School Is Fun Essay Scholarships

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From the wacky to downright weird, these scholarships leave you hanging on every word and wondering: how many people actually apply for these?

October is the perfect time to celebrate the offbeat, the oddball and the obscure – after all, that’s exactly what the spirit of Halloween embraces, isn’t it?

So, whether you’re looking for a spooky scholarship to celebrate the time of the year or an obscure scholarship because it suits you, Fastweb has them!

At the end of the day, we’re all freaks and geeks in one way or another and not just on Halloween.

Note: Those with passed deadlines will appear at the bottom of the list, just in case you want to keep an eye out to apply next year.

It’s time to embrace your inner freak to celebrate the season of spooks. It’s time to get weird with scholarships!

Halloween Express Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 12/17/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Halloween Express Scholarship Contest is open to students who are at least 18 years of age. You must submit a 500 to 2500 word essay expressing your views on the topic: “Christmas Traditions” in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Halloween Express Scholarship Contest .

Stick or Treat Contest

Deadline: 10/31/17
Available to: Minimum Age 18
Award Amount: 3 Awards from $250 – $1,000

The Stick or Treat Contest is open to students ages 18 and older. To enter, you must submit an image of your decorated and / or accessorized Halloween themed pumpkin (real or artificial) using Duck Tape brand duct tape.

Learn more about the Stick or Treat Contest.

National Rice Month Scholarship

Deadline: 10/31/17
Available to: High School Senior through College Freshman
Award Amount: $4,000

The National Rice Month Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who are from the rice-growing states of Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri or Texas. You must submit a video of no more than three minutes about U.S. rice, National Rice Month and the importance of rice to your state in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the National Rice Month Scholarship .

Morgan/O’Neill Underwater Photography Grant

Deadline: 11/18/17
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,000

The Morgan/O’Neill Underwater Photography Grant is open to female students who are looking to continue their development in the field of underwater photography. You must be a certified diver in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Morgan/O’Neill Underwater Photography Grant.

Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA) – USA Scholarship

Deadline: 12/01/17
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The UNIMA-USA Scholarship is available to members of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA) – USA. You must be a North American citizen over the age of 18 and a second-level puppeteer (i.e. some experience and/or a university degree). This award is to support study with a recognized puppetry professional or professional program outside of North America.

To apply, you must indicate professional experience, provide three letters of recommendation from professionals in your field, photos of your completed work, indication of motivation for studying and information about the program or professional with whom you intend to study.

Learn more about the Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA) – USA Scholarship.

National Cartoonists Society Foundation – Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: 12/15/17
Available to: College Juniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $5,000

The Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship is available to college juniors and seniors. You must submit eight examples of your own cartooning artwork to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the National Cartoonists Society Foundation – Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship.

ABPA Harrington/Arthur Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: 1/01/18
Available to: Ages 14-19
Award Amount: $1,000

The ABPA Harrington/Arthur Memorial Scholarship is available to all students of high school age (over 13 and under 20 as of December 31). You must submit an essay addressing the following topic: Explain the difference between a containment cross-connection program and an isolation or primary cross-connection program. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of each. Which program offers the best protection against backflow and why. Essays must be between 700 and 1,200 words using size 12 font and double-spaced.

Learn more about the ABPA Harrington/Arthur Memorial Scholarship .

Tall Clubs International Scholarship

Deadline: 2/01/18
Award Amount: $1,000
Available to: College Freshmen; Maximum Age 21 Years

The Tall Clubs International Scholarship is available to freshmen students who are above average height (at least 5’10" for women and at least 6’2" for men).

In order to apply, you must contact your local TCI Member Club to request sponsorship. You must be under the age of 21 and entering your first year of college in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Tall Clubs International Scholarship.

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Deadline: 2/20/18
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 1 Awards of $10,000, 2 Awards of $5,000

The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors.

You must have been active in promoting vegetarianism in your school and / or community; and have demonstrated compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship.

Clowns of America International Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/18
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

The Clowns of America International (COAI) Scholarship is available to students enrolled in family entertainment educational programs that run for a minimum of ten hours.

You must be a COAI member in good standing for at least one year in order to be considered for this award.

Get more information on the Clowns of America International Scholarship.

American Board of Funeral Service Education National Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/18
Available to: College Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500

The American Board of Funeral Service Education National Scholarship is open to students who are pursuing study in a program in funeral service or mortuary science education in an ABFSE-accredited program.

To be considered for this award, you must have completed at least one semester/quarter of study and have at least one remaining before graduation.

This award is based on financial need, academic performance, extracurricular activities, recommendations and the articulateness of the application itself. U.S. citizenship is also required.

Learn more about the American Board of Funeral Service Education National Scholarship.

Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: 3/02/18
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5

The Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest is open to currently enrolled high school and college students in the United States. To enter, you must design a holiday, get well, or birthday greeting card and submit your work to be judged. Your photo, art, or graphics submitted must be your own original work and you must be at least 14 years of age to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest.

AACT John Kitt Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: 4/02/18
Available to: College Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: $5,000

The AACT John Kitt Memorial Scholarship is available to sophomore, junior, and senior students who have a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology. To be eligible, you must be majoring in food science, chemical science, biological science, or a related field at an accredited four – year college or university and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Learn more about the AACT John Kitt Memorial Scholarship.

