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$7,500 Beans for Brains Scholarship Program Now Open

Show off your crocheted or knitted project to win this scholarship. Three students will win $2,500 scholarships!

Shawna Newman

March 13, 2024

$7,500 Beans for Brains Scholarship Program Now Open
This scholarship opportunity is limited to the first 300 applicants!!
With the help of social platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest, young adults and students are now bringing back lost arts like crochet, knitting and so much more. This style of art has even transferred to the décor world. High school students, college students, and grad students have coined this decoration movement with the term Granny Chic. And it’s not limited to decorating your dorm or living space. Grab your mittens and knitted shawls, young adults are rocking the retro-inspired fashion with knitted and crocheted clothing. JUMP TO APPLY FOR THE $2,500 BEANS FOR BRAINS SCHOLARSHIP
You’ve likely heard about weird scholarships students can apply for—the $2,500 Jimmy Beans Wool Beans for Brains Scholarship is one of those odd scholarships. Students that love to knit, crochet or weave can use their unique talent to help pay for school!!

About the Beans for Brain Scholarship

Jimmy Beans Wool, located in Reno, Nevada, is a market-leading retailer of yarn and accessories for knitters and makers. Established in 2010, the Jimmy Beans Wool-led scholarship program was created to help aspiring knitters, crocheters, and students attend college or university or professional school. Jimmy Beans Wool, and Madelinetosh will sponsor the three $2,500 scholarship awards for the 2024 year. One scholarship will be awarded to a knit project, one will be awarded to a crochet project, and one will be awarded to a local student in the Sierra Nevada region.
More than $68,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to students. Previous winners have attended or are currently attending the University of Nevada, Reno, Portland State University, Yale University, and Harvard University. Laura Zander, co-founder of Jimmy Beans Wool said, "I was inspired to start this scholarship as a result of my own experience. As a self-funded student, I was always on the lookout for niche scholarships like Beans for Brains to help me pay for everything."

Beans for Brains Scholarship

Deadline: 5/1/2024 Available to: High School Seniors –Graduate Students Award Amount: $2,500 The Beans for Brains Scholarship is open to students that know how to knit, crochet, and/or weave. You must submit a photo of your self-made knitted, crocheted or woven project and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to be considered for this award.

2024 Beans for Brains Scholarship Details

This merit-based award is offered by the Jimmy Beans Wool company. Three $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to students attending an approved accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. This scholarship opportunity is open to the first 300 applicants. International students can apply if they are or will be attending an approved or accredited institution of higher education in the United States with a Fall 2024 semester enrollment. Trade and vocational school students may also apply for this scholarship! Students must be enrolled in or planning to an accredited professional school in the Fall 2024 semester as well. Students can apply if they have not yet been accepted to an approved accredited institution of higher education. If this is the case and such students are awarded a scholarship, verification of enrollment will be required before receiving the funds. Do you work with other textiles besides yarn? Get a 15% student discount on fabric with designs from independent artists!

Jimmy Beans Wool Scholarship Project Requirements, Application Prompts

Applicants can submit an original-design project or a pattern-created project. There are four requirements for submitting project photos:
  1. Photos must be 80KB or less in order to be considered.
  2. The photo should be at least 800px in width or 800px in height.
  3. .jpg and .png images are they only image file types accepted.
  4. Only one project image is accepted via the scholarship per application and the image must match the project described in your scholarship application.
Scholarship applicants will be asked to answer the following questions: • Share the university, college or technical school you are or will be attending Fall 2024. 200 Words or Less • Describe your submitted project in detail. Details should include the type of yarn or material used and why you chose it, the pattern you used, and why you chose to submit this project. 300 Words or Less • Share the activities, leadership positions, community service work, etc. You're involved in. • Share how you became a knitter or crocheter. • Explain - Has knitting/crocheting/weaving added benefits to your health (mental or otherwise)? If yes, explain how. 500 Words or Less • Describe a change you would like to make in the world. Share how you would plan to make that change, and what obstacles you might encounter along the way. • Share your financial need. Visit the Beans for Brains FAQ page for a complete list of frequently asked questions.

More Unique Scholarship Opportunities

If you enjoy applying for odd and or talent-specific scholarships, consider applying for the below scholarships as well:

My Crossword Maker Scholarship

The My Crossword Maker Scholarship is available to current and incoming undergraduate students. To be considered, you must create and submit a 15 X 15 newspaper - style crossword puzzle based on the theme of "My Hobby / Interest." All crosswords must be original, written solely by the applicant, and not previously published elsewhere. The puzzle publishing fee will be waived for scholarship applicants. Deadline: 5/3/24
Available to: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

Rover College Scholarship

The Rover College Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors and current college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. To be considered, you must submit a 400 - to 500 - word essay on the following topic: "How did growing up with a pet in your life (could be a friend's or family member's) impact the person you are today?" Deadline: 5/1/24
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: $2,500

$2,000 Minecraft Scholarship

The $2,000 Minecraft Scholarship is open to high school and college students. You must be a U.S. citizen, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit an essay of at least 500 words that details your opinion on how Minecraft can be a positive influence on education and career development to be considered for this award. Deadline: 7/31/24
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

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. Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $500 - $2,000
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