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The Weirdest Scholarships

The Weirdest Scholarships

Here’s to all you awesome freaks and geeks – we’ve found these scholarships, just for you!

Elizabeth Hoyt

October 17, 2014

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 one!

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

This Halloween, let’s celebrate weird with scholarships!

Horror Writers Association Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,500

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Available to: High School Freshman to Graduate Year 5

Are you the next great horror novelist?

The Horror Writers Association Scholarship is open to members in good standing of the Horror Writers Association.

You must submit up to four samples of your horror writing, a brief statement as to why you deserve the award and demonstrate financial need in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Horror Writers Association Scholarship.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,500

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Available to: High School Freshman to Graduate Year 5

If Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is your favorite book, look no further.

The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship is open to female members in good standing of the Horror Writers Association.

You must submit up to four samples of your horror writing, a brief statement as to why you deserve the award and demonstrate financial need in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship.

Corrosion In Motion Student Competition

Award Amount: $3,000

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Available to: High School Freshman to Graduate Year 5

Get creative with a corrosion essay! (That’s one sentence we’ve never written before.)

The Corrosion In Motion Student Competition is open to full-time high school and college students.

To enter, you must explain, in a four-minute video, how a structure can be impacted by corrosion, taking into account the material, composition of the structure, as well as the environment where it is located.

Submissions can be serious or humorous, but should be thoughtful, creative and original.

Learn more about the Corrosion In Motion Student Competition.

Alice Madden Barton Cosmetology School Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Available to: College Freshman to College Senior

Embrace your inner Sweeney Todd – just the barber part, though.

The Alice Madden Barton Cosmetology School Scholarship is available to students pursuing a career in cosmetology or barbering.

To be considered, you must submit a short essay describing why cosmetology interests you.

Learn more about the Alice Madden Barton Cosmetology School Scholarship.

Rolex Scholarship

Award Amount: $25,000

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5

If finding sunken ships and treasure is your ultimate dream, this may be your scholarship gem.

The Rolex Scholarship is available to students who are between the ages of 21 and 26. You must not have earned a graduate degree and have not yet chosen a clearly defined career path in order to be considered for this award.

Certification as a Rescue Diver or equivalent with a minimum of 25 dives within the past two years is also required.

Learn more about the Rolex Scholarship.

Zolp Scholarship – Loyola University

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 1, 2015

Available to: College Freshman to College Senior

Calling all Zolps! Actually, not really. Calling some Zolps!

The Zolp Scholarship is available to students accepted to Loyola University Chicago. You must be Catholic and your legal last name must be Zolp.

Proof of name is required on a birth certificate and baptismal or confirmation certificates.

These are endowed scholarships and the amount awarded is dependent upon the number of individual recipients each year.

Learn more about the Zolp Scholarship – Loyola University.

Proton OnSite Scholarship

Award Amount: $100,000

Deadline: February 13, 2015

Available to: High School Seniors

Who wants to become a mad scientist? Or, a happy scientist?

The Proton OnSite Scholarship is available to currently enrolled high school seniors.

You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and be planning to major in a science or technology related field to qualify for this award.

Selection will also be based on academic performance, leadership qualities, work ethic and financial need.

Learn more about the Proton OnSite Scholarship.

Tall Clubs International Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000

Deadline: February 15, 2015

Available to: College Freshman

For students a cut above the rest – literally.

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.

American Board of Funeral Service Education National Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,500

Deadline: March 1, 2015

Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5

There are even scholarships for those who feel the study of death is their calling.

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.

American Board of Funeral Service Education Post-Graduate Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 1, 2015

Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5

Obtaining a graduate degree in studies related to death? At least it’s probably a pretty quiet work environment.

The American Board of Funeral Service Education Post-Graduate Scholarship is open to graduate students actively employed as faculty members of a program in funeral service or mortuary science education accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.

Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation, resume, proof of enrollment in a graduate program and demonstrate U.S. citizenship to apply.

Learn more about the American Board of Funeral Service Education Post-Graduate Scholarship.

American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 1, 2015

Available to: College Junior through College Senior

Halloween is a time to eat, drink and be scary. This scholarship can help you fulfill one of those tasks.

The American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in enology, viticulture, or a curriculum emphasizing a science basic to the wine and grape industry.

Undergraduate students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and graduate students must have a minimum 3.2 GPA to be considered for this award.

A letter of intent as it relates to a future career in the wine or grade industry and two letters of recommendation are also required.

Learn more about the American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship.

Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,500

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Available to: College Junior to Graduate Year 5

What better time for illumination than on All Hallow’s Eve?

The Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarship is available full- time to juniors, seniors and graduate students attending a four-year college in Northern California, Nevada, Oregon or Washington State.

You must be pursuing a career in illumination to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarship.

National Costumers Association Memorial Fund Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

Embrace Halloween and the art of costume all year long!

The National Costumers Association Memorial Fund Scholarship is available to students with an interest in the costume industry.

You must have a minimum GPA of 2.75, be at least 17 years of age and be enrolled in a course of study that applies to the costume industry in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the National Costumers Association Memorial Fund Scholarship.

National Dairy Shrine/Dairy Management, Inc. Milk Marketing Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,500

Deadline: April 15, 2015

Available to: College Sophomore through College Senior

Can we just say milk chocolate? Yum.

The National Dairy Shrine/ Dairy Management, Inc. Milk Marketing Scholarship is available to sophomore, junior, and senior students planning to pursue a career in dairy product marketing.

You must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the National Dairy Shrine/Dairy Management, Inc. Milk Marketing Scholarship.

Asparagus Club Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,500

Deadline: April 30, 2015

Available to: College Junior through Graduate Students, Year 5

For those with a passion for…asparagus?

The Asparagus Club Scholarship is available to rising full-time juniors, seniors and graduate students.

You must be majoring in business, food management or a relevant field to the grocery industry in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Asparagus Club Scholarship.

Parapsychological Association Research Endowment

Award Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 30, 2015

Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5

Intrigued by paranormal activity and other supernatural phenomena? Good thing there’s a scholarship for everything and everyone.

The Parapsychological Association Research Endowment is open to students who are engaging in parapsychological research and are looking to contribute to the scientific understanding of parapsychological phenomena.

You must submit a brief, formal proposal of no more than 3,000 words on your chosen topic of study in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Parapsychological Association Research Endowment.

Gilbert Roller Fund

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 30, 2015

Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5

Why study plain old science when you can focus on the supernatural? It sounds exciting – and a little bit scary. Then again, that could be the Halloween season talking.

The Gilbert Roller Fund is open to students who are engaging in parapsychological research and are looking to contribute to the scientific understanding of parapsychological phenomena.

You must submit a brief, formal proposal of no more than 3,000 words on your chosen topic of study in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Gilbert Roller Fund.

National Potato Council Graduate Student Scholarship

Award Amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 30, 2015

Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5

Everyone loves a good potato, potato chip and a variety of other potato products. If that’s your passion, this one’s for you.

The National Potato Council Graduate Student Scholarship is open to graduate students pursuing advanced studies which enhance the potato industry.

Your selection is based on academic achievement, leadership abilities and potato-related areas of graduate study.

Learn more about the National Potato Council Graduate Student Scholarship.

Swann Foundation Fellowship

Award Amount: $15,000

Deadline: February 15, 2016

Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5

Everyone gets silly on Halloween – be the person that inspires it all.

The Swann Foundation Fellowship is available to graduate students who are conducting scholarly research and writing projects in the field of caricature and cartoon.

To be eligible, you must be a candidate for an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in a university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico and be working toward the completion of a dissertation or thesis for that degree, or be engaged in postgraduate research within three years of receiving an M.A. or Ph.D.

Learn more about the Swann Foundation Fellowship.

CKSF Scholarship Competition

Award Amount: $2,500

Deadline: Varies

Available to: High School Freshman to Graduate Year 5

Do you have an unusual amount of knowledge about everything and nothing in particular?

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.

Mycological Society of America Graduate Research Prize

Award Amount: $100

Deadline: Varies

Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5

Mycology is the branch of biology that focuses of fungi – along with the dangers of poison and infection. Sounds like potion potential – don’t make enemies with someone studying mycology.

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.

Southeastern Turfgrass Conference Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Available to: College Sophomores

Do you think students majoring in turf management are constantly tormented by “grass is always greener” scenarios? That sounds rough.

The Southeastern Turfgrass Conference Scholarship is open to sophomores at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

You must be majoring in golf turf management, commercial turf management, golf club management, or landscape design and grounds management (with emphasis in golf course landscaping) and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Southeastern Turfgrass Conference Scholarship.

Holography Internship

Deadline: Rolling

Available to: College Freshman to College Senior

Holograms, light effects and laser beams, oh my!

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.

LaFontaine Aquatic Entomology Award

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Rolling

Available to: College Junior through Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5

Entomology is the scientific study of insects. If you can’t get enough of spiders and other creepy crawlers, more power to you!

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.


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