For the Love of Chocolate Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: 5/01/18
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The For the Love of Chocolate Foundation Scholarship is available to students at the French Pastry School. You must be accepted into L’Art de la Patisserie program, demonstrate a desire to develop your pastry art skills and have worked a minimum of 40 hours in a food service establishment prior to the beginning of the semester to qualify for this award. Selection is also based on financial need. A personal essay and two letters of recommendation must also be submitted.

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CKSF Scholarship Competition

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshmen to Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

The CKSF Scholarships are available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in the U.S.

You must register to participate in scholarship quizzes that test your knowledge of topics ranging from general “common knowledge” to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies.

You will be scored based on a combination of time and accuracy. Students with the highest scores at the end of each competition win.

Learn more about the CKSF Scholarship Competition.

H. Andrew Morse Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Juniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $500

The H. Andrew Morse Memorial Scholarship is available to junior and senior aerospace engineering students at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. You must have a minimum 2.75 GPA to qualify for this award. Preference is given to students with an interest in helicopters.

Learn more about the H. Andrew Morse Memorial Scholarship .

Bessemer Pumpkinfest Committee Annual Scholarship

Award Amount: $500
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Sophomores

The Bessemer Pumpkinfest Committee Annual Scholarship is available to full-time students at Gogebic Community College.

You must be active in service in your community and be a resident of Gogebic or Ontonagon County, Michigan, or Iron County, Wisconsin, to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Bessemer Pumpkinfest Committee Annual Scholarship.

Mycological Society of America Graduate Research Prize

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: 4 Awards of $100

The Mycological Society of America Graduate Research Prizes are available to student members of the MSA who present the best research papers or posters in mycology.

You must be a student member of the MSA and be a M.Sc. or Ph.D. candidate to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Mycological Society of America Graduate Research Prize.

Twin/Triplet Dorm Room Waiver

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: Varies

The Twin/Triplet Dorm Room Waiver is available to full-time entering freshmen at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

You must be a twin or triplet and all must attend NEO together (but you don’t have to room together) to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Twin/Triplet Dorm Room Waiver.

Alice McArver Ratchford Scholarship for What You Don’t Do

Deadline: Varies
Available To:College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Alice McArver Ratchford Scholarship is open to female students at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. You must live on campus and have never been married.

You must also not have a car and have received no other scholarships to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Alice McArver Ratchford Scholarship.

LaFontaine Aquatic Entomology Award

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Juniors through Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5

The LaFontaine Aquatic Entomology Award is available to graduate students doing a research project in aquatic entomology.

You must submit your resume, a short synopsis of your project, and a letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the LaFontaine Aquatic Entomology Award.

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: 4 Awards from $500 – $2,000

The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest is available to high school seniors who demonstrate talent in duck calling.

You must participate in a duck calling contest in Stuttgart, Arkansas to be considered for this award.

Get more information on the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest.

Rodeo Club Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: Varies

The Rodeo Club Scholarship is open to entering freshmen or transfer students enrolled in the Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

You must be majoring in animal science, be enrolled full time, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be planning to participate in the Rodeo Club NIRA sanctioned events to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Rodeo Club Scholarship.

Arthur Gittins Entomology Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: Varies

The Arthur Gittins Entomology Scholarship is available to undergraduate students at the University of Idaho. You must be majoring in entomology and demonstrate academic achievement to be eligible for this award. Preference is given to freshmen, then to transfer students and to those changing their majors to entomology.

Learn more about the Arthur Gittins Entomology Scholarship.

Integrated Project Solutions Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: $6,800

The Integrated Project Solutions Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students at Savannah College of Art and Design. You must be majoring in animation, broadcast design and motion graphics, interactive design and game development, sound design or visual effects. To be eligible, you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least 45 credits.

Learn more about the Integrated Project Solutions Scholarship.

Chemistry/ Forensic Chemistry Department Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000

The Chemistry/ Forensic Chemistry Department Scholarship is available to students majoring in chemistry or forensic chemistry at Waynesburg College.

Learn more about the Chemistry/ Forensic Chemistry Department Scholarship .

Bonus: Weird Internships!

Poe Museum Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen to College Seniors

The Poe Museum Internship undergraduate students and recent graduates. You must submit a “Statement of Intent” describing, in 250 words or less, why you would benefit from an internship at the Poe Museum and majoring in collections and exhibits management, marketing and public relations, and museum operations to be considered for this position.

Learn more about the Poe Museum Internship.

Holography Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen to College Seniors

The Holography Internship is available to students with an interest in holography.

You will assist with work in a laser lab creating and copying holograms.

You will also assist with work in an art gallery: fabricating displays, creating sculptural and computer-generated art, work in cinematography and assist in the running of the business of the gallery.

A personal holography project may be part of your work.

Learn more about the Holography Internship.

Costume and Textiles Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5

The Costume and Textiles Internship is available to post-graduate and graduate students from the following majors: costume studies, material culture, museum studies, art history, or library science. You must have completed a bachelor’s degree before the start of the internship to be considered for this position. Preference will be given to candidates currently in an academic program who have completed courses in costume and textiles history and with previous experience in a museum setting. As an intern, you will learn about collections care and long term preservation goals specific to costumes and textiles. In addition, handling, documenting, and researching objects while gaining greater knowledge and hands-on experience within a renowned encyclopedic collection of costume and textiles.

