Our 20 favorite weird scholarships for nontraditional students, to help fund your college education

College is expensive, and financial aid can be complicated. Why not have fun with it and apply to these out-of-the-ordinary college grants and scholarships? Be sure to send in the FAFSA application if you haven’t already, and then apply to these weird college grants and scholarships!

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Top 20 Bizarre Scholarships to Apply For:

1. “Yes for Liberty” Constitution Bee Scholarship

Amount: $3,500

If you’re a U.S. history buff at a Kansas High School, this scholarship is for you! Scholarship applicants will go through a four-part round of questions about the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, Founding Documents and Federalist Papers. Applicants will run through true and false questions, and work through a series of multiple-choice questions. The final three scholarship awards will be determined by an oral presentation.

2. ARRL – Amateur Radio Scholarships

Amount: $500 – $5,000

Calling all Amateur Radio professionals – the ARRL, a national association dedicated to Amateur Radio in the U.S., offers scholarship awards to support the awareness and growth of the industry. Each scholarship requires that you hold some form of an active Amateur Radio License Class. Keep an eye out for these requirements and continue doing what you love on the air.

3. Tall Clubs International Foundation, inc.

If you’re exceptionally height-advantaged, the Tall Clubs International Foundation might just be the scholarship for you. The application calls for men and women under 21 who are entering their freshman year of college. The minimum height requirements for membership in Tall Clubs International is 5’ 10” for women and 6’ 2” for men.

4. Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Amount: $5,000 – $10,000

Vegetarians and supporters alike – this group wants to know how you promote vegetarianism in your high school or community. An anonymous donor sponsors the awards with two $5,000 scholarships and one $10,000 scholarship.

5. David Letterman Scholarship

Amount: $3,333, $5,000 and $10,000

The David Letterman Scholarship is perfect for Ball State University students majoring or minoring in telecommunications. Fans of the previous talk show host can apply once they have 30 – 102 credits at the end of their Fall semester. This scholarship allows students to showcase creative achievements by explaining a telecommunications project they worked on – how they thought of the project and how they developed it.

6. Collegiate Beef Advocacy Program

Amount: $2,000

Don’t have beef with someone – become a beef advocate and earn scholarship money! This program connects leaders to beef industry experts to access mentorship, cattlemen and cattlewomen, to help improve leadership skills.

7. National Marbles Tournament

Fellow mibsters – a.k.a. marble shooters – the National Marbles Tournament awards 4 college scholarships per year. The requirements? Applicants must be between the age of 7-14 and have won a local marble championship. The tournament involves 1,200 marble games played over a period of 4 days, welcoming kids from across the U.S. to Wildwood, New Jersey.

8. Pokémon Club Championship

Amount: Varies

Yes, really! Pokémon trainers can battle in the Training Card Game Championship to earn points, and later earn scholarship awards. Previous winners have received up to $25,000 in scholarship money, which might just cover a year or two of your college tuition.

9. Create-a-Greeting-Card scholarship

Amount: $10,000 plus a $1,000 for your school

Show off your design skills by creating your own greeting card and submitting it to win scholarship money. Students are encouraged to include original art. Ages 14 and up may apply, from high school to college students.

10. Flying Musicians Association Solo Program

Amount: First solo in flight training with instructor

This very specific scholarship is geared toward musicians who want to learn how to fly. High school juniors and seniors in good standing must be nominated by their music director. FMA will then sponsor the student’s first solo in flight training with a participating flight school, or with a flight instructor who is FAA-certified.

11. Amish Descendant Scholarship Fund

Amount: $20,000 worth of scholarships

To qualify for this scholarship, students must have grown up Amish, with a family who is continuing to leave an Amish lifestyle. Students must also have earned their GED or high school diploma. The ADSFund aims to help Amish and former Amish students fund their college education.

12. Getting Real About Distracted Driving

Amount: $1,000

To raise awareness for distracted driving, students will design an advertisement to educate people on the dangers, while including a bit of humor or irony in the ad. This is a creative opportunity where students can create a billboard, commercial, radio ad, or poster to name a few mediums. Students will also aim to convince people not to text and drive, drink and drive, eat and drive, or get caught up in any other distraction while driving in their message. (Like this scholarship? Also check out our scholarship MerryApp on safe driving.)

13. Courageous Persuaders Award Dangers of Underage Drinking 

Amount: $3,000

Students will create a 30-second or longer commercial with a message focused on the dangers of underage drinking -or- the dangers of texting while driving. Scholarship applicants may submit separate videos in both categories, with a target audience of middle school classrooms. The winning commercial will be aired on T.V. or featured on the Courageous Persuaders website. Check out their website for a full list of scholarship opportunities.

14. Alpine Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Students interested in studying Alpine culture in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and surrounding areas are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Scholarship provider Minnesota Krampus, a nonprofit organization, promotes cultural traditions of St. Nikolaus and his Krampus. Students from any major may apply as long as their major supports the study of topics that involve the Alps and its people, including language, history, politics, music, folklore, and more.

15. Stuck at Prom Scholarship

Amount: Up to $10,000

Get ready to create the ultimate promwear. You’ll be literally stuck at prom…using Duck® brand crafting tape to assembly your outfit. Students will create AND wear creative promwear assembled with the crafting tape, take a photo, and submit their creation for public voting. There are 4 scholarships in total, 2 for the Dress Category and 2 for the Tux Category.

16. Rumley Specialty Summer Camp Scholarship

Amount: $500

Summer camp is more than just obstacle courses and scheduled study times. This scholarship promotes skill-developing camps so students can learn in a range of areas outside the traditional public-school setting. These areas include computer networking and coding, robotics, athletics, music, animation, education, and more.

17. Doodle 4 Google Scholarship

Amount: $30,000

Another scholarship to award creative students! Students may submit a doodle illustrating the search engine name using any materials they’d like. Students must also include a doodle description – an artist statement explaining the doodle and how it represents something that inspires the student. Doodles will be judged based on artistic merit, creativity, and theme communication (how well the student expresses the theme in the artwork and written statement). Parents and teachers must submit the student’s entry form or submit it online as an image file (.png or .jpg).

18. Fostering Education Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Foster children in New Hampshire are encouraged to apply for this scholarship honoring the scholarship provider’s mother, Jennifer. She became a foster child after her father passed away, and her teenage mother wasn’t able to give her the care she needed. Jennifer continued her education regardless of the challenges, and now her daughters want to give students an educational opportunity.

19. ScholarshipRed

Amount: $1,000

A scholarship for natural redheads, celebrating intelligence and creativity. This unique scholarship promotes academics with an emphasis on creating role models.

20. Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

Amount: Up to $2,000

Is duck calling your calling? The first National Duck Calling Contest took place in 1936 in Stuttgart, Arkansas. Now, the contest supports young duck callers attending college. The funds are raised in various ways, including duck call sales, duck call pins, hamburger cookouts, and donations. This scholarship is open to current high school seniors. 

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Kelly Lamano

Though always a creative, Kelly's momentum into the world of writing and publishing arrived when she attended college. She quickly learned the financial value - and cost - of honing her craft, and sought scholarships that would be crucial to not only funding, but fueling her education. She wants to help new students thrive with Going Merry's easy scholarship finder. Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in Broadcast, Print and Online Media, and a minor in Spanish from Florida Southern College.

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