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Scholarships based on a student’s academic achievements, athletic abilities or financial situation are three of the most common types of college scholarships that students can receive, and many people are unaware that other types of scholarships exist. Some are based on personal characteristics that have seemingly nothing to do with school while others are awarded to contest winners.

If you keep your eyes peeled and your ears open, you might be able to find a scholarship that’s as unique as you are.

15 Unique College Scholarships

Below you can learn about 15 unique college scholarships for students. Go ahead and take a peek—free money for school is sure to come in handy!

1. Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

Stuck at Prom is an online contest held by Duck Brand duct tape that challenges high school students to create their prom outfits and accessories with Duck Tape for the chance to win scholarship money. The first place couple wins $5000 each, the second place couple wins $3000 each and the third place couple wins $2000 each.

For more info and full details, visit the Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest.

2. Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Awards

Thanks to BodyByMilk.com, twenty-five student athletes who are milk drinkers that excel in academics, sports and community service can each win a $7,500 college scholarship along with a trip to Disney World.

For more info and full details, visit the SAMMY Awards.

3. Little People of America Scholarships

The Little People of America is a national non-profit organization that provides support and information to people of short stature and their families. Membership is open to people who are usually no taller than 4’10” in height. Little People of America offers educational scholarships ranging from $250 to $1000 to both prospective and current students attending college or vocational school in the United States.

For more info and full details, visit Little People of America Scholarships.

4. Tall Clubs International Scholarships for Tall People

Tall Clubs International (TCI) is a social organization with chapters across the United States and Canada. Membership is open to men over 6’2" and women over 5’10” in height. At the annual TCI Convention, TCI awards student scholarship(s) of up to $1000 each to tall students under the age of 21 that are attending their first year of college the following fall.

For more info and full details, visit Tall Clubs International Scholarships.

5. American Association of Candy Technologists Scholarship

The American Association of Candy Technologists, a professional group of technologists, operations personnel, educators, students, business staff and others dedicated to the advancement of the confectionery industry, sponsors the John Kitt Memorial Scholarship for college sophomores, juniors or seniors that have a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology. The $5,000 award is paid in two $2,500 installments after verification of enrollment.

For more info and full details, visit the American Association of Candy Technologists Scholarship.

6. Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers

Funded by a bequest from Berrien Fragos Thorn , the Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers are awarded to foster and encourage the creative talents of individuals with a history of migration to obtain work in agriculture. Grants under $500 and grants up to $2,500 are awarded.

For more info and full details, visit the Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers.

7. Collegiate Inventors Competition

The Collegiate Inventors Competition recognizes student inventors whose research and inventions will change our future. Amounts awarded vary.

For more info and full details, visit the Collegiate Inventors Competition.

8. Parapsychology Foundation Scholarship

The Parapsychology Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation which provides a worldwide forum supporting the scientific investigation of psychic phenomena, sponsors the annual Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship award of $3000. The award was designed to assist a student attending an accredited college or university who wishes to pursue the academic study of the science of parapsychology.

For more info and full details, visit the Parapsychology Foundation Scholarship.

9. Klingon Language Institute Scholarship

The Kor Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the Klingon Language Institute to recognize and encourage language study. Familiarity with Klingon—the constructed language of the fictional Klingon race in Star Trek—or other constructed languages is not required, but creativity is a plus. This $500 award is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

For more info and full details, visit the Klingon Language Institute Scholarship.

10. Make it With Wool Contest

Held annually by the American Sheep Industry Association, the Make It with Wool contest promotes the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns; encourages personal creativity in sewing, knitting and crocheting with wool fabrics and yarns; and recognizes creative skills. Various scholarship prizes between $1000 and $2000 are awarded.

For more info and full details, visit Make it With Wool.

11. Michael Jackson Scholarship

The Michael Jackson Scholarship consists of annual awards for undergraduate students attending a United Negro College Fund member college or university. Applicants must major in Communications, English or Performing Arts, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and financial aid. (Students must submit the FAFSA.) Due date, number of awards and award amount may vary.

For more info and full details, visit the Michael Jackson Scholarship.

12. Jerry Seinfeld Scholarship

Founded by Jerry Seinfeld and his family in 2000 to give back to the city they love, the Seinfeld Scholarship Program celebrates the achievements of New York City students. Each year the program offers college scholarships to high school graduating seniors who have achieved academic excellence and committed themselves to community service.

For more info and full details, visit the Seinfeld Scholarship Program.

13. Best Buy Scholarship

In 2011, the Best Buy @15 Scholarship Program will award scholarships to students in grades 9-12 living in the United States or Puerto Rico that plan to enter a full-time undergraduate course of study upon their high school graduation. A total of up to 1,200 students will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.

For more info and full details, visit the Best Buy @15 Scholarship Program.

14. Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship

The Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship is a full tuition and housing scholarship for golf caddies. Each year more than 800 deserving caddies across the United States attend college thanks to the Evans Scholars Foundation. Selected applicants must have a strong caddie record, excellent grades, outstanding character and demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

For more info and full details, visit the Evans Scholar Foundation.

15. Dr. Pepper Million Dollar Tuition Giveaway

Dr. Pepper is awarding $123,000 tuition grand prizes and $2,500 tuition prizes to students that submit a winning one-minute video explaining why they deserve tuition.

For more info and full details, visit the Dr. Pepper Million Dollar Tuition Giveaway.


Melissa Rhone+

Melissa Rhone earned her Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Tampa. She resides in the Tampa Bay area and enjoys writing about college, pop culture, and epilepsy awareness.

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