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What Weird Scholarships Are Unique to Apply for?

Weird scholarships allow you to cash in on your unique personality quirks. Let’s face it, most scholarships reward merit and financial need. But weird scholarships tend to have more to do with your outside school interests. Things like a love of sci-fi, zombies, doodling or a zest for all things paranormal.

Like any scholarship, the weirdest scholarships come with rules about who is eligible. There are many set aside for high school and college students. So, age is a common criterion. Most scholarships want to know if you are a US citizen or permanent resident.

What Weird Scholarships Could Help Pay for College?

To find weird scholarships, you should “think outside the box”. These odd scholarships may come from scholarship sites, nonprofits, businesses, member groups and other sources.

Unique scholarships tend to ask you to fill out a simple form. So, you often need to populate certain fields with name, email and other data about yourself. Along with these details, you may need to submit a project. Some unique submissions can be an artwork, poem or video.

Whatever the task is to win a weird scholarship, follow the instructions to a T. Stick to the word count, get creative, spell check and edit before you submit too. To give you an idea of how to apply and win a weird scholarship, here are two examples.

Are you a “Walking Dead” fan? If so, why not apply for the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship! If selected, the scholarship award is $2,000 and asks for a 250 word essay on a prompted question.

In a nutshell you imagine your school is overrun with zombies. Then you’ll have to come up with a plan to avoid the zombies. Read the full question, stick to the word count and try to survive.

If drawing is more your thing, there’s the Doodle for Google Scholarship. If you are selected, the scholarship award is $30,000 to a national winner. To apply you get to think big and redesign the Google homepage logo. Remember to be original while also keeping in mind, there is a theme to stick to.

Why You Should Apply for a Scholarship?

A weird scholarship may be useful if your goal is to earn a four year college degree. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, college might cost about $17,000 at a public college. It’s possibly higher if you study at a private school.

Since a scholarship is not a loan, you typically don’t have to worry about paying it back. So, the money could pay for tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing and food.

List of Weird Scholarships

Check out our list of weird scholarships below. We have 64 awards worth $163K.

Doodle for Google

The Doodle 4 Google competition is offered annually for students in grades K-12. To apply, one must submit a sketch or image including the Google logo in the context of this year’s theme. All doodles must be sent no later than the deadline. Click here to learn more and apply today!

Total: $100000

Awards: 5

Deadline: February 26, 2021

Asparagus Club Scholarships

The NGA Foundation seeks to position the industry as an employer of choice for college students. They are also committed to supporting students planning careers with independent grocers. To this end, since 1990 NGA and its affiliates have awarded over $1 million in scholarships. The Asparagus Club is one affiliate. Founded in 1909, it is a member group in the independent grocery industry. Asparagus Club Scholarships are five scholarships awarded annually each for up to four semesters.

Total: $5000

Awards: 5

Deadline: April 20, 2021

Flavor of the Month Scholarship

This award is open to all U.S. students who are 14 and older and who are currently enrolled (or enroll no later than fall of 2025) in an accredited postsecondary institution of higher education. One scholarship winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Total: $1500

Awards: 1

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

This creative and fun scholarship program is open to all U.S. students who are 14 and older and who are currently enrolled (or enroll no later than fall of 2026) in an accredited postsecondary institution of higher education. One scholarship winner with an imaginative and well-written response to the scholarship question about the Zombie Apocalypse will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Total: $2000

Awards: 1

Deadline: October 31, 2021

Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship and Training Grants

The members of Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) are an elite group that includes the most notable women leaders and innovators in the diving community. To celebrate the Women Divers Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary, they will award 20 training grants for open water dive training. These grants are open to any and all women of any age, from anywhere in the world, who want to learn how to dive. If you are already certified to dive, you are not eligible to apply for this grant. Each award is $1000. The funds can be spent entirely on training, or a combination of training and dive equipment (up to $500 for dive equipment). Funds will be paid directly to the dive training facility, and not to the awardee. Awardees will have 18 months to use the grant. Training must be completed by December 31, 2021. Once training has been completed, a written report (with photos) detailing how you used the grant is required.

Total: $42500

Awards: 17

Deadline: October 31, 2021 Scholarship For Aggressive Scholarship Applicants

This scholarship is open to U.S. and international high school and college/university students. Students must have applied for other scholarships and submit proof of applications.

Total: $500

Awards: 6

Deadline: December 31

Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship

This award is for high school seniors and college students who have an interest in Magic: The Gathering trading card game.

Total: $5000

Awards: 2

Deadline: March 31

Charlie and Kathy Barnhart and Ken Haynes, Jr. Manufactured Housing Association Scholarship Program

This award is available for U.S. graduating high school seniors who have been residents of New Mexico for one year or more and attend a New Mexico high school. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and live in a mobile or manufactured home.

Total: $1000

Awards: 2

Deadline: April 04

New State of Mind Scholarship is a digital platform and non profit. It is exclusively for young people and social change. And, has awarded $1.2 million in scholarships over the past 6 years to over 300 winners. For this campaign you send DoSomething members tips on how you get through these particularly stressful times. They’ll use your advice to create New State of Mind, a first-of-its-kind mental health guide that’s for students, by students. They’ll send New State of Mind to students and educators to make an immediate difference for young people across the country.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: April 30

Ready Set Vote Scholarship is a digital platform and non profit. It is exclusively for young people and social change. And, has awarded $1.2 million in scholarships over the past 6 years to over 300 winners. Voting is one of the most impactful ways to make a difference on the issues that matter to you and your friends. Registering to vote takes less than 2 minutes, so help your friends get registered! By signing up, you’ll get a personalized voter registration page and we’ll give you tips on how to reach out to your friends with your page. For this campaign every time you share your voter registration page before April 30, you’ll be entered for a chance at winning a $1,500 scholarship.

Total: $1500

Awards: 1

Deadline: May 01

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