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18 Weird and Wacky Scholarships for College-bound Students

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Although these scholarships have been deemed “weird and wacky,” any scholarship that gets you FREE money for college is anything but weird or wacky. In honor of Halloween, here are just a few of them. Want to see more? Type “wacky scholarships” in Google. You might be surprised what you will uncover.

1. Are you a leftie?

Juniata College located in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania offers two 1,000 scholarships to left handed students each year. One of the qualifications is – yes – left handedness.

2. Do you know how to knit?

The National Make It Yourself with Wool (NMIYWW) organization awards 2 scholarships for knitting wool garments. Make a killer wool garment and submit it to this organization and they will judge it based garment style and design, contestant’s presentation, and creativity. Winners receive either a $2,000 or a $1,000 scholarship.

3. Are you a Trekkie?

The Kor Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the Klingon Language Institute to recognize and encourage scholarship in the field of language study. You don’t have to be fluent in Klingon, but creativity is preferred.


Starfleet Academy Scholarship. If you are a member of the “Starfleet Academy,” an organization modeled after the fictitious Star Trek academy you may qualify for awards such as the Gene Roddenberry Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Writers or the DeForest Kelley/Dr. Leonard McCoy Medical Scholarship.

4. Do you enjoy “the air up there”?

The Kae Sumner Einfeldt Scholarship, sponsored by Tall Clubs International offers tall students a $1000.00 scholarship. To qualify, girls must be at least 5-foot-10, and guys must measure at least 6-foot-2.

5. Are you fascinated with ghosts?

The New York-based Parapsychology Foundation offers young ghost hunters and those with interest in the paranormal several scholarships.

6. Do you have expertise in duck calling?

The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest awards a $1,500 scholarship to the winner of their duck calling contest. First runner-up gets $500, second runner-up gets $300, and third runner-up gets $200.

7. Do you enjoy bass fishing?

A google search of “bass fishing scholarships” reels in 45,000 matches. There are 220 colleges with bass fishing scholarships. Check out http://highschoolbassanglers.com/college-scholarships/.

8. Do you have natural red hair?

A red head scholarship such as the one provided by Scholarship Red, could easily win you some free money for college.

9. Are you a vegetarian?

Are you a vegetarian and proud of it? The Vegetarian Resource Group Contest awards two vegetarian scholarships to students who promote vegetarianism in their community or school with $5,000 each.

10. Is bowling your sport?

More than six million dollars in bowling scholarships are awarded from the United States Bowling Congress.

11. Are you a twin or triplet?

Scholarships for twins can be found from The Northwest Association Mother of Twins Clubs and the Twins Day Festival as well as several specific colleges and universities. They all offer scholarships for being a twin or triplet.

12. Are you a golf caddy?

The Chick Evans Golf Caddie Scholarship offered by the Western Golf Association is a generous award that covers up to four years of full housing and tuition expenses.

13. Do you have asthma?

Scholarships for people with asthma provided by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Merck's Will to Win Asthma Scholarships are two free sources of college money that are unknown to most students.

14. Are you a plus size and want to study fashion?

The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance offers a scholarship to a fashion design student who designs plus size clothes.

15. Are you a duct tape fanatic?

Duct Tape Stuck on Prom ContestIf you are creative and fashion-savvy, this scholarship is for you! Win $5,000 in scholarship money for your sense of design.

16. Like fungi?

The Mycological Society of America Scholarships offers scholarships for your research in mycology.

17. Do you like sheep?

The American Sheep Industry Association offers a $1,500 scholarship for those who are interested in sheep-related studies.

18. Do you love scrapbooking?

For students with artistic flair, scrapbooking acumen, or a love for design, the Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship from The Gallery Collection is a great way to get $10,000 for college. Competitors must design the front of a greeting card to be designed for business and consumer use.

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Written by Suzanne Shaffer

Suzanne Shaffer counsels parents and students in the college admissions process and the importance of early college preparation. Her Parents Countdown to College Coach blog offers timely college tips for parents and students, as well as providing parents with the resources necessary to help their college-bound teens navigate the college maze.

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