There are hundreds of different types of scholarships available to students seeking financial aid for their college education. Students should seek out and apply for as many scholarships as possible to help pay for tuition and other costs associated with school. Here is a group of lesser known scholarships and grants that may seem silly, but can provide from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars in aid. Applicants need to be sure to verify all eligibility requirements and the criteria needed to obtain them before contacting each scholarship source. Some of these awards have been offered in the past, but may not be currently available.
Approximately 10% of the people in the US are left handed and there is one scholarship designated especially for them. Juniata College in Huntingdon PA offers this award to left handers in their sophomore, junior, or senior year. The Frederick and Mary F Beckley Scholarship was created in 1979 and offers $1000 to $1500 to students at Juniata. Check the availability and other requirements for this award.
LPA is a non profit organization that offers three scholarships per year ranging from $250 to $1000. Two awards are for undergraduates and one is for graduate studies. LPA offers aid to members of LPA, immediate family of members, and lastly people suffering from dwarfism who are not LPA members, in that order. Membership is generally offered to people under 4’10” or those with dwarfism.
Tall Clubs International offers a $1,000 scholarship for tall people. Requirements include women who are at least 5’10″ and men who are at least 6’2″. Additionally a TCI member must recommend you as a candidate. Be sure to check other requirements. Individual chapters may also offer aid. Candidates must be under 21 years old and plan to attend college in the fall.
For the creative student couple there is the Duct Tape Stuck at the Prom contest. It is open to students age 14 and above who are attending a prom as a couple. People under 18 will have to have parental authorization. Your prom outfit needs to be made from, or accessorized with duct tape. There are 10 awards of varying amounts for those voted the best. The contest is open from mid March and closes in mid June. Be sure to verify all contest details and requirements.
This is a $10,000 award from Random House based on creative writing of the themes from Dr. Suess’ book Oh, the Places You’ll Go. It is open to 12th graders age 21 or under. Entries must be type written and not longer than 200 words. The contest closes in January and the award is made in early May.
The Make It Yourself with Wool competition offers $1000 and $2000 scholarships to Junior and Seniors that win the at the national level. Students must compete in their own state first. Judging is based on appropriateness to the contestant’s lifestyle, coordination of fabric/yarn with garment style and design, contestant’s presentation, and creativity. Be sure to verify all competition rules. Additional information can be obtained by sending a stamped, self addressed envelope with your questions to Marie Lehfeldt Box 175 Lavina MT 59046 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Television personality David Letterman created a scholarship at his alma mater, Ball State University in Indiana. There are three awards available to juniors or seniors majoring or minoring in telecommunications. There is a $10,000, a $5000, and a $3,333 scholarship award given to “average” students based on a creativity project. Judging is done by the TCOM faculty and the application deadline is in early March.
The Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Award is open to graduating high school senior scholar athletes. Nominees must demonstrate excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and community service. Additionally nominees must have at least a 3.20 GPA, participate in a high school or club sport, and be 18 years of age. The award is for four year colleges and universities. Trade, vocational, and community colleges are not eligible. There are 25 awards of $7500 each designated by regional contests. Winners lists and photos of winning milk mustaches are available on bodybymilk.com. Contest closes early to mid March.
The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest awards a $2,000 scholarship to the winner. The first runner-up receives a $1000 scholarship, the second runner-up receives a $750 scholarship and the third runner-up receives a $500 scholarship. The contest is open to any high school senior in the United States. Contestants have 90 seconds to use four calls (hail, feed, comeback and mating). The contest has been held yearly usually in November since 1974 in Stuttgart Ark. Registration for the contest is through the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce.
The Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship is a full tuition and housing college scholarship for golf caddies that is renewable for up to four years. More than 840 caddies each year attend college with scholarships and housing grants from Evans Scholars Foundation. Applicants must have caddied regularly and successfully for two years, completed their junior year of high school with above a B average, established a need for assistance, and be outstanding in character and leadership. Caddies are nominated by their club.
Another caddie scholarship offered is the Francis Ouimet Caddie Scholarship. It is a renewable need and merit based award ranging from $1500 to $7500 per year that over a four year period could be as much as $10,000 to $20,000. Applicants must have completed two years work as caddies, pro shop employees, or course superintendent operations employees in Massachusetts.
