Before you decide to give up on the idea of getting your own scholarship, take a look at this list of the weirdest college scholarships out there. With scholarships as strange as these, you may be eligible for more free college funding than you think! The amount offered is the top prize; there may be runner up prizes too. P.S. You can search for scholarships that fit you here. P.P.S. We updated this! It's poppin' fresh as of March 2016.

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Weird Scholarships

  • David Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship: $10,000. Students who want to become telecommunications professionals and attend Ball State University, the TV legend's alma mater, can win this award based on their submission of a creative media project. #Communications
  • Prom Guide's Cutest Couple Contest: $1,000. Are you and your S.O. just the cuuuutest? If you are (according to Instagram votes on your prom pic) you might snag this award from Prom Guide magazine. #Cutest
  • Hiram College Hal Reichle Scholarship: Award varies. This scholarship is offered by the sweet and quirky Secret Society of Serendipitous Service to Hal, or SSSSH, dedicated to anonymous good deeds. It's awarded to students who are dedicated to community service, just like its namesake. #Nice
  • Clowns of America, International Scholarship: Award varies. Planning on going to clown college...or at least a family-friendly entertainment educational program that runs for a minimum of 10 hours? You can apply for this scholarship from the Clowns of America, International. #Clowns
  • American Board of Funeral Service Education National Scholarship Program: $2,500. You know, working with dead people really isn't that bad. It's quiet, it's consistent, and practically no other job is as stable (except maybe being a tax preparer). If you've completed at least one semester or quarter in an accredited funeral service or mortuary science program, you're eligible for this scholarship. #DeadPeople
  • Collegiate Inventors Competition: Award varies. College students, you can turn your (or your team's) original and brilliant invention into cash money! And it's actual cash money too; it's not a traditional scholarship paid to your college. As long as your idea hasn't been made or shared commercially or patented, you're eligible. #Inventions
  • Common Knowledge Challenge Scholarships: $3,000. If you know a lot about a lot, then you may be eligible for a series of Common Knowledge scholarships just by taking a quick quiz. #Trivia
  • Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest: $10,000. Wishing you the best in creating your own creative greeting card, to be voted on and judged by a panel of experts. Sincerely, CollegeXpress. #GreetingCards
  • Scholarship for Aggressive Scholarship Applicants: $500. When we say "aggressive," we don't mean rude or rough. Rather, this scholarship is to award you for applying to as many other scholarships as you can...which we recommend doing anyway. You simply need to submit your confirmation e-mails. #MetaScholarship
  • Doodle 4 Google Scholarship: $30,000. You know your favorite part of Googling stuff is seeing if there's a fun new Google Doodle to play with that day! Well, you can be part of that and win a college scholarship by submitting a Doodle of your own to the Doodle 4 Google scholarship competition. #GoogleDoodles
  • Parapsychological Association Research Endowment: $5,000. Parapsychology is the study of "psychic phenomena," such as paranormal activity, telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis. Students researching these topics, with or without the assistance of a crystal ball or Ouija board (j/k...probably), are eligible for grants from the Parapsychological Association. #SpookyScary
  • American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship: $2,000. So, first you need to read the "Fire Sprinkler Essay." Then you take a 10-question multiple-choice test about the essay. Then you get a scholarship. Woo! (Okay, there's a basic application too, but it's not too crazy.) #FireSprinklers
  • Hit the Books Scholarship: $500. A short 500 words or less about the role of education in your life through the lens of why you love coffee can get you $500. Invigorating! #CoffeeIsLife
  • Little People of America Scholarship: $1,000. Whether or not they're members of the LPA society, students with a medically diagnosed form of dwarfism are eligible for this award. #LittlePeople
  • Miller Electric International WorldSkills Competition Scholarship: $40,000. Are you a would-be welder? The grand prize winner of the biannual U.S. Weld Trial Competition is eligible for $10,000 over four years of a welding-related educational or training program. #Welding
