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Unique, Silly & Fun Scholarships

Unique, Silly & Fun Scholarships

Don't get serious! Get scholarships, instead!

Elizabeth Hoyt

March 09, 2015

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, weirdest, oddball awards that often get a “I can get an award for what?!” type of reaction. 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. They make you wonder exactly who is applying for these scholarships and how on earth can you meet them?

But, at the end of the day, a scholarship is a scholarship! And these are nothing short of awesome.

You never know, one of the following awards could be perfect for you! If so, you are our hero.

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.

Asparagus Club Scholarship

Deadline: 4/30/15
Available To: College Juniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

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.

Does anyone else feel mislead because there isn’t an actual “Asparagus Club?” Disappointed doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Get more information on the Asparagus Club Scholarship.

Wolf Camp Cooperative Merit Scholarship

Deadline: 5/5/15
Available To: Maximum Age 17 Years
Award Amount: $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.

Hopefully, you saved those journals. If not, happy camping (again)!

Get more information on the Wolf Camp Cooperative Merit Scholarship.

National Opera Association Scholarly Paper Competition

Deadline: 5/30/15
Available To: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The National Opera Association Scholarly Paper Competition is open to any author interested in operatic subjects.

The original paper should explore an operatic subject, present significant research and conclusions, be no more than 3000 words and include adequate scholarly documentation.

You are allowed to submit only one paper.

The judges will consider the clarity and quality of your writing and your ability to shed new light on whichever operatic topic you choose.

The winning paper will be published in The Opera Journal.

The description clearly states, “open to any author.” Anyone can write about opera – why not you?

Get more information on the National Opera Association Scholarly Paper Competition.

Duck Tape “Stuck at Prom” Contest

Deadline: 6/01/15
Available To: Ages 14-18
Award Amount: $10,000

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 2015.

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 $10,000, a 2nd place prize of $5,000, a third place prize of $3,000, and $500 to the runners up.

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

The search for prom attire is over. Get crafty and, remember, duct tape comes in an array of colors and patterns now!

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

ProofreadingServices.com Writing Scholarship

Deadline: 6/1/15
Available To: High School Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $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: “Write about a defining moment in your life in the style of your favorite children’s author.”

A minimum 3.2 GPA is also required.

Now channeling Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Shel Silverstein, R.L. Stine and Judy Blume.

Get more information on the ProofreadingServices.com Writing Scholarship.

Parapsychological Association Research Endowment

Deadline: 6/30/15
Available To: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000

Provided by the Parapsychological Association, 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.

Anyone who qualifies probably doesn’t need any help with this award because they can already predict what the providers want them to say.

Get more information on the Parapsychological Association Research Endowment.

New Look Laser Tattoo Removal Scholarship

Deadline: 6/30/15
Available To: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The New Look Laser Tattoo Removal Scholarship is available to students enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university.

On a website, blog, or online forum; you must write a 200- to 400- word post that expresses your opinion of the societal impact of laser tattoo removal.

If you don’t have a personal opinion on this, ask your great aunt. We’re guessing she has an opinion on everything.

You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the New Look Laser Tattoo Removal Scholarship.

“Hit the Books” Scholarship

Deadline: 6/30/15
Available To: Ages 18-25
Award Amount: $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.

They threw a wrench in there to see if you were paying attention. Little did they know, we’d put it in bold for your benefit. We’ve got your back – those tricksters can’t fool us!

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

Parapsychological Phenomena Research Scholarship – Gilbert Roller Fund

Deadline: 6/30/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

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.

Just out of curiosity, how does a student prove they are engaging in the parapsychological activity?

Learn more about the Gilbert Roller Fund.

National Potato Council Scholarship

Deadline: 6/30/15
Available To: Graduate Students, Year 1 though Year 5
Award Amount: $10,000

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.

Does eating potatoes on the regular count as enhancing the industry? We also have extensive notes.

Get more information on the National Potato Council Graduate Student Scholarship.

Student Services Rodeo Scholarship

Deadline: 7/01/15
Available To:College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Student Services Rodeo Scholarship is open to students at Tarleton State University.

You must be involved in rodeo activities to qualify for this award. Selection will be based on performance.

Just so we’re clear, by “performance,” we’re talking rodeo performance, right?

Get more information on the Student Services Rodeo Scholarship.

The SweatBlock “Social Confidence” Scholarship

Deadline: 7/15/15
Available To:College Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000

The SweatBlock “Social Confidence” Scholarship available to any students of any degree seeking category.