For those students who speak Klingon or maybe Elvish or any other constructed language, this might be the scholarship for you. A $500 award is given each year to an undergraduate or graduate scholar by the KLI. Nominations are made by department head or deans for students in a program leading to a degree in a field of language study. Although speaking Klingon is not required, creativity and innovation are preferred. Be sure to check all of the requirements and criteria.
The Starfleet Academy awards scholarships in the amount of $500 to active Starfleet members. Applicants must be members in good standing with Starfleet and must have been so, for at least one year on 30 June of the year applying. Scholarships have been awarded since 1990 based on the number of applicants and available funds.
This need-based scholarship is awarded annually to a female student in the DePauw School of Music who is, “of good character and interested in constructive activities in addition to music” and be able to sing the national anthem with sincerity. Created in 1973 it has been awarded each year since.
This is a non-renewable scholarship offered to employees or dependents of Tupperware employees who have worked for one year prior to Jan 1 of the year the award is made. Minimum amount is $1000. Applicants must be seniors in high school, have a cumulative GPA of 2.0, and demonstrate financial need.
This is an essay contest scholarship for Pagans and Wiccans. A 1000 to 2000 word essay is required to receive either the $500 first place, or $250 second place Karma Award. Additionally there is a $400 and $200 Community Award given to the winners of the 500 word essay. Check for availability and additional requirements.
There are four of these scholarship awards that range from $1000 to $5000. The requirements include at least a 2.5 GPA, applicants must be a graduating high school senior, and you must submit an essay. Be sure to check all the criteria and availability. This award has been temporarily suspended as of April 2011.
Although this is not a scholarship per se, the aspiring writer could certainly use the contest winnings to further their formal education. Prizes are awarded every three months in the amount of $1000, $750, and $500 with an additional prize given annually of $5000. This contest is open to all non professionally published writers and the author retains the rights. Be sure to check all rules and requirements.
Also available from the same source is the Illustrators of the Future contest. The award is $1500 given out quarterly with one annual prize of $5000. This contest is also open to artists who have not been professionally published more than three times for black and white illustrations or one process color painting. Check the rules and requirements.
Carnegie Mellon University offers the Lewis W. Davidson $7000 per year scholarship to those musicians majoring in bagpiping. The practice area for the bagpipers is in a separate building in a sound proof basement studio. Apply to CMU Music School
Also at Lyon College in Arkansas there are the Scottish Heritage scholarships that can be used for bagpipe playing, piping, and drumming as well as other Scottish subjects.
For those who are vegetarians the VGR offers two $5000 scholarships to graduating U.S. high school students. An essay is required to obtain this aid and the applicant is judged on showing compassion and commitment to a peaceful world through vegetarian lifestyle. Check for other details and criteria for this scholarship. Deadline for submissions is Feb 20. More information is available on the VRG website.
The John Kitt Memorial scholarship is available to students that are sophomores, juniors, or seniors in college that have a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA at an accredited college in North America. Applicants must be majoring in food science, chemical science, biological science or a related field. The award is $5000 paid in two $2500 parts after verification of enrollment. Application deadline is April 16.
The United States Bowling Congress offers over $6 million a year in scholarship funds. There are dozens of awards given out by various bowling associations, tournaments, and bowling centers. These scholarships are managed through SMART (Scholarship Management and Accounting Reports for Tenpins). The SMART website has a huge listing of awards by state, by tournament, and by the colleges that offer bowling scholarships. Be sure to check all rules and regulations regarding these funds.
Animal conservationists can take advantage of the Dannie Jasmine Scholarship to the Univ. of Nevada Reno. It is a $500 award for the Dept. of Environmental and Resource Sciences. You will need a letter of recommendation from a member of the UNR faculty. Applications close in June and the award is made for the fall term.
For the parapsychology student, the Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship has been designed for you. This is a $3000 award to an accredited school. Applicants will need three letters of recommendation and must have shown a previous interest in the field. Deadline for applications is Mid July and the award is made in Aug. Check for further criteria.
This llama association funds the Kathy Larson Memorial Scholarship to Michigan State University for students interested in raising or working with llamas. This $500 award is determined by available funds and may not be offered each year. You will need to be an MLA member or the child of an MLA member and have a minimum 2.7 GPA.