  • National Potato Council Scholarship: $10,000. The National Potato Council awards this hefty scholarship annually to a graduate student pursuing advanced study in agribusiness that enhances the potato industry. #Potatoes
  • Charlie and Kathy Barnhart and Ken Haynes, Jr. Manufactured Housing Association Scholarship Program: $1,000. Do you call a mobile or manufactured home, erm, home? You might be eligible for this scholarship! #MobileHomes
  • Illuminating Engineering Society Scholarships: Award varies. Are you dedicated to good lighting? The folks at the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America certainly are. And if you can demonstrate your skill and vision for the craft and commitment to pursuing illumination as a career, you could snag one of their scholarships. #Lights
  • ScholarshipRed: $500. The Scholarship for Redheads! Natural redheads, that is, which you'll need to prove with a picture from your childhood. You'll also need to "create something that represents what it means to be Redhead." #Redheads
  • Shout It Out Scholarship: $1,500. "If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?" Provided you can say it in 250 words or less, you could snag this straightforward scholarship. #ShoutingButNotReally
  • Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck on Prom Contest: $10,000. You knew duct tape was useful around the house, but you'll be shocked to see just how pretty it can be! All it takes is a little creativity, an eye for fashion, and upwards of 50 rolls of duct tape and 100 hours of time. No bigs. #DuctTapeProm
  • Tall Clubs International Scholarship: $1,000. Serving the (financial) needs of "exceptionally tall people," Tall Clubs International awards its scholarships to students who meet its minimum height requirements: 5' 10" (178 cm) for women and 6' 2" (188 cm) for men. #Tall
  • Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship: $10,000. If you think animals are friends, not food, and you advocate for them in your high school or community, you may be eligible for this award! #Vegetarian
  • Wholesale Halloween Costumes Scholarship: $500. College students from freshmen to graduate students are eligible for this award. All they need to do is submit a creative meme for Wholesale Halloween Costumes. #HalloweenMemes
  • Zolp Scholarship: Award varies. All you have to be is a Catholic student with the last name of Zolp attending Loyola University Chicago to qualify. #GotTheRightLastName
  • Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship: $2,000. Quick: the streets are full of the undead (bummer). What's your plan?! If you can convince the scholarship judges you're ready to survive a zombie fallout, you could win enough money to stock your underground shelter for at least a few months. #Zombies
  • Michigan Llama Association Scholarship: $1,000. All you need to do is be a student member of the Michigan Llama Association to be eligible. P.S. The award is presented at the organization's annual Lamafest. So there's that. #Llamas
  • National Beef Ambassador Program: $1,000. Could you educate the public on beef and beef production? The beef industry just might name you a Beef Ambassador, which would wrangle you a nice, juicy scholarship. #Beef
  • National Marbles Tournament Scholarship: $2,000: "Mibsters" (aka marble shooters) between the ages of 7 and 14 compete in the annual National Marbles Tournament for scholarship dollars. And for the chance to be crowned the King or Queen of Marbles (which we think is even better). #Marbles
  • Pokemon World Championship Scholarship: Award varies. And you thought you wanted to play in the Pokemon World Championship just for the lifetime prestige and bragging rights. You can also go home with a scholarship that's good until your 28th birthday or 10 years from the day you win. Gotta catch 'em all! #Pokemon
  • Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation Scholarship: $2,500. This award can fund your venerable vacuum coating technology studies at an accredited technical, vocational, two-year, undergraduate or graduate school. #VacuumCoatingIsAThing
  • UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette-USA) Scholarship: $1,000. Studying to become a puppeteer? If you're a member of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette's U.S. chapter, are 18 years or older, and have demonstrated experience in puppetry you might be able to snag this award. #Puppets
  • Alice Mcarver Ratchford Scholarship: Award varies. Single ladies at UNC Greensboro: this special scholarship is for you. It goes to unattached female undergrads in financial need who live on campus, don't have a car, and haven't gotten other scholarships. #LowKeyLadies
