26 Unique & Unusual Scholarships to Save You Money
Scholarships are often one of the top options when it comes to paying for college because they never need to be paid back. In other words, they provide students with free money for school and can help prevent student debt.
Also, scholarships are a fantastic option because they’re widely available. There are hundreds of thousands of different ones out there for all types of situations…even wacky and weird scholarships you never would’ve thought of! Whether you’re left-handed, a Pokemon master, or passionate about laser tattoo removal, there’s a scholarship for you.
But where should you look for weird scholarships? A great starting point is to do an online search for scholarships related to your interests.
We made it easy for you to begin your search right now by providing you with 26 weird scholarships to apply for:
Put your artistic talents to the test and design a doodle for Google’s homepage to win this generous scholarship. All students in grades K-12 are eligible to enter and the winner receives a $30,000 scholarship plus a $50,000 technology grant for their school.
Check out the scholarship website for deadlines and more.
Amount: Up to $10,000
If you were looking for a way to make yourself stand out at prom, look no further than these weird scholarships from Duck brand duct tape. Simply put together a prom dress or prom tux using Duck duct tape or crafting tape for a chance to win. In order to enter, simply create an online entry and submit a photo of your masterpiece. The submission with the most votes wins. Check out the scholarship website for more information.
Amount: Up to $25,000
Pokemon doesn’t have to just be a hobby…it can also make you money! Talented Pokemon players who play in either the Pokemon Video Game World Championship or the Pokemon TCG World Championship can win up to $25,000. The top 8 players have the choice of receiving a cash prize or a scholarship. For more information, visit the scholarship website.
UNIMA-USA awards these unique scholarships to American puppeteers who desire to study puppetry abroad. Applicants must either have professional experience in puppetry, a puppetry degree, or a demonstrated commitment to the art of puppetry. For deadlines and more info, check out the scholarship website.
Students with a knack for mystery writing can apply for this $500 scholarship. The writing can be in the form of fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, or play scripts. Candidates should not have received monetary compensation for mystery or crime writing in the past to qualify. For more info, check out the scholarship website.
Open to any major, this $1,500 scholarship puts your jewelry-designing abilities to the test. Candidates must design a diamond ring in the form of a drawing, sketch, or computer-generated image and write two paragraphs about the design and what inspired it. For more information, check out the scholarship website.
Amount: $1,000 to $1,500
Left-handed students at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA are eligible to apply for these left-handed scholarships. Applicants should be sophomores, juniors, or seniors who demonstrate either financial need or academic success. For more information, check out the scholarship website.
Amount: 50% of tuition
Twins who attend Lake Erie College have the opportunity to attend for the price of one student. These unusual scholarships cover 50% of each twin’s tuition. For more information, head over to the scholarship website.
Amount: $20,000 ($5,000 per year)
Some of the top Magic: The Gathering players in the world put together a scholarship fund for talented players hoping to attend college. The intention is to find highly intelligent students that could benefit from extra engagement. If that sounds like you, check out the scholarship website for more information.
Amount: Up to $2,000
These weird scholarships award young duck callers at the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. First place wins a $2,000 scholarship, second place wins $1,000, third place wins $750, and fourth place wins $500. For more details, check out the scholarship website.
Let’s face it, a good greeting card never goes out of style and The Gallery Collection wants to reward students for designing their own. Applicants should submit their design in photo, artwork, or computer graphic form. To be eligible, students must be at least 14 years old and either homeschooled or enrolled in a high school, college, or university. The winner is decided by voting. For more information, check out the scholarship website.
Amount: Up to $2,500
These unusual scholarships aims to educate the community about various topics in real estate. In order to apply, simply write an essay between 800 and 2,000 words about the pros and cons of renting versus owning a home. The first-place winner receives a $2,500 scholarship while second- and third- place winners receive a $500 scholarship. For more information, visit the scholarship website.
Star Trek fans can apply for these unique scholarships worth $1,000. Applicants must have been members of STARFLEET for at least one year before applying. STARFLEET is made up of hundreds of local chapters with the aim of providing a base for Star Trek fans to interact. For more information, check out the scholarship website.
These weird scholarships are perfect for aspiring writers. Students must be attending Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and have a love for creative writing. The committee looks for an “unusual perspective, for quirky brilliance, for a voice, not necessarily the kind that can be measured by conventional standards.” The application consists of 10 double-spaced pages of creative fiction and the winner spends the year living in the former dorm room of J.D. Salinger. For more information, check out the scholarship website.
With the aim of supporting the continuing education of natural redheads, Scholarshipred awards $500 to help with college tuition. Juniors and seniors are eligible to apply and must submit a creative piece about what it means to be a redhead. In order to prove that their hair is natural, applicants must submit a current photo of themselves as well as a photo of them as a child. To find out more, visit the scholarship website.
Amount: Full Tuition + Room & Board
Who knew that being a golf caddie could pay your college tuition? These weird scholarships award full tuition and room and board to students who have demonstrated a strong record as a golf caddie, good grades, outstanding character, and financial need. Winners live in Evans Scholarship Houses at participating universities. For more information, visit the scholarship website.
While it has to do with the paranormal, parapsychology is far from dead. These unusual scholarships are awarded to students studying parapsychology, which could involve anything from near-death experiences to telepathy. For information on how to apply, check out the scholarship website.
Amount: Up to $10,000
Another scholarship relating to parapsychology, the Gilbert Roller Parapsychological Phenomena Scholarship supports scientific field investigations into macroscopic psychokinetic phenomena. In order to apply, students should demonstrate that they are qualified to conduct this type of research and submit a proposal. The decision is made based on the quality of the proposal and its usefulness to the field. For more info, check out the scholarship website.
The Gypsy Lore Society aims to promote the study of Gypsies and Travelers in Romani culture. This $500 award is given to the writer of the best unpublished paper on the topic and Gypsy Lore Society members are given priority. For deadlines and more info, check out the scholarship website.
The American Fence Association awards these little-known scholarships each year at FENCETECH. Recipients must either be employed in the fence industry or be the immediate family member of an employee in the industry. Additionally, applicants must have a B average and have done at least 40 hours of community service. Winners do not need to be members of the AFA to qualify. For more info, check out the scholarship website.
These weird scholarships are perfect for those interested in laser tattoo removal. Candidates must have an emphasis in nursing, medicine, natural or applied sciences, or engineering in their studies. The application consists of writing an essay on the societal impact of laser tattoo removal and including the scholarship provider’s name in the body of the essay. Check out the scholarship website for more info.
The great thing about this scholarship is that it motivates students to apply for as many scholarships as possible! In order to apply, students must send email confirmations of other scholarships they’ve applied for as well as write a short personal summary. For more information, check out the scholarship website.
23. Zolp Scholarship
Perhaps one of the least competitive awards on this list of weird scholarships, this award is only open to Catholic students with the last name Zolp who are attending Loyola University Chicago. The application requires both a birth certificate and a baptism confirmation. For deadlines and more info, check out the scholarship website.
Amount: $10,000 to $15,000
Following the same pattern as the previous scholarship, this generous award was established by Mr. John Gatling, a local Raleigh businessman. North Carolina State University students with the last name Gatling or Gatlin are eligible to apply. For more details, check out the scholarship website.
While most scholarships focus on what students do have, this one focuses on what they don’t have. Applicants must be female students at the University of North Carolina who live on-campus, don’t own a car, are single, and have not received any other scholarships. For more details, check out the scholarship website.
Soon you’ll be able to apply to all of these on Going Merry (let us know in the comments section if there are others we should include). In the meantime, we already have thousands of scholarships which you can apply for directly.
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