The potato industry has a $5000 scholarship for those graduate students in the field of agribusiness related to potatoes. Candidates are selected based on academics, and leadership in the potato field.
This is a $500 award offered by the OP Loftbed company. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or trade school and be able to provide proof of enrollment. Be sure to check the rules regarding this award.
The NAAFA organization is offering a $1000 scholarship award to students in the fashion design industry. The idea is to create designs for the plus sized people. Applicants must be enrolled in a Fashion Design School and the winner gets to participate in the National NAAFA Fashion Show. Check for other rules and requirements to apply. Deadline is early June.
The AFSA offers several scholarships including ten $2000 awards and five $1000 second chance awards. These contests require the applicant to read the online essay and then take a multiple choice test. Yes, its open book. For each question answered correctly the student gets one entry into the drawing for the awards. There are several other rules related to this scholarship so be sure to verify your eligibility. Deadline is in early to mid April.
Tupelo Mississippi, the birthplace of Elvis Presley sponsors the Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club scholarship. This award is open to all Mississippi high school seniors. This music scholarship is narrowed down to three candidates who must perform “live” for the club and the winner is announced at the Ice House in Tupelo. Email for more info
The naturist lifestyle offers scholarships from $500 to $2000. Some of them require the candidate to have been in a nudist organization for three years, while other awards just require an essay and membership in an organization. These are the bare facts, so be sure to check for availability and further criteria.
The Inventors Hall of Fame sponsors a contest each year for college students, either working alone or as a team to create a new invention. There are two awards, $15,000 for graduate students and $10,000 for undergraduate students. The work must be original and there are quite a few requirements and protocols that must be observed. Be sure to thoroughly review the criteria.
Although the famous author J D Salinger (Catcher in the Rye) never did graduate from Ursinus College, if his unusual talent had been recognized he probably would have. The winner of this $30,000 renewable four year scholarship also has the unique opportunity to spend their first year in the very room that Salinger had as a student. Get out your quills and pen a poem, fictional work, or some combination of creative writing and submit it. Students must be able to meet the enrollment criteria for Ursinus College to apply. Deadline is mid Jan.
The Ayn Rand Institute sponsors five contests whose funds can be used for college money. The Anthem contest for 8th,9th and 19th graders, the Fountainhead Contest for 11th and 12th graders, the We the Living contest for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, the Former Participants contest for 11th grade to adult, and the Atlas Shrugged contest for graduating seniors and college students are the essay contests offered. The criteria for entry into each of these is different, so be sure to verify all the rules before entering. Also be sure to check the deadlines as they are different for each of the awards.
For the pool shooters at the Univ. of Akron, Barry Lefkowitz, a former U of A champ, sponsors two tournaments each year providing scholarship funds. An 8-ball tourney in Nov. and a 9-ball tourney in March provide three awards, a $1000, $500, and $250 to the university. There is no entry fee, but participants must be a current U of A enrollee. Chalk up a scholarship for yourself.
If you are a good mibster (marble shooter) you could possibly win a scholarship or other prizes at the National Marbles Tournament. This tourney has been held in various locations since 1922. The amount of the award has not been disclosed, but entry info and other qualifications can be obtained by emailing the committee.
Here is a $1500 scholarship award from the Sheep Heritage Foundation given to graduate students involved with sheep. Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation, proof of graduate school acceptance, and be studying in the fields of sheep or wool research, animal science, veterinary science, or agriculture science.
You do not need to be dead to qualify for these awards, but taking care of the dead as a final act of life is vital. In the field of mortuary science, The Leo A. Hodroff scholarship award is given at the Univ. of Minnesota. The student who receives this award will be given up to two years of funding for his major and baccalaureate degree in this field. It is available to qualified applicants to assist in their junior and senior years. At the end of the two year period a new Leo A. Hodroff Scholar will be selected.
Also in the field of mortuary science is an award by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Created in the 1960’s this scholarship ranges from $500 to $2500 for a year. The board meets twice a year and the deadline is March 1 or Sept 1.
Strategic Name Development is offering a $2500 scholarship for students who come up with new brand names for products. Applicants must submit five names in a 1000 word essay, have a 3.0 GPA, attend a U.S. college as an undergraduate in Linguistics, English, Marketing, or Mass Communication, and cannot be an employee of Strategic Name Development. Check for further criteria. Deadline is mid Aug.