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16 Wonderfully Weird Scholarships for College

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Weird & crazy scholarships to apply for…

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While there are oodles of scholarship opportunities offered to high school students and college students, the bulk of them are rather unvaried. Few are memorable for anything besides a large award or an excessively long essay requirement. 

But variety is the spice of life – even in the world of academia. 

An oddball scholarship here and there can help break up the monotony when you’re working on a stack of applications. 

So, in this post you’ll find 19 weird scholarships for college that you probably didn’t even know existed.

Weird College Scholarships


Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) Scholarship

  • Deadline: Feb. 20, 2022
  • Award: $5,000 – $10,000

Eligibility: Open to vegetarian and vegan students graduating from high school in the spring.

Submit: An essay addressing different points on vegetarianism, including, how you promoted vegetarianism in your high school and/or community and why it is important to you. In addition, 2 years of transcripts (official not necessary) and 3 or more recommendations. 

Tall Clubs International (TCI) Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 1, 2022
  • Award: $1,000

Eligibility: Open to students under 21 years of age, about to attend their first year of higher education, and who meet the height requirements of TCI— 5′ 10″ (178 cm) for women, and 6′ 2″ (188 cm) for men.

Submit: Completed application, official transcript, 2 recommendations, one page essay, and a photo of yourself. 

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 2, 2022
  • Award: $10,000

Eligibility: Must be 14 years or older at time of entry and be enrolled in High School, College, University or Homeschool.

Submit: An original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card.

Doodle 4 Google Scholarship Contest

  • Deadline: March 4, 2022
  • Award: $5,000 – $30,000

Eligibility: Open to all students in grades K-12. 

Submit: A doodle using any materials you want and a statement about what you have drawn.

Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 31, 2022
  • Award: $5,000

Eligibility: Open to high school seniors and college students who have an interest in the fantasy trading card game, Magic: The Gathering.

Submit: A personal statement, FASFA form, and high school transcript. 

Asparagus Club Scholarship Program (NGA Foundation)

  • Deadline: April 15, 2022
  • Award: $2,000

Eligibility: Open to full-time enrolled rising sophomores through post graduate studies students with a a minimum of a cumulative 2.5 GPA. Must have the intent to pursue a career in the independent grocery industry.

Submit: Completed application (no essay), 1 letter of recommendation, personal statement, and resume.

American Association of Candy Technologists (AACT) John Kitt Memorial Scholarship

  • Deadline: May 6, 2022
  • Award: $5,000

Eligibility: Must be a college sophomore, junior or senior; have a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology; be majoring in a food science, chemical science, biological science, or related area; attend an accredited, four-year college or university within North America; and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Submit: Online application.

Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

  • Deadline: June 8, 2022
  • Award: $500 – $10,000

Eligibility: Must be enrolled in a high school or home school association at the high-school level during the 2022-2022 school year.

Submit: Online form and a photo of yourself in our Duck Tape prom wear. 

College Skateboarding Educational Foundation (CSEF) Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 9, 2022
  • Award: $1,000

Eligibility: Must be a skateboarder living in the United States who will be attending a college/university in the United States in the spring. 2.5 GPA or higher required. 

Submit: Online application.

STARFLEET Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: June 15, 2022
  • Award: $2,500

Eligibility: Open to members of STARFLEET, the International Star Trek Fan Association, for at least one year prior to the application deadline.

Applicant must be continuing or beginning their studies at any community college, four-year college, technical school, junior college, university, graduate school, or any other accredited institution/organization that offers a certificate/certified program.

Submit: Completed application, 2 page personal essay, resume, 3 letters of recommendation, official transcript, and college acceptance letter if not currently in college. 

National Potato Council Potato LEAF Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 22, 2022
  • Award: $10,000

Eligibility: Must be a graduate-level student with strong interest in research that can directly benefit the potato industry.

Submit: Online application, 200 words or less personal statement, curriculum vitae and official transcripts, 2 references, 1 letter of recommendation, and list of activities demonstrating service and leadership. 

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Scholarship Contest

  • Deadline: Nov. 29, 2022
  • Award: $500 – $2,000

Eligibility: Open to any current high school senior graduating this year. 

Submit: Copy of high school transcript and proper ID. The duck calling contest which will take place on the Main Street Stage beside the Chamber of Commerce in Stuttgart, Arkansas.

Foreclosure.com Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: Dec. 15, 2022
  • Award: $1,000 – $4,000

Eligibility: Currently enrolled college students (graduate students, law students and/or high school seniors are NOT eligible) are invited to apply. Freshman entering Fall 2022 are eligible once they have received a student ID number.

Submit: Online application and 800 – 2000 word essay on how you can capitalize on foreclosures, bankruptcy homes, and tax liens properties. 

Driven Coffee Scholarship

  • Deadline: Dec. 31, 2022
  • Award: $100 – $500

Eligibility: Students of any undergraduate academic (college, university, community college, trade school, etc.) level are encouraged to apply. Must be attending a school in the United States or Canada. 

Submit: 3 short essays (500 words each) and proof of enrollment.  

L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest

  • Deadline: QUARTERLY – March 31, June 30, Sept. 30 & Dec. 31
  • Award: $500 – $5,000

Eligibility: Open to new and amateur sci-fi/fantasy artists. Entrants from all nations may apply.

Submit: 3 science fiction/fantasy illustrations done in a color or black-and-white medium created from the artist’s imagination. Use of gray scale in illustrations and mixed media, computer generated art, and the use of photography in the illustrations are accepted. Each illustration must represent a subject different from the other two.

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

  • Deadline: QUARTERLY – March 31, June 30, Sept. 30 & Dec. 31
  • Award: $500 – $5,000

Eligibility: Open to new and amateur sci-fi/fantasy writers. Entrants from all nations may apply.

Submit: A hardcopy science fiction/fantasy manuscript (excluding poetry or works intended for children) up to 17,000 words. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s legal name, a pen name if applicable, and an approx. word count.


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Final thoughts on crazy weird scholarships you can get

That concludes this post on unusual college scholarships. More weird ones (like ScholarshipRed, a scholarship for redheads) have been offered in the past, but have since been discontinued.

Rest assured, all the weird scholarships listed above are currently available and accepting (or will be soon) applications.

So, which scholarships are you going to apply for now?


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