Scholarship. The scholarships provide a hands-on introduction [...] More

Proton OnSite Scholarship and Innovation Program
Application Deadlines: February 20, Annually
The Proton OnSite Scholarship and Innovation Program asks applicants to share their great idea for producing hydrogen with water and renewable energy, and how they would use it to solve a real-world problem. High school seniors, college students and adult innovators are challenged find new and creative ways for generating and/or using hydrogen, with the winning individual receiving either a [...] More

National Candy Technologists Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 13, Annually
The scholarship award for the recipient is $5,000, paid in two $2,500 installments after verification of enrollment. To qualify for this non-renewing scholarship award, the student must: - Be either a college sophomore, junior or senior for the upcoming academic year - Have a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology (this can include many activities including but not limited to [...] More

LaFontaine Aquatic Entomology Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
This grant was created to honor Gary LaFontaine and the aquatic entomology he loved and spent his life studying. A fund has been established in the Federation of Fly Fishers Foundation, to support graduate students (MS or PhD) doing a research project in aquatic entomology. A resume, a short synopsis of the project, and letter of recommendation from his or her faculty adviser are requested for [...] More

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