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Silly, Fun & Unique Scholarships

Silly, Fun & Unique Scholarships

Don't get serious! Get scholarships, instead!

Elizabeth Hoyt

March 05, 2014

Weird. Wacky. Outlandish. Some of the most ridiculous things in life are what you take notice of.

The same goes with scholarships. Some of the best are also some of the silliest. This is exactly why they’re worth celebrating.

Here are some of Fastweb’s all-time favorite take-notice scholarships. These fall under the silly, outlandish and how’d-they-come-up-with-that? category of scholarship opportunities that may make you think or, perhaps, look twice.

But, at the end of the day, a scholarship is a scholarship!

To help better organize your scholarship search, please note that the following silly scholarships are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of the list. As deadlines pass, opportunities will be refreshed as often as possible.

National Dairy Shrine
Dairy Student Recognition Program

Deadline: 4/15/14
Available To: College Senior
Award: Varies

The Dairy Student Recognition Program is open to college seniors pursuing a career related to dairy (production agriculture, manufacturing, marketing, agricultural law, business, veterinary medicine and environmental sciences).

Selection is based on leadership skills, academic ability and interest in dairy cattle.

Get more information on the Dairy Student Recognition Program.

American Association of Candy Technologists
John Kitt Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: 4/18/14
Available To: College Freshman to College Sophomore
Award: $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.

Get more information on the AACT John Kitt Memorial Scholarship.

Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship

Deadline: 5/1/14
Available To: College Freshman to Graduate Year 5
Award: $1,000

The Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship is available to entering and current college students.

To be considered, you must submit of picture of something cool that you made out of used printer ink cartridges, laser toner, or your old printer.

You may also apply by submitting a message via social media about recycling and / or how you reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Get more information on the Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship.

Wolf Camp Cooperative Merit Scholarship

Deadline: 5/3/14
Available To: Maximum Age 17
Award: $175

The Merit Scholarship is available to youth participants at Wolf Camp Cooperative.

You must submit nature journal entries you produced between September and May to qualify for this award.

The journal entries may be written or videotaped and may focus on a particular species found in your local area or on a skill of primitive artisanry.

Get more information on the Wolf Camp Cooperative Merit Scholarship.

Duck Tape “Stuck at Prom” Contest

Deadline: 5/23/14
Available To: Ages 14-18
Award: $5,000

The Duck Tape “Stuck at Prom” Contest is open to students, age 14 years or older, who are attending a high school prom in the spring of 2014.

You must be a legal resident of the United States or Canada, including the District of Columbia, but excluding Puerto Rico and the Province of Quebec.

You must enter as a couple (two individuals) and attend a high school prom wearing complete attire and/ or accessories made from duct tape.

Each couple must submit a high resolution color photograph of the two of you together in prom attire.

The awards for this contest range from a first place prize of a $5,000, a 2nd place prize of $3,000, a third place prize of $2,000, and $500 to the runners up.

The schools that host the proms of winning couples will also receive a cash prize.

Get more information on the Duck Tape “Stuck at Prom” Contest.

Klingon Language Institute
Kor Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: 6/1/14
Available To: College Freshman to Graduate Year 3
Award: $500

Provided by the Klingon Language Institute, the Kor Memorial Scholarship is available to current undergraduate and graduate students. You must be pursuing a degree in language studies to be eligible for this award.

Familiarity with Klingon is not required, however creative and innovative applicants are preferred.

Get more information on the Kor Memorial Scholarship.

ProofreadingServices.com Writing Scholarship

Deadline: 6/1/14
Available To: College Freshman to Graduate Year 5
Award: $500

The ProofreadingServices.com Writing Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

To be considered, you must submit a 750- to 2,000-word essay based on the following prompt:

“Make a bold prediction about something in the year 2025 that, to the best of your knowledge, no one else has made a prediction about. Convince us this will come true.”

A minimum 3.2 GPA is also required.

Get more information on the ProofreadingServices.com Writing Scholarship.

Collegiate Inventors Competition

Deadline: 6/13/14
Available To: College Freshman to Graduate Year 5
Award: $15,000

The Collegiate Inventors Competition is open to students who have been enrolled full time in any U.S. or Canadian college or university over the past 12 months.

You must submit an original idea, process or technology that will be judged on originality and inventiveness, as well as on its potential value to society (socially, environmentally, and economically), and on its range or scope of use.

Up to four students may work together as a team.

However, only one prize will be awarded per entry.

Get more information on the Collegiate Inventors Competition.

“Hit the Books” Scholarship

Deadline: 9/30/14
Available To: Ages 18-25
Award: $500

The “Hit the Books” Scholarship is available to students between the ages of 18 and 25.

To be considered, you must submit a maximum 500-word essay on the importance of education in your life and how the scholarship money will assist you in achieving your goals.

Bonus points will be awarded to students who find a creative way to include their passion for coffee within their essay without losing sight of the primary topic.

Get more information on the “Hit the Books” Scholarship.

United States Bowling Congress
Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: 12/1/14
Available To: High School Senior to College Senior
Award: $5,000

The Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors and currently-enrolled college students.

You must be a member of the United States Bowling Congress in good standing and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Selection will also be based on demonstrated financial need, community involvement and academic achievement.

Get more information on the USBC Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship.

Union Internationale de la Marionnette-USA Scholarship

Deadline: 12/1/14
Available To: College Freshman to Graduate Year 5
Award: $700

The Union Internationale de la Marionnette (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.

Get more information on the UNIMA-USA Scholarship.

Haiku Society of America
Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition

Deadline: Varies
Available To: Grades 7 through 12
Award: Varies

Provided by the Haiku Society of America, the Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition is available to students in grades 7 through 12.

You must submit up to three original haiku poems to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition.


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