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50+ Weirdest Scholarships in the World

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Well truthfully, there are lots of weird things in the world, but who knew there are weird scholarships too? You will be shocked as you go through this article of the 50 weirdest scholarships in the world.

These very unique and unusual scholarships may be something for you, go on, take a look at some of them and find out which one of these weird scholarships in the world can benefit you. 

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50 Weirdest Scholarships in the World

1.  American Association for Nude Recreation Education Foundation

Award: $500 – $1500.00

Brief description

Sure, if we are to discuss weird scholarships, definitely the AANR Education Foundation’s Nude Recreation Scholarship should go down as one of the weirdest there is. 

The Foundation seeks to inform the public of an understanding to nudism. 

Eligibility 

  • Any student aged 17 and older who have AANR affiliation and/or experience are eligible to apply for the scholarship. 

2. CoffeeForLess.com Hit the Books Scholarship

Award: Up to $500 dollars

Brief description

CoffeeForLess.com is an online coffee retailer whose founders Jack and Lynn the founders were involved with stalling diabetes in young adults. 

So why is the Hit the Books Scholarship one of the 50 weirdest scholarships in the world? 

Because coffee can be addicting! Why give a scholarship to create an addiction? 

Well, they believe that their semi-annual Hit The Books Scholarship is a way of helping the young people meet their educational goals. What do you think? 

Eligibility 

  • Students aged between 18 and 25 who are enrolled in an accredited US college or university.

3. American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship

Award: $2,000. 

Brief description

I bet you didn’t know that there is a scholarship for people who own fire sprinklers. Anyways, the American Fire Sprinkler Association AFSA chooses to educate the public about the life-saving properties of automatic fire sprinklers.

This is a weird choice of information dissemination but well, lucky you. Apply now for the High School Senior College Scholarship Contest. 

Eligibility 

  • The scholarship is open to high school seniors who are either citizens or aliens (migrants) legally residing in the USA.

4. Doodle 4 Google Scholarship

Award: $80,000 and above

Brief description

The Doodle 4 Google should definitely be classified as weird. The scholarship sponsored by Google awards high school students for drawing a Google doodle. 

I love the rhyme! I just do not know why Google did it. 

For the 2021 Doodle Scholarship students were asked to make Google doodles based on the theme “I am strong because… ” 

Eligibility 

  • Applicants must be a high school student. 

5. Debt.com Scholarship for Aggressive Scholarship Applicants

Award: $500

Brief description

Well, if the Aggressive Scholarship does not make it to this list of 50 weirdest scholarships in the world, then no other will. 

You can only imagine what it means to offer an award based on the number of other awards you’ve applied for. 

Oh yes! Debt.com will give you $500 simply for applying for other scholarships. Totally odd! 

Eligibility 

  • Applicants can either be a high school student, a college student, or a graduate student. 
  • Must have applied for many scholarships as possible
  • Must have confirmation emails replies for each scholarship. 

6. Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

Award: Applicant will receive a cash scholarship of $10,000. Their school will receive a $1,000 prize. 

Brief description

It’s totally unusual to request that scholarship applicants submit designed greeting cards to obtain a scholarship. 

The Gallery Collection awards scholarships to students who have the best designs. 

Eligibility 

  • Applicant must be a high school or college/university Orr homeschooled student who is a legal resident of the United States
  • The applicant should be enrolled during the latter half of the academic year. 
  • The student must submit an original creative design. 
  • Applicant must be 14 years or older at time of entry

7. Mycological Society of America Scholarships

Award: $100 – $10,000

Brief description

The Mycological Society of America gives a series of awards just for the study of fungi! 

Research and academic work on those little organisms could win you a scholarship. Check your backyard there might be some fungi! 

Eligibility 

  • Undergraduates and Post graduate programs on Mycology 

8. The Gertrude J. Deppen Scholarship

Award: 

Brief description

Talk about requirements! 

The Gertrude J. Deppen Scholarship requires that the applicant 

  • should have lived in Mount Carmel for 10 years
  • must have graduated from the Mount Carmel Public High School. 
  • The applicant should not be a habitual user of tobacco, intoxicating liquor and narcotics. 
  • The applicant also should not participate in strenuous athletic contests. 

Perfect fit for a list of 50 weirdest scholarships in the world, isn’t it? 

Eligibility 

  • Full-time graduate students who fulfill the terms and conditions of the scholarship. 

9. Wholesale Halloween Costumes Scholarship

Award:  $500 to cover the expenses of tuition and books. 

Brief description

You can channel your pumpkin carving skills towards funding for your education during the next Halloween. 

It’s unusual but not scary enough. 

Eligibility 

  • Part time and full time college students. 
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States or hold a valid student visa

10. American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship

Award: Up to $12,500 

Brief description

It’s all about grapes, vines and wine! 

Do you love wine? Well you can consider having a vineyard at your backyard. It could win you some scholarships.  Truthfully! 

Eligibility 

  • Applicants must be current ASEV Student Members prior to applying for a scholarship.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students must be enrolled in or accepted into a full-time accredited four-year college or university in a degree program such as for a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral (thesis or professional).

11. American Association of Candy Technologists John Kitt Memorial Scholarship

Award: $5,000, paid in two $2,500 installments

Brief description

Scholarships for Candy? 

I couldn’t have made that up myself! 

With my love for candy, I think I am interested already! 

Eligibility 

  • College sophomore, junior or senior status (in 2021-2022) who is interested in Candy engineering 

12.American Board of Funeral Service Education National Scholarship Program

Award: $1,500 – $2,500 for an academic year 

Brief description

Who awards scholarships for funeral studies? Aren’t you scared of the grim reaper?. 

This is definitely a real contender as one of the 50 weirdest scholarships in the world. Well, people die I guess and they’ve got to be buried. 

Eligibility 

  • Completed at least one semester (or quarter) of study in a program in funeral service or mortuary science education
  • Be a citizen of the United States, U.S. or a Permanent Resident, 

13. Tattoo Journal Ink Scholarship

Award: 3500$

Brief description

For the Tattoo Journal Ink Scholarship, a student is required to write a 1000-1500 words essay on the topic, “BEHIND THE INK: myth and reality”. 

Sadly, essays are required to be typed on a computer and sent by email. 

I really looked forward to papers, quills and a post office run.

Eligibility 

  • Applicants must be an undergraduate or postgraduate student.

14. Hiram College Hal Reichle Scholarship

Award: Not Specified. 

Brief description

Imagine being awarded for community serving and giving. Being awarded for love and goodness. This warms my heart but it’s still an unusual scholarship. 

The person who the scholarship was created in his name, Hal Reichle actually lived his life like a real Santa Claus. 

Eligibility 

  • Hiram College sophomores or juniors. 

15. Prom Guide’s Cutest Couple Contest

Award: $1,000

Brief description

Well, one of the