Learn more about the Costume and Textiles Internship .

Nestle USA Marketing Summer Associate Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Varies

The Marketing Summer Associate Internship is open to first-year MBA students. You must be enrolled in a program with emphasis in marketing, marketing communications or brand management, willing to relocate, be a self-starter and result-oriented to be considered for this internship.

Learn more about the Marketing Summer Associate Internship.

Exotic Feline Rescue Center Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen to Graduate Students, Year 2

The Exotic Feline Rescue Center Internship is open to students who want to further their education in animal care. You must be at least 18 years of age, be capable of lifting up to 60 pounds and be in good health. You must also be hardworking, dedicated and self-motivating to be eligible for this internship. Students majoring in animal-related fields are preferred, but it is not required. Interns will be involved in the daily care of about 186 big cats and have the opportunity to observe veterinary procedures. Internship duties also include involvement in: food preparation, feeding, cleaning, maintenance of the enclosures and grounds, construction, veterinary care, guest services and educational programs.

Learn more about the Exotic Feline Rescue Center Internship.

Hershey Foods Corporation Culinary & Pastry Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5

The Culinary and Pastry Internship is available to students majoring in culinary arts, pastry arts, or a related field. Intern duties may include assisting in banquet preparation, pastry preparation, and various other tasks.

Learn more information about the Hershey Foods Corporation Culinary & Pastry Internship .


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College scholarships aren’t just for people with high GPAs and great SAT scores. Some scholarship awarding organizations have decided to buck the trend of rewarding academic achievement, and instead offer scholarships based on unique talents, unorthodox interests, creativity, or just unusual circumstances. These scholarships range from simply unique, to quirky, to downright bizarre, but all of them are worth applying for if you meet the requirements, because any scholarships you get now will decrease your college payments in the long term.


You can scroll through this list, or use the links below to jump to a specific section.

Update: We’ve added 10 more weird and unique scholarships to our list! Check them out in our Honorable Mention section!

  • Jif Most Creative Sandwich Contest

    Jif Peanut Butter holds the Jif Most Creative Sandwich Contest as a fun way to award students preparing to attend college. The award includes a scholarship worth $25,000, as well as a Jif Peanut Butter Basket worth $50.

    Apply : Jif

  • The Wear Duck Tape to Prom Scholarship

    Duck Brand products holds an annual contest to see who can make the best Prom outfit from Duck Tape. The winners receive a $5,000 scholarship.

    Apply : ShurTech Brands, LLC

  • Zildjian’s 2013 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition

    The Kerope Zildjian Scholarship is designed for students pursuing a four-year degree at an accredited university and awards a $5000 scholarship. Applicants also win a trip to Zildjian’s world headquarters and win completmentary cymbals. In order to qualify, students must send an audio recording playing a complex snare or four-mallet marimba solo.

    Apply : Avedis Zildjian Company Inc

  • Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation Scholarships

    The Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation Scholarship is designed for golf caddies around the country. The Western Golf Association who oversees the Evans Scholar Foundation also runs three large golf tournaments.

    Apply : Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation

  • Gertrude J. Deppen Scholarship Fund

    The Gertrude J. Deppen Scholarship Fund is designed for students who do not habitually use tobacco, alcohol, narcotics, and are not involved in strenuous athletic contests. The applicant must have lived in Mount Caramel for 10 years and graduate from Mount Caramel Public High School as well.

    Apply : Bucknell University

  • AMIA Scholarship Program

    The AMIA Scholarship Program is for those planning on graduate school with majors in moving image studies, library or information science, archival administration, museum studies, or a related field. Selected students will then be awarded scholarships from Sony Pictures, Rick Chace Foundation, or Universal Studios.

    Apply : The Association of Moving Image Archives

  • American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program

    The American Fire Sprinkler Association has scholarships totalling $20,000 that are awarded to students who submit the required documents, including an essay on automatic fire sprinklers.

    Apply : American Fire Sprinkler Association

  • NCEA’s Esthetician Scholarship

    The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Assocations award a number of scholarships every year. The NCEA’s Esthetician Scholarship awards esthetician students a $1,000 incentive scholarship while attending esthetic school, but students must be currently enrolled and maintain at least 80% attendance and grade average.

    Apply : National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers / Distributors and Associations

  • Northern Tier Hardwood Association Community Forests Scholarship

    Only open to students in select Pennsylvania counties, the Northern Tier Hardwood Association Scholarship awards $500 to two high school students planning on pursuing a career in forest resources or a field in the wood industry.

    Apply : Northern Tier Hardwood Association

  • Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest

    For students with artistic flair, scrapbooking acumen, or a love for design, the Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship from The Gallery Collection is a great way to get $10,000 for college. Competitors must design the front of a greeting card to be designed for business and consumer use.

    Apply : The Gallery Collection

  • Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program

    The Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program is for students involved in the arts and awards five scholarships at $2000 each in areas of Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Students must submit an original piece, graduate high school in South Carolina, and go to college in South Carolina.

    Apply : South Carolina State Department of Education

  • North American International Auto Show High School Poster Contest

    The North American International Auto Show High School Poster Contest awards 16 students prizes of varying amounts, from as little as $100, to as much as $1000. The only stipulation is that a 25” x 21” poster must be submitted.

