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Unique, Silly & Fun Scholarships

Unique, Silly & Fun Scholarships

Don't get serious! Get scholarships, instead!

Elizabeth Hoyt

June 19, 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.

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.

Book Nerds Word Contest

Award: 7/13/15
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Students Ages 13 and Older

Sponsored by Amplify Education, the Book Nerd Words Contest is open to all students above the age of 13 in the U.S. and Canada.

To be considered, you must submit a video of no more than 30 seconds in length where you craft a brief story about the definition of one of five book related words on the sponsor’s website.

Proudly claim your status as a book nerd!

Learn more information about the Book Nerds Word Contest.

Monsters and Mysteries Contest

Deadline: 7/30/15
Available To: Ages 14 Years and Over
Award Amount: $1,000

The Monsters and Mysteries Contest is open to all students above the age of 13 in the U.S. and Canada.

To be considered, you must submit a video of no more than one minute in length where you choose one book from the provided list and provide either a trailer, a scene or a dramatic reading.

Feel like getting weird? The possibilities are endless with this creative scholarship.

Get more information on the Monsters and Mysteries Contest.

SciFi Forever Contest

Deadline: 7/30/15
Available To: Ages 14 Years and Over
Award Amount: $1,000

The SciFi Forever Contest is open to all students above the age of 13 in the U.S. and Canada.

To be considered, you must submit a video of no more than one minute in length where you choose one book from the provided list and provide either a trailer, a scene or a dramatic reading.

You’re welcome, sci-fi fanatics.

Get more information on the SciFi Forever Contest.

Standing the Test of Time Contest

Deadline: 7/30/15
Available To: Ages 14+
Award Amount: $1,000

The Standing the Test of Time Contest is open to all students above the age of 13 in the U.S. and Canada.

To be considered, you must submit a video of no more than one minute in length where you choose one book from the provided list and provide either a trailer, a scene or a dramatic reading.

A trailer, scene or dramatic reading? The world is your oyster.

Get more information on the Standing the Test of Time Contest.

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.

Wholesale Halloween Costumes Scholarship

Deadline: 8/12/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The Wholesale Halloween Costumes Scholarship – Meme Contest is available to students enrolled at an accredited two- or four-year college within the United States.

You must submit a creative meme for Wholesale Halloween Costumes to qualify for this award.

Memes are a few words. How hard could that be?

Get more information on the Wholesale Halloween Costumes Scholarship.

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.

Custom Jewelry Scholarship

Deadline: 12/15/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Custom Jewelry Scholarship is available to students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited college, university or trade school.

You must submit a minimum 1,000-word essay on the following topic: “Why buy custom jewelry?”

This seems like an odd essay that could be fun. For the record, we suggest going with a “pro-custom” theme because the sponsor is all about custom made goods.

Get more information on the Custom Jewelry Scholarship.

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.

ImproveNet DIY Repair Scholarship

Deadline: 12/15/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

Provided by CraftJack, Inc., the ImproveNet DIY Repair Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at an accredited college or university.

You must submit a 1000 to 2000 word essay to qualify for this award.

If you’re a DIY guru, this scholarship is calling your name!

Get more information on the ImproveNet DIY Repair Scholarship.

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.

Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship

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

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.

Who cares if you’re the next great artist? There’s $10,000 at stake!

Get more information on the Create-a-Greeting Card 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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