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The Top Ten Weirdest Scholarships of All Time

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Everyone hopes for free money to help pay the costs of a college education. Although, not everyone qualifies for the scholarships offered at colleges and universities. It may sound far-fetched and unbelievable, but there are many unusual scholarships out there.

Weird scholarships are labeled as such because they are awarded to individuals with specific characteristics, such as short people, or rare interests, such as space art, or something outside the ordinary type of scholarship. Unusual scholarships are typically awarded based on personal characteristics, special talent, character, community service, or creativity.

Top Ten Weirdest Scholarships of All Time

Looking for free money with an unusual scholarship? Count down and discover the most bizarre scholarships of all time:

10. The Culinary Institute of America has cooked up a great program for freshmen students—the Top Turkey Scholarship Contest —this program awards creative freshmen scholarship opportunities for the best recipes for Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. Get your creative juices flowing and earn one of five scholarships based on originality. Top winner earns $10,000 in scholarship money.

9. For anyone who has caddied before, here’s a scholarship for you—the Evans Scholarship. This scholarship was founded by Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr. It is a renewable scholarship which provides full-tuition for up to four years. High school seniors who have worked as a caddy for a minimum of two years at a Western Golf Association member club are eligible. Other factors that determine eligibility are personal character, academic standing, and financial need.

8. Attention all tall people, here’s a scholarship for you! The Tall Clubs International Student Scholarship awards up to $1,000 for students entering their first year of college. Applicants must fulfill height requirements—for women at least 5’10” or more; and for men a 6’2” minimum.

7. Who would have thought an eating lifestyle could earn a scholarship? The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship offers two $5,000 scholarships each year to high school graduating seniors residing in the United States. This scholarship is for students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and in their community. It requires applicants to submit an essay about their advocacy of vegetarianism.
For more information, contact The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD, 21203; phone: 410-366-8343.

6. All Tupperware dealers, franchised distributors, and managers can take advantage of this scholarship: Tupperware Home Parties Scholarship. This scholarship is non-renewable. It is offered to the children of Tupperware employees. Award amounts vary with a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $10,500. Applicants cannot apply online. For more information, contact Tupperware U.S., Inc. P.O. Box 1465 Taylors, SC, 29637. Phone: 864-268-3363.

5. Star Trek fans will appreciate this scholarship— Kor Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship, administered by the Klingon Language Institute, is awarded to students pursuing a career in the field of language study. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Nominations are required, and should come from department heads, or deans, of the school the student is attending. Award amount is $500.

4. Ag students will like this one—the Potato Industry Scholarship. This scholarship awards $500 to a graduate student pursuing a career in agribusiness with a concentration in the potato industry. Award is based on academic achievements, leadership qualities, and area of graduate study.

3. Ever thought your personal characteristics could win you a scholarship? It can. The Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Scholarship is awarded to left-handed students attending Juniata College only. Award amounts vary, and do not exceed $1,000. For more information about this scholarship, contact the Office of Student Financial Planning, Juniata College, 1700 Moore St., Huntington, PA, 16652.

2. Here’s a wacky one! Attention duck callers, check out the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. This contest is open to all high school seniors in the United States who can call ducks. Students are required to use four calls (hail, feed, comeback and mating) in 90 seconds. The winner receives $1,500 in scholarship money to be used to further their education. Additional prizes are awarded for up to third runner-up.

1. And finally, the weirdest scholarship of all time: the Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck @ Prom Contest. This contest is open to students age 14 and older who are attending their high school prom. Students are required to enter as a couple. The couple must wear a complete outfit, or all accessories made from duct tape. Judging is based on creativity, originality, amount of duct tape used, and other factors. Include a photo with your entry. The couple who wins is awarded $3,000 each. In addition, the high school hosting the prom where the winners attended, also receives $3,000.

Key Points to Remember about Unusual Scholarships

If you are interested in seeking bizarre scholarships, keep these tips in mind:


  • Do a Google search for weird, bizarre, or unusual scholarships. This should direct you to many sites to review.

  • Once you find a scholarship that suits you, do further research by searching the name of the scholarship. This helps determine if the scholarship is still offered. Often times, scholarships/contests listed on high-ranking websites have been discontinued, or the rules may have changed.

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