    Apply : North American International Auto Show, LLC

  • Associated Male Choruses of America Scholarship

    The Associated Male Choruses of America Scholarship awards candidates $1000-$1200 each for applicants enrolled in university music programs for the upcoming school year. Candidates must be sponsored by a member chorus of the Associated Male Choruses of America.

    Apply : Associated Male Choruses of America

  • Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship

    The Shaw-Worth Scholarship from the Humane Society of the United States awards $2,500 to selected high school seniors who have made significant contributions to animal protection over extended periods.

    Apply : Humane Society of the United States

  • International Dairy•Deli•Bakery Association Scholarships

    The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association awards special scholarships to college students working at an IDDBA-member company at least 13 hours a week. The requirements include majoring in a food-related field, such as culinary arts, baking/pastry arts, or food science.

    Apply : International Dairy•Deli•Bakery Association

  • AACT’s John Kitt Memorial Scholarship

    The American Association of Candy Technologists awards a $5000 scholarship over two installments to a recipient who is a college sophomore, junior, or senior that has a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology. Evidence must be presented in the form of research projects, work experience, or formal study.

    Apply : American Association of Candy Technologists

  • Frank J. Richter Scholarship Program

    The American Association of Railroad Superintendents is open to any student in the United States or Canada. The student must be a full-time college student and have at least a 2.75 Grade Point Average. The scholarship is awarded is $1000 and preference is given to applicants enrolled in the transportation field.

    Apply : American Association of Railroad Superintendents

  • Copyright Awareness Scholarship

    Scholarhips up to $5000 are awarded by the Music Publishers Association of the United States as part of their Copyright Awareness Scholarship. Students must submit a written essay, audio or video recording, or pictoral compilation expressing why they believe copyright is so important.

    Apply : Music Publishers Association

  • National Youth Education Summit

    The Friends of the NRA selects 45 outstanding high school sophomores and juniors from around the country to come to Washington D.C. for a week of educational seminars and activities stressing the importance of being active in civic affairs. Additionally, those selected for this Youth Education Summit then compete for a total of $30,000 in scholarships.

    Apply : Friends of NRA

  • Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Heineken Performing Arts Scholarship

    The CBC Spouses Heineken Performing Arts Scholarship is awarded to students interested in drama, dance, opera, marching bands, and other performing arts pursuits. Applicants must also meet the other requirements stipulated on the online application page.

    Apply: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

  • ATIA Foundation Scholarships

    The Alaska Travel Industry Association awards a number of scholarships each year to various students around Alaska, in communities of all sizes. The goal is to better invest in citizens to preserve the Alaskan tourism industry. Scholarships are awarded in increments from as little as $500 and as much as $3000.

    Apply: Alaska Travel Industry

  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarships

    The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo awards numerous scholarships with varying requirements and sizes. Some requirements include a minimum of a 19 on the ACT, be a resident of Texas, and plan to go to college in Texas at a not-for-profit school. Most of the awards are $18,000 four year scholarships.

    Apply : Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

  • C.A.T.S. Tall Club Scholarship Program

    The Central Arizona Tall Society gives a scholarship to a girl of at least 5’10” and a boy at least 6’2″ in an award of $250. The student must live in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

    Apply : Central Arizona Tall Society

  • Central Florida Orchid Society Scholarship

    The Central Florida Orchid Society awards an annual scholarship to students to encourage the pursuit of careers in Horticulture and the Agricultural and Life Sciences. The scholarship is $3000 and reside in a central Florida county.

    Apply : Central Florida Orchid Society

  • Boren Awards for International Studies

    The Boren Awards for International Study is awarded to students who wish to study abroad in areas typically underrepresented. The scholarships can be as large as $20,000 and are only for students attending school at an accredited university.

    Apply : Boren Awards for International Studies

  • General CIEE Grant + Scholarship

    The CIEE Study Abroad Scholarships award over $3 Million each eyar to help students with the cost of studying abroad. They require students to fill out a form entailing their special circumstances, write an essay, and also a summary of their current financial aid situation.

    Apply : CIEE Study Abroad

  • Nordstrom Scholarship Program

    The Nordstrom Cares Scholarship selects 80 students in states with a Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack store and awards them a $10,000 scholarship. The requirements include past volunteer service, community service, or extracurricular activities and a minimum of a 2.7 GPA. Recipients must also plan on applying for financial assistance in order to attend college.

    Apply : Nordstrom

  • Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship Award

    The Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference awards $2,000 to a student entering graduate school for costume design and/or costume technology. The student must submit a portfolio of ten samples and three to five references to be considered.

    Apply : Southeastern Theatre Conference

  • Davidson Fellows Scholarships

    The Davidson Fellows Scholarships are considered to be among the most prestegious and largest in the world. They award $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 to students who have completed a significant piece of work before 18 in areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, or “Outside the Box.”

    Apply : Davidson Institute for Talent Development

  • Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest.

    Stuttgart, Arkansas awards scholarships at the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. First place wins a scholarship of $2000, second place wins $1000, 3rd receives $750, and 4th receives $500.

    Apply : Stuttgart

  • IDC Scholarship Program

    The IDC Scholarship Program from Ocean Divers awards 4 students per 3 month period to take, for free, a number of scuba diver classes and then work on environmental conservation and reef identification.

