19 Wonderfully Weird Scholarships for College

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Weird 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 Scholarships for College


1. Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) Scholarships

Deadline: February 20, 2021

Award Amount: $5,000 – $10,000

GO HERE TO APPLY

Eligibility: Open to vegetarian and vegan students graduating from high school in the spring of 2021.

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.

2. Tall Clubs International (TCI) Scholarships

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Award Amount: $1,000

GO HERE TO APPLY

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: You may request an application from September 1, 2020 thru February 1, 2021. All instructions will be included in the application.

3. Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship

Deadline: March 9, 2021

Award Amount: $10,000

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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.

4. Doodle for Google College Scholarship

Deadline: March 20, 2021

Award Amount: $5,000 – $30,000

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Eligibility: Open to all legal United States residents who are students enrolled in grades K-12.

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

5. Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2021

Award Amount: $5,000

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

Submit: An essay with responses to 4 questions, including what is your favorite and least magic card or mechanic and why.

6. American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) Scholarships

Deadline: April 1, 2021

Award Amount: $1,000 – $2,000

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Eligibility: Open to high school seniors and anyone who has graduated high school or equivalency who wants to pursue a college degree or trade school education.

Submit: An online application.

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

Deadline: April 3, 2021

Award Amount: $5,000

GO HERE TO APPLY

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: A completed application (no essay!)

8. Asparagus Club Scholarship Program (NGA Foundation)

Deadline: April 13, 2021

Award Amount: $2,000

GO HERE TO APPLY

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: A completed application (no essay) with a letter of recommendation, personal statement, and resume.

9. College Skateboarding Educational Foundation (CSEF) Scholarship

Deadline: May, 2021

Award Amount: $1,000

GO HERE TO APPLY

Eligibility: Must be a skateboarder living in the United States who will be attending a college/university in the United States in the spring.

Submit: 1000 word or less essay answering 3 prompts, such as one thing you created for your local skateboarding community.

10. National Potato Council Scholarship

Deadline: June 16, 2021

Award Amount: $10,000

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

Submit: 200 words or less statement explaining how your work benefits the potato industry.

11. STARFLEET Scholarship Program

Deadline: June 30, 2021

Award Amount: $1,000

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Eligibility: Applicants must be a STARFLEET member and must have been a STARFLEET member at least 1 year before the application deadline. 

Submit: 2 page personal essay. 

12. Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

Deadline: July 21, 2021

Award Amount: $500 – $10,000

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Eligibility: To enter the contest you must be at least 14 years of age and attend a high school, home school association, or other school-sanctioned prom during the 2020 calendar year. Open to legal residents of the United States and Canada, excludes residents of Maryland, Vermont, Colorado, and the Province of Quebec.

Submit: At least one pic of yourself in your Duck prom wear (dress or tux) and fill in more details on an entry form.

13. Driven Coffee Scholarship

Deadline: Biannually – April 1 & October 1

Award Amount: $500

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

Submit: 3 short essays (suggested 500 words per essay) on topics such as if you could have coffee with any person – dead or alive – who would you pick and why?

14. Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Scholarship Contest

Deadline: November 29, 2020

Award Amount: $500 – $2,000

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Eligibility: Open to any current high school senior graduating in 2021.

Submit: A copy of the contestants high school transcript must be provided at registration along with a proper ID. The duck calling contest which will take place on the Main Street Stage beside the Chamber of Commerce in Stuttgart, Arkansas.

15. United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Scholarships

Deadline: December 1, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000 – $6,000

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Eligibility: Open to youth bowlers who have not reached their 20th birthday prior to Aug. 1 of the current bowling season. 

Submit: Requirements vary per scholarship, see applications for more info.

16. Foreclosure.com Scholarship Program

Deadline: December 15, 2020

Award Amount: $500 – $2,500

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Eligibility: Currently enrolled college students (graduate students, law students and/or high school seniors are NOT eligible) are invited to apply.

Submit: 800 – 2,000 word essay. The topic for 2020 is, “As a college student or recent graduate that may not qualify for a conventional home purchase, how would you leverage the ‘Rent to Own’ (lease option) opportunity to achieve home ownership?

17. “A Voice for Cats” Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Award Amount: $1,000

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Eligibility: Applicant must must have a background volunteering or working at an animal rescue organization for at least 20 hours and be currently enrolled in or enrolled to begin higher education studies in the fall semester 2020.

Submit: 300-500 word essay on on feline welfare and the humane treatment of cats.

18. L. Ron Hubbard’s Illustrators of the Future Contest

Deadline:  Quarterly -December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30

Award Amount: $500

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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.

19. L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

Deadline:  Quarterly -December 31, March 31, June 30, September 30

Award Amount: $500 – $1,000

GO HERE TO APPLY

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 weird scholarships you can apply for this year

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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