9 Unusual Scholarships to Help You Pay Your Way Through College
If you’re attending college in the fall, you’ve probably filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you haven’t done this yet, then what are you waiting for? Regardless, you may think it’s your only shot at getting financial aid for school.
It’s definitely not.
You need to apply for other scholarships! If you’re telling yourself it’s not worth it to spend all that time researching and applying because you’ll never win a scholarship, stop thinking like that. There are TONS of scholarships and there’s even one for you out there.
Have any hidden talents? Do you watch T.V.? Do you have a last name? These characteristics could be your one-way ticket to a scholarship.
We’re not kidding.
Check out these 9 unusual scholarships that can help you pay your way through college.
1. Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships
If you’ve been blessed with the gift of height, listen up. Tall Clubs International will give you a scholarship for just being tall! You must be 21 years old or younger and starting college for the first time in the fall. Women must be 5’10” or taller and men must be 6’2” or taller. You must also find a local Tall Club member to sponsor you. You can receive up to $1000 if you win the award.
2. National Potato Council Scholarship
Are you a potato fanatic? Then this is the scholarship for you! Every year, the National Potato Council (NPC—yes, this is a thing) gives out a $10,000 academic scholarship to one grad student conducting research to better the potato industry or its commercial value.
To be selected, you must have good leadership abilities, great grades, be in a potato-related area of graduate study and be involved in extracurricular activities. You must also write a 200-word or less paper on how your potato-related goals and ambitions make you a deserving recipient of the aid.
3. Common Knowledge Scholarships
Do you know a little about a lot? How about a lot about a lot? Then the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation presents to you: Common Knowledge Scholarships. You can get rewarded up to $2500 scholarships for participating in monthly Internet-based quiz competitions that cover a variety of topics, including common knowledge, specific academic subjects and even sports.
4. Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest
If you’re the best duck caller in your town, then here’s a scholarship for you! High school seniors are eligible for this award and the contest is held in Stuttgart, AR. The first-place winner receives $2000, second place receives $1000, third place receives $750 and fourth place receives $500.
The contest has been around for 43 years and has doled out over $73,000 in scholarships to young people wanting to attend college.
5. Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest
Greeting cards aren’t easy to put together. Sure, your mom appreciates the homemade one you made her for Mother’s Day, but if you actually want to get your card idea published, you must jump through hoops to get it done.
Your greeting card idea could get you funding for college though. High school and college students who are legal residents in the United States or Canada can create a greeting card to win a $10,000 scholarship. The card will be judged on aesthetic appeal, quality of execution, creativity, originality, incorporation of design elements, greeting card appropriateness, attractiveness to consumers and suitability to a specific line of greeting cards.
6. Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship
Not good at sports? Specifically, golf? Don’t worry, you can always take up the job of being a caddie! You can earn scholarship money for it. The scholarship is sponsored by the Western Golf Association and the Evans Scholar Foundation.
You must have a strong caddie record, great academics, outstanding character and be able to demonstrate financial need. If you’re chosen, you could get your full tuition and housing costs covered!
And you thought being a caddie didn’t come with any perks!
7. Doodle 4 Google
Every time you visit Google, there’s a different image or illustration on the home page around the word, “Google.” That image is called the Google Doodle. Did you know you can create one AND get awarded a $30,000 scholarship for it? You can!
To qualify, you must be a high school student and create a doodle based on the question, “What inspires me?” If your doodle is chosen, your school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant as well!
8. Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
The Walking Dead fans and Fallout fans, rejoice! This is your scholarship! You can earn $2000 just for knowing what to do in a zombie apocalypse! If you’re a U.S. resident and over 13 years old, write a 250-words or less essay on how you plan on avoiding zombies, where you would hide and 5 things you would bring with you to stay alive if your school had been overrun by the dead. This scholarship is annual, so you have time to study up on what you would do in this emergency!
9. Zolp Scholarship
This scholarship is super specific, but it could apply to you! Do you go to Loyola University Chicago? Are you Catholic? Do you have a minimum 3.0 GPA? Do you have the last name of “Zolp?” If so, then you win!
The award amount varies and it’s renewable, but it’s a very uncommon type of scholarship. Who knew you could benefit just from having a certain last name?
If none of these scholarships apply to you, do a quick Google search! You never know what random scholarship you could find to apply to that could change your life forever.