    Apply : Ocean Divers

  • Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation

    The Corinna Jeannine Schillings Foundation awards scholarships to help students study abroad. An award of $1000 is issued to a Silver or Gold Girl Scout who plans to study abroad and maintains at least a 3.0 GPA.

    Apply : Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation

  • The Alexia Grants

    The Alexia Foundation grants scholarships to students to help produce picture stories that promote the foundation’s views of world peace and cultural understanding. The undergraduate winner recieves full tuition payment for a study abroad program, along with various funds for equipment and expenses.

    Apply : Alexia Foundation

  • ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

    The Entertainment Software Association Foundation Scholarship Program gives up to 30 scholarships annually, 15 to graduating high school seniors and 15 to current college students. The award is for up to $3000 and the applicant must be a woman or minority student pursing a degree and career in computer and video game arts with a minimum 2.75 GPA.

    Apply : Entertainment Software Association Foundation

  • The Fountainhead Essay Contest

    Ayn Rand Novels, a site specializing in the writings of author and philosopher Ayn Rand, has an annual essay contest awarding between $50 and $10,000 to over 200 students who write essays on chosen topics about Rand’s well known work, The Fountainhead. While not strictly a scholarship, these contests are only open to 11th and 12th grade students, and the winnings could provide a great headstart toward paying for college.

    Apply : Ayn Rand Novels

  • Rome Prize

    The American Academy in Rome Scholarship, titled the Rome Prize, is designed for students specializing in a variety of studies, such as Architecture, Visual Arts, Ancient Studies, and other areas. Each winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with a private bath, and a study or studio. The stipends are $15,000 for 6 months or $27,000 for 11 months.

    Apply : American Academy in Rome

  • United States Bowling Congress Scholarships

    The United States Bowling Congress offers scholarships to many young students who have shown a passion for bowling. Leagues and member organizations of the USBC offer scholarships as well, so anyone involved in USBC activities should look into the possibility of a college scholarship.

    Apply : United States Bowling Congress

  • Brett Ratner Tuition Grant

    The Brett Ratner Tuition Grant through the New York Film Academy offers 100 scholarships for grants of up to $15,000. Students must show evidence for need of financial assistance and a personal statement on why they would like to attend the New York Film Academy.

    Apply : New York Film Academy

  • Fund for Investigative Journalism Grants

    The Fund of Investigative Journalism meets almost quarterly to review grant applications for those wishing to pursue investigative endeavors focusing on domestic issues or issues focuses on the US government. Grants average $5000 and are issued in two parts, the latter when evidence of progress is submitted.

    Apply : Fund for Investigative Journalism

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

    The Institute of International Education awards the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to students who have received a Pell Grant for the term they are applying for as well. Students are also not allowed to study in countries with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.

    Apply : Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

  • Annual Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition

    The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society, based in Clarinda, Iowa, holds an annual scholarship competition in honor of Glenn Miller. The contest is in its 37th year and awards two scholarships of $4000, $2000, and $1000, each to a one vocalist and one instrumentalist. Audition CD’s or tapes must be submitted in order to qualify.

    Apply : Glenn Miller Birthplace Society

  • American Academy of Chefs Culinary Scholarships

    The American Culinary Federation awards culinary scholarships to high school students, college students, and professional chefs looking to further their education. Requirements vary based on the scholarship applied for, but a strong passion for culinary arts goes a long way.

    Apply : Aermican Culinary Federation

  • Robert J. Marriott’s Scholarship Grant

    The Robert J. Marriott Scholarship Grant from the International Federation of Fly Fishers awards $500 to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in biology or a similar field, such as fishery management.

    Apply : International Federation of Fly Fishers

  • Fashion Scholarship Fund Scholarships

    The Fashion Scholarship Fund awards numerous scholarships in honor of Geoffrey Beene, Jim Edleman, and others. Required application materials include a case study and personal statement.

    Apply : Fashion Scholarship Fund

  • $2,500 “Advice to Your High School Self” Scholarship

    Campus Discovery has a scholarship for $2,500 called the “Advice to Your High School Self” Scholarship. Students approaching graduation from college or recent college grads who finished an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree are eligible.

    Apply : Campus Discovery

  • James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Cancer Monthly has scholarships honoring James O’Connor, with over $10,000 in awards. All that is required is an essay on how Mr. O’Connor’s story of surviving 5 years longer than predicted is so inspiring and what you would do if faced with similar challenges.

    Apply : Cancer Monthly

  • NDS/DMI Milk Marketing Scholarship

    The National Dairy Shrine awards one $1500 and six $1000 scholarships to encourage undergraduates to pursue careers in dairy product marketing. Students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.

    Apply : National Dairy Shrine

  • Davis Law Group Scholar Athlete Program

    The Davis Law Group awards $100 scholarships to two high school seniors from January to March and then invites those students to enter a Sportsmanship Essay Contest for a chance to win an additional $1000 scholarship.

    Apply : Davis Law Group

  • Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship

    Theodore Gordon Flyfishers is a non-profit angling organization that promotes environmental protection, conservation, and various activities attached to activism and education. A Founders Fund Scholarship is awarded for $3,500 annually and the applicant must be planning on majoring in environmental studies, in areas such as biology, natural resource management, zoology, and other relevant fields.