  • The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing: $500. It was the butler in the parlor with the knife! Okay, your mystery writing is probably way better than ours, which is why you should grab one of your manuscripts and apply for this scholarship. You'll need to prove you're in an appropriate writing class or program, in addition to a few other application requirements. #Mystery
  • Brilliance Scholarship: $1,500. Diamonds may be a girl's best friend. But the ability to design the most creative diamond ring is worth real money. Students in any discipline can submit their own original diamond ring design and a brief write-up of their inspiration for a chance at this scholarship. #DiamondRings
  • Discover Scholarship Award: $2,500. "No purchase or student loan necessary to enter or win." That's what we like to see! Not only is this scholarship super easy to enter, but you can earn up to three bonus entries when you share it via social media. #Easy
  • DoSomething's Easy Scholarships: Amount varies. Okay, this isn't just one scholarship. But these awards come and go fast, so you need to keep an eye on them! Luckily, they're so weird and fun (and generous) you won't have trouble jumping on the opportunities. Past awards include things like writing a rap for your favorite teacher, designing finger puppets, and giving your friends homemade coupon books. Plus, these scholarship raise awareness of important issues like teacher appreciation, texting while driving, and supporting friends with depression. #Easy
  • The Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Left Handed Scholarship: $1,500. Only one college in the world (that we know of) offers a scholarship for left-handed students: Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Other scholarship requirements include academic excellence and involvement. #Lefty
  • Lake Erie College Twins Scholarship: Award varies. Twins (and families of twins), this is the college tuition twofer you've been looking for. It's a full tuition scholarship awarded 50/50 if both twin students are enrolled full time. #Twins
  • Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship: $3,000. Τhe American Sheep Industry Association awards this scholarship to graduate students in sheep-related studies that advance the lamb and wool industry. Mary had a little scholarship... #Sheep
  • American Association for Nude Recreation Education Foundation: Award varies. Let it all hang out and apply to this scholarship if you have nudist experience (#nojudgment) and concern for nudist issues like skin cancer, body image, nudist art and literature, and the tiny issue of just getting public acceptance of nudism. #Nudists
  • The Gertrude J. Deppen Scholarship: Award varies. Available at Bucknell University, this scholarship is offered to students who honor the memory of its namesake by abstaining from drugs and alcohol, as well as being graduates of Mount Carmel Public High School, residents of Mount Carmel (Pennsylvania) for at least 10 years, and not involved in "strenuous athletic contests." #LowKeyLadies
  • Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship: $5,000. If you can wax poetic about your love for Magic: The Gathering (specifically, about the impact the game has had on your life and your favorite and least favorite cards) and you have financial need, you're eligible for this enchanted scholarship. #MagicTheGathering
  • Mycological Society of America Scholarships: Award varies. Scholarships up to $10,000 are available to students in various specialties who study mycology, the study of fungi, aka a delicious pizza topping. #Mushrooms
  • American Association of Candy Technologists John Kitt Memorial Scholarship: $5,000. This sweet deal is available to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a food science-related major and a "demonstrated interest in confectionery technology." (We're guessing your epic love of Sour Patch Kids doesn't count.) #Candy
  • American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship: Award varies. Winemaking is a lucrative, unique, and deeeeelicious business. Students studying the wine and grape industries are eligible for this annual award. #Wine
  • The Asparagus Club Scholarship: $2,000. You don't have to love asparagus to join the venerable Asparagus Club or to win one of its biannual scholarships. But you do need to be an upperclassman or grad students studying to become an independent grocer. #Groceries