You must be a US citizen, submit an essay between 500 and 1,000 words long and must fully answer one of the following questions to be eligible for this award.

Essay Topics to Choose From:

1. How might excessive perspiration influence one’s perception of self? Or, how might viewing someone else’s excessive perspiration influence your perception of them?

2. Explore the connection between social anxiety and excessive perspiration.

3. When is sweat “good / acceptable / attractive” and when is sweat “bad / unacceptable / unattractive?”

If sweaty talk doesn’t put us in the silly category, what does?

Get more information on the The SweatBlock “Social Confidence” Scholarship.

Starfleet Academy Space Explorers’ Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: 7/15/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Space Explorers’ Memorial Scholarship is available to students pursuing studies in a field that may not be covered by one of the other STARFLEET scholarship types (engineering, medicine, art, business).

Applicants must be members in good standing with STARFLEET and must have been so, for at least one (1) year before the application deadline.

A trekkie’s dream, this scholarship legitimizes Star Trek fandom, actually making it a lucrative obsession. Well done, Starfleet Academy.

Learn more about the Space Explorers’ Memorial Scholarship.

Imagine Cup Games Competition

Deadline: 7/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $50,000

The Imagine Cup Games Competition is available to students with an interest in video game design.

You, or your team, must submit a desktop or tablet game using Windows, or a mobile game using Windows Phone, or a browser game using Windows Azure.

Games can support multiple languages as long as English is represented and be no bigger than 500MB to be eligible entries.

We’d like to emphasize: A. How big this prize is! B. How fun this competition looks!

Get more information on the Imagine Cup Games Competition.

Union Internationale de la Marionnette-USA Scholarship

Deadline: 12/01/15
Available To: College Freshman 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.

Little known fact: breaking into puppetry is harder than getting into the FBI, CIA or witness protection program.

Get more information on the UNIMA-USA Scholarship.

United States Bowling Congress
Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: 12/1/15
Available To: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $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.

How many members in “bad standing” applied before they had to put this in the description? Makes you wonder…

Get more information on the USBC Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship.

Zolp Scholarship – Loyola University

Deadline: 2/01/16
Available to: College Freshman to College Senior
Award Amount: Varies

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.

Phony Zolps need not apply. If you’re Zolp imposter, they WILL find out.

Learn more about the Zolp Scholarship – Loyola University.

Swann Foundation Caricature & Cartoon Fellowship

Deadline: 2/15/16
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: $15,000

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.

For a fun subject, this doesn’t sound all that fun. It probably is, though, because anything involving cartoons is awesome.

Learn more about the Swann Foundation Fellowship.

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Deadline: 2/20/16
Available to: High School Senior through College Freshman
Award Amount: $10,000

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.

Scholarship funding to reward your personal dietary decisions? Not bad!

Learn more about the Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship.

CKSF Scholarship Competition

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshman through 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.

If you have a lot of useless trivia knowledge, this is for you!

Learn more about the CKSF Scholarship Competition.

Writers of the Future Contest

Deadline: Rolling
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $4,000

The Writers of the Future Contest is open to amateur writers.

Your entry must be a new short story or novelette with a science fiction, fantasy, horror or speculative fiction theme, which has not been previously published.

Poetry and children’s literature cannot be accepted for this contest.

There are four quarterly deadlines each year (September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30) with three prizes per quarter of $1000, $750, $500 and a yearly grand prize of $4000 is offered.

Every great writer started somewhere. “Amateur” simply means your work has not been widely published – so, as long as you’re not John Grisham, Danielle Steel or someone in the like, write away.

Learn more about the Writers of the Future Contest.

Alice McArver Ratchford Scholarship for What You Don’t Do

Deadline: Varies
Available To:College Freshman 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.

All I’ve ever wanted is to know how this award came to be. Is that too much to ask?

Get more information on the Alice McArver Ratchford Scholarship.

Twin/Triplet Dorm Room Waiver

Deadline: Rolling
Available to: College Freshman
Award Amount: Varies

The Twin/Triplet Dorm Room Waiver is available to full-time entering freshman 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.

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.

Learn more about the Twin/Triplet Dorm Room Waiver.

Rodeo Club Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available To:College Freshman
Award Amount: Varies

The Rodeo Club Scholarship is open to entering freshman 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.

In case you’re keeping track, this is the second rodeo scholarship listed. However, it’s not the only rodeo scholarship in our database. We have quite a few of them. All we have to say to that is yee-haw!

Get more information on the Rodeo Club Scholarship.

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