    Apply : Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc.

  • Washington State Potato Foundation

    The Washington State Potato Foundation awards scholarships to students who live in either Washington of Oregon and plan on pursuing a two/four year degree, with preference given to those pursuing agriculture-related fields.

    Apply : Washington-Oregon Potato Conference

  • NPFDA Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

    The National Poultry & Food Distributors Association selects students from across the country for scholarships amounting to $1500-$2000. In order to qualify, students must be college juniors or seniors at a U.S. Institution and pursuing an agriculture-related field, along with letters of recommendation, a sealed transcript, and a one-page letter describing her or his goals and aspirations.

    Apply : National Poultry & Food Distributors Association

  • Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers

    The Geneseo Migrant Center runs a scholarship to support art scholarships for migrant farm workers. This was implemented by Berrien Fragos Thorn and many $500 scholarships are issued and semi-annually, a review is done for grants up to $2,500.

    Apply : National PASS Center

  • Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships

    The Poetry Foundation supports five $15,000 scholarships to young poets through a national competition also sponsored by The Poetry Foundation. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, no older than 31, and follow the guidelines on the website.

    Apply : Poetry Foundation

  • F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship

    The F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship is given preference to students in Northeastern Pennsylvania and aims to support artists with exceptional talent in the fine arts. The award is $15,000 and a detailed explanation must be given for how the funds will be used.

    Apply : Waverly Community House

  • Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage Scholarship

    The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage has awarded scholarships to students for over 25 years and students are awarded these scholarships based on personal performance and achievements.

    Apply : Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage

  • Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship

    Krylon, a company specializing in art products, awards five $1,000 Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarships. Additionally, each school will receive a gift package worth $500 of art products. Applicants must submit a portfolio of 3-6 images of artwork on CD.

    Apply : Krylon

  • Two Ten Footwear Foundation

    The Two Ten Footwear Foundation awards scholarships to over 400 students amounting to over $700,000. The scholarships come in various forms, such as those for footwear employees and also those who are studying footwear design in college.

    Apply : Two Ten Footwear Foundation

  • Screen Actors Guild Scholarship

    The Screen Actors Guild Foundation created the John L. Dales Scholarship Fund in 1973 and helps aid Screen Actors Guild members’ children with educational funds to attend college.

    Apply : Screen Actors Guild

  • Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award

    The ICDD has awarded 181 scholarships since 1991. It’s an award to support the education and research program of promising graduate students in crystallography-related fields.

    Apply : Ludo Frevel Crystallography

  • Chuck Allen Snowboard Scholarship Award

    The United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association has a Chuck Allen Snowboard Scholarship Award. The Scholarship is typically used for academic endeavors, but is also allowed to be used for club or organizational equipment.

    Apply : United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association

  • The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships

    The Vegetarian Resource Group has two $5,000 Scholarships that it gives out annually. Applications will be judged on students ability to demonstrate compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to world peace through a vegetarian lifestyle.

    Apply : The Vegetarian Resource Group

  • KODAK Student Scholarship Program

    The Kodak Student Scholarship Program gives a Student Cinematography and Student Scholarship Award each year to students who can demonstrate exceptional skills in the relevant field. Students can be awarded as much as $9,000.

    Apply : KODAK

  • Slam What You Will Scholarship

    PowerPoetry.org has a “Slam What You Will” Contest, which awards a $1,000 scholarship to the winner. Rules include becoming a member of the poetry community and submitting a poem.

    Apply : Power Poetry

  • DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship

    DutchCrafters founded The DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship in 2011 and each year provides five students with $500 scholarships over two disbursements of $250. Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and currently be a high school senior applying to college in the fall.

    Apply : DutchCrafters

  • The Astrid Thalheimer Memorial Vocal Scholarship

    The Astrid Thalheimer Memorial Vocal Scholarship, dedicated to the founder of The A Cappella Singers who established the group in 1963. The scholarship awards $500 to a woman preparing to graduate from high school and major in either vocal performance or music education with a concentration on vocals.

    Apply : The A Cappella Singers

  • American Water Ski Educational Foundation Water Ski Hall of Fame/ Museum Scholarships

    The American Water Ski Educational Foundation started awarding scholarships in 1983 to students currently enrolled in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college. Students must write an essay of 500 words, include two letters of reference, work/school records, along with community activities.

    Apply : American Water Ski Educational Foundation Water Ski Hall of Fame/ Museum

  • WJA Scholarships & Grants

    The Women’s Jewelery Association awards scholarships each year in amounts ranging from $500 to $7000. There are three separate categories students may qualify in and each applicant must submit an essay detailing why they believe they deserve the award.

    Apply : Women’s Jewelry Association

  • Oregon Space Grant Consortium Scholarship Program

    The Oregon NASA Space Consortium Scholarship Program gives $4000 scholarships to students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math. The intention is to promote the advancement of the space program while rewarding academic excellence.

    Apply : Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium

  • JBF Scholarships

    James Beard is remembered for his commitment to advancing culinary arts and the James Beard Foundation serves to carry on his legacy by awarding a large number of scholarships to students seeking careers in culinary arts, be it at a culinary institution or a university.

    Apply : James Beard Foundation

  • Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship

    The National Business Aviation Association established, in conjunction with Conklin & de Decker, the Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship, an annual $5000 award to an undergraduate student who is enrolled in an aviation management program.

    Apply : National Business Aviation Association

  • National Council of Destination Organizations Graduate Scholarship

    The Ronald H. Brown Memorial Scholarship awards a $3000 scholarship to a minority undergraduate who is focused on a career in the travel industry.

    Apply : U.S. Travel Association

  • George Bock Charitable Trust

    Little People of America focuses on awarding scholarships to students who have been diagnosed with dwarfism and are currently part of Little People of America. Additionally, scholarships are awarded to the children of those diagnosed with dwarfism and range from $250-$1000.

    Apply : Little People of America

  • Boyd N. Lyon Scholarship

    The Boyd N. Lyon Scholarship was founded by The Ocean Foundation in conjuction with The Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle Fund. It was designed for Masters or PhD students to apply and the award is $2500.

    Apply : The Ocean Foundation

  • The Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship

    The Parapsychology Foundation founded a scholarship in memory of Eileen J. Garrett and is for undergraduate and graduate students who are currently pursuing an academic path for a career in parapsychology. The scholarship is for $3000.

    Apply : Parapsychology Foundation, Inc.

  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Leadership Awards

    The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Wildlife Leadership Awards to juniors and seniors in college who have a proven record in leadership and a passion for wildlife conservation. The scholarship is for $2000 and includes a one-year membership to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

    Apply : Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

  • The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation

    Printing Industries of America began The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation in order to assist undergraduate women and men who are interested in graphic communication careers.

    Apply : Printing Industries of America

  • The David Letterman Scholarship

    Ball State University founded The David Letterman Scholarship in honor of late night television host David Letterman. It is designed for juniors in college who are currently majoring or minoring in telecommunications. The amount of each scholarship varies, based on the creativity the scholarship committee feels was achieved.

    Apply : Ball State University

  • American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship Program

    The American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship Program is for students currently enrolled in a four-year program at an accredited university in North America. The minimum grade point average is 3.0 for undergraduates and 3.2 for graduate students. The applicant must also currently be enrolled in enology or viticulture, or in a curriculum emphasizing a science basic to wine and the grape industry. Students recieve a quarterly or per-semester stipend.

    Apply : American Society for Enology and Viticulture

  • National Potato Council Scholarship

    The National Potato Council Scholarship awards a scholarship each year for $10,000 to a graduate student who is currently conducting research to benefit the potato industry.

    Apply : National Potato Council

  • Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation Scholarships

    The Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation was started in 1999 to support the next generation of Document Management and Graphic Communication Professionals. A minimum of 40 scholarships are available per year and are awarded in amounts ranging from $1000-$5000.

    Apply : Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation

  • Billy Welu Scholarship

    The Professional Bowlers Assocation awards The Billy Welu Scholarship annually to male and female bowlers whose extraordinary qualities, partnered with competing in bowling events, show that they are fantastic recipients of the $1,000.

    Apply : Professional Bowlers Association

  • Michael Jackson Scholarship

    The United Negro College Fund set up a Michael Jackson Scholarship to honor the late performer and it awards up to $4000 to students majoring in ther performing arts, English, or communications.

    Apply : United Negro College Fund, Inc.

  • American Quarterhorse Association Foundation Scholarships

    The American Quarterhorse Assocation Foundation Scholarships are awarded to students who have underlined academic achievement, financial need, and very importantly, involvement in the American Quarter Horse Foundation. The amount of the scholarship is announced annually.

    Apply : American Quarterhorse Association

  • CFJS Scholarship Program

    The Central Florida Jazz Society awards three scholarships per year, amounting to $3000. Students must submit a written recommendation, along with a recording of an improvised chorus.

    Apply : Central Florida Jazz Society

  • Students Rising Above

    The Julia Burke Foundation awards the Students Rising Above Scholarship to help low-income, first-generation students who need more than a tuition check to successfully graduate from college. SRA provides one-on-one advice, along with academic support to help students not be restrained by any financial setbacks.

    Apply : Julia Burke Foundation

  • The Kor Memorial Scholarship

    The Klingon Language Foundation awards students who are able to implement a creative use for the fictional Star Trek language of Klingon. Winners recieve a $500 scholarship.

    Apply : The Klingon Language Institute

  • Optimist International Scholarships

    The Optimist International Scholarships are earned by students who win essay contests on a number of topics, typically promoting self-worth and confidence in youth. Awards range from a medallion to $2500.

    Apply : Optimist International

  • Harlequin Floors’ Annual Dance Scholarship

    Each year, American Harlequin awards four $250 scholarships through the Harlequin Floors’ Dance Scholarship. The goal of the program is to promote better opportunities for dancers.

    Apply : American Harlequin

  • Design Sponge Scholarship

    Design Sponge’s Annual Scholarship aims to support the growing next generation of artists and designers through an implementation of up to $10,500 in scholarships.

    Apply : Design Sponge

  • Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation

    The Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation works with students with exemplary vocal talents to equip them with the resources needed to succeed as a professional vocalist.

    Apply : Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation

  • Wendy Jackson Hall Memorial Scholarship

    The Wendy Jackson Hall Memorial Scholarship commemorates beloved animator Wendy Jackson Hall and helps students who can demonstrate financial need, while simultaneously having been accepted into an arts program from an accredited university. The scholarship is a two-year, $10,000 award.

    Apply : Wendy Jackson Hall Memorial Scholarship

  • 2013 Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarships and Training Grants

    The Women Divers Hall of Fame has annual scholarships specifically for undergradate and gradate women who work in Marine Conservation. Graduate students receieve $2000 and undergrduate students recieve $1000.

    Apply : Women Divers Hall of Fame

  • AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students

    The American Institute of CPA’s Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students awards $5000 to undergraduate minority students currently on the academic course to become CPA’s.

    Apply : American Institute of CPAs

  • WSC Scholars Program

    The World Sport Chicago Scholars Program awards students $20,000 over their 4 years in college, in increments of $5000. The students must live in Chicago, attend school in Chicago, and have participated in summer Olympic or Paralympic events for two out of the last three years.

    Apply : World Sport Chicago

  • American Fence Association Scholarship

    The American Fence Association provides scholarships for the children of families in the fence industry. The student must have a minimum GPA of a 3.0, work or have parents who work in the fence industry, and have contributed 40 hours of documented community service over the past 4 years. The scholarship is for $1,500.

    Apply : American Fence Association

  • National Gay Pilots Association Scholarships

    The National Gay Pilots Association awards scholarships to members of the LGBT community who have a desire to pursue a flight education.

    Apply : National Gay Pilots Association

  • Foreclosure.com Scholarship Program

    Foreclosure.com holds an annual scholarship contest in which students are given a hypothetical scenario that they must write an essay detailing how they would navigate the particular situation.

    Apply : Foreclosure.com

  • P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund

    Each year P.E.O. awards an International Peace Scholarship to help women pursue graduate degrees in college. The scholarship is worth $10,000 and has particular restrictions barring early doctoral candidates from the award.

    Apply : P.E.O. Sisterhood

  • Alma S. Adams Scholarships

    Legacy for Health founded the Alma S. Adams Scholarships, named after the founding Legacy for Health Board Member of the same name. The scholarship awards $5000 to two individuals and the foundation typcially aims to award those students whose ethnicity or income status make them targeted by the tobacco industry disproportionately.

    Apply : Legacy for Health

  • National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Scholarships

    The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Scholarships and students must submit a film or video production they completed or a script if they’re writers. A short essay must be submitted, along with a statement of financial need, and the most recent transcript.

    Apply : National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

  • In our search, we discovered so many unique scholarship resources that we found it difficult to limit it to only a handful. We’ve gathered 10 more of the most unique scholarships imaginable. The additional resources we’ve researched offer more opportunities for students to apply for scholarships. College is expensive, so you shouldn’t limit your efforts in earning a scholarship to just a few places!

    1. Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship – The Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship gives students the opportunity to be creative with the latest trend: zombies. This application asks students to plan ahead for an apocalypse and to be creative with their survival skills. This is the perfect scholarship opportunity for those with active imaginations who take interest in scare-culture.
    2. Flavor of the Month Scholarship – The Flavor of the Month Scholarship provides students with a more light-hearted opportunity to be creative. Asking students to consider what ice cream flavor they would be, and why, allows for students to take an inward look at themselves and express themselves in a creative and fun way.
    3. Sally Beauty Supports Cosmetologists – Sally Beauty Supply is a cosmetology store that is now giving back to their community. Catering to those who wish to pursue a career in cosmetology, the beauty supply chain will be offering chances for students to write personal essays to be considered.
    4. Writers of the Future Contest/Illustrators of the Future Contest – The Writers and Illustrators of the Future scholarship opportunity is available for all those who have an imaginative mind. Asking students to showcase their talents in short novel and science-fiction writing, this scholarship opportunity is open to a wide range of applicants.
    5. Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda – Kirpalu is offering students who wish to pursue schooling in yoga the opportunity to apply for scholarships. Yoga scholarships are not common, so this is a unique opportunity for students to be able to pursue a passion that is often times not given the regard it deserves.
    6. SVC Foundation Scholarship – This interesting scholarship opportunity is concentrated on vacuum technology. This scholarship is ideal for individuals who have a passion for technical and mechanical assemblies of vacuums, which can also provide healpful experience in other fields in the future.
    7. The Usha Teacher Training Scholarship – Yoga is becoming increasingly popular in current society, yet it does not receive the proper funding. This scholarship opportunity provides students with a passion for yoga an opportunity to apply and be rewarded with the funds needed to attend comprehensive yoga training programs.
    8. TCI Scholarship Award – Are you tall? If your answer is ‘yes,” then this is the perfect scholarship for you. Catered to women and men who are above average height, this scholarship offers first-year college students, (under age 21) the opportunity to win money to help pay for school.
    9. Zinch $1000 Weekly Scholarship – Zinch is a resource that offers weekly scholarships to students. This is an excellent opportunity because it gives students multiple chances to win a scholarship. Though flexible, the opportunity is also challenging, offering students only 280 characters to answer the question of the week to win a scholarship.
    10. The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists – This scholarship opportunity is aimed at aiding students who have particular interest in photojournalism. Students can receive money for college, as well as technical supplies, should they be awarded the scholarship. It is the perfect opportunity for students who want to pursue a growing field, but do not necessarily have the monetary freedom to do so.

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