30 Crazy-Weird Scholarships

Elizabeth Hoyt

October 20, 2015

30 Crazy-Weird Scholarships

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

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!

Tall Clubs International Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: 2/15/16
Available to: College Freshmen; Maximum Age 21 Years

For students who are – quite literally – a cut above the rest.

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: 2/20/16
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 1 Awards of $10,000, 2 Awards of $5,000

A scholarship to reward your personal dietary decisions? Not bad at all.

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.

Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: 2/26/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5

Whether you’re an artist, have quick wit, a graphic artist or photographer (or some other creative type), this greeting card contest has the freedom to express yourself on your own terms! If you don’t like to be defined or placed inside of a box, read on, friend.

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.

Mystery Writers of America Scholarship for Mystery Writing

Award Amount: 2 Awards of $500
Deadline: 2/29/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5

Are you the next Arthur Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie? Here’s your opportunity to prove you belong in the world of mystery writing.

Provided by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), the Helen McCloy/ MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing is available to students who have talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

In addition to the application, you must submit a copy of official description of program printed by your institution/ sponsor of program, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation, and a short essay on your interest in mystery writing.

This scholarship is to be used to offset tuition and fees for U.S. workshops, seminars, or university/ college-level writing programs.

Learn more about the Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing.

American Board of Funeral Service Education – National Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/16
Available to: College Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500

There are even scholarships for those who feel that working with corpses is their calling. (We can all relate to this career choice on some level, after all, the living can get on everyone’s nerves!)

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.

Clowns of America International Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

If you’re always clowning around anyway, perhaps you should consider a new career and start getting paid for it.

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 – Post-Graduate Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/16
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

As long as you’re okay with a life filled with endless Six Feet Under references, this scholarship is definitely your jam!

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.

Illumination Scholarship

Award Amount: 2 Awards of $2,500
Deadline: 4/01/16
Available to: College Junior to Graduate Year 5

What better time to test out cool illumination tricks than on All Hallow’s Eve?

Provided by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, 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.

Alice Madden Barton Cosmetology School Scholarship

Deadline: 6/30/16
Available to: College Freshmen to College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

Embrace your inner Sweeney Todd – just the barber part, though. The rest is highly illegal and not recommend.

Sponsored by Great Clips, Inc., 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.

Mycological Society of America Graduate Research Prize

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

Mycology is the branch of biology that focuses of fungi – along with the dangers of poison and infection. Sounds like potion potential. Note to self: NEVER 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.

CKSF Scholarship Competition

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

Do you have an unusual amount of knowledge about trivial, random things that can be best described as everything and nothing in particular? If this sounds like you, perfect! Read on.

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.

Twin/Triplet Dorm Room Waiver

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

It’s funny how they make a point to say you don’t have to share a room together…because none of the twins and triplets who have shared rooms their entire lives would apply otherwise.

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.

LaFontaine Aquatic Entomology Award

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Juniors 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.

Bessemer Pumpkinfest Committee Annual Scholarship

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

What’s could be more Halloween-related than a Pumpkinfest?

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.

Alice McArver Ratchford Scholarship for What You Don’t Do

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

All we’ve ever wanted is to know how this award came to be. Is that too much to ask? It’s basically the ultimate scholarship for single women everywhere who don’t go anywhere.

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.

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000

Does duck calling fall under your dynasty? If so, this award is perfectly for you and your fowl friends.

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

FYI: This is not the only rodeo scholarship in Fastweb’s database. We have quite a few of them. All we have to say to that is yee-haw!

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.

Bonus: Weird Internship!

Holography Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen 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.

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