  • Branson Shows Inspired Scholarship: $1,000. Branson, Missouri, is known for its all-American entertainment, and this ticket seller offers an annual scholarship for students inspired by those family-friendly performers like Presley's Country Jubilee, Dixie Stampede, and the Good Ole Boys. All you have to do is write an essay about "How (*Enter Your Show*) Inspired Me to Realize My Dreams." #BransonMO
  • Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest: $2,000. Can you quack with the best of them? Can you speak to the mallards? Take your skills to this classic contest, named for legendary duck callers and duck call makers. #DuckCalling
  • Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship: Award varies. This scholarship covers full tuition and housing and is renewable for four years, so all those days of lugging heavy bags around the links might finally pay for golf caddies everywhere. Winners must demonstrate financial need, great grades, and outstanding addition to a "strong caddie record." #GolfCaddies
  • Flavor of the Month Scholarship: $1,500. "If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?" You can scoop up this scholarship from Unigo by answering that prompt in a short and sweet 250-word essay. #IceCream
  • New Look Laser Tattoo Removal Semiannual Scholarship: $1,000. Students studying nursing, medicine, natural or applied sciences, or engineering can apply for this merit-based scholarship by submitting a short essay that "expresses [their] opinion of the societal impact of laser tattoo removal." Our opinion: we're too scared of needles to get a tattoo in the first place. #TattooRemoval
  • School Band and Orchestra Magazine Scholarship: $1,000. Put down your oboe and take some time to respond to SBO Magazine's scholarship essay prompt for your shot at free money for college! The 2015 theme for this annual award was "How Does Your Music Class Prepare You For Life." #Band
  • Rolex Scholarship: $25,000. Are you part mermaid? If your college studies bring you underwater at all, whether it's for research, aquatourism, photography, even underwater welding, you might be eligible for this scholarship for "underwater-related" disciplines. #Underwater
  • Starfleet Academy Scholarships: $1,000. Starfleet, if you're unfamiliar, is a fan club run by The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc. And Trekkies attending basically any accredited technical, undergraduate, or graduate institution are eligible for this award, provided they've been Starfleet members for at least one year. #StarTrek
  • Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry William L. Cullison Scholarship: $4,000. If you get more excited about the box than the goodies inside it, this might be the scholarship for you. It's for incoming college juniors in an academic path related to the pulp, paper, corrugated, and converting industries. #Paper
  • Lambert and Annetje Van Valkenburg Memorial Scholarship Award: $1,000. Anyone who is a descendant through birth or legal adoption of Lambert and Annetje Van Valkenburg is eligible. What a kindly Dutch family! #GotTheRightLastName
  • LaFontaine Aquatic Entomology Scholarship: Award varies. Graduate students studying aquatic entomology (aka water bugs) and nominated by the Federation of Fly Fishers are eligible for this award. #WaterBugs
  • John Gatling Scholarship: $60,000. Students with the surname Gatlin or Gatling who plan to attend NC State University can take advantage of this generous alumnus' namesake scholarship. It's worth $10k a year for state residents or $15k for non-residents, and it's renewable for up to four years! #GotTheRightLastName
  • STS Travel "I Have a Plan!" Scholarship: $1,000. How would you reach, well, you? STS Travel, a student travel company, will award $1,000 to the student with the most creative and feasible plan for marketing to other students. Meta. #Travel

Weird Scholarships That Are No Longer Offered

  • All-American Apple Pie Academic Scholarship Contest
  • American Nudist Research Library Scholarship
  • Backseat Advisor Scholarship
  • Carnegie Mellon University Bagpipe Scholarship
  • Dannie Jasmine Mule Deer Foundation Scholarship
  • Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship for Parapsychology
  • Icy Frost Bridge Scholarship for Singing the "Star-Spangled Banner" with "Sincerity"
  • J.D. Salinger Creative Writing Award
  • JIF Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Scholarship
  • Klingon Language Institute Kor Memorial Scholarship
  • National Make It Yourself Wool Competition
  • Olive Garden Pasta Tales Essay Contest
  • Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Award
  • Seuss "Oh, The Places You'll Go" Scholarship Program
  • Surfrider Foundation Scholarship Program
  • The SweatBlock "Social Confidence" Scholarship
  • Thumb Wars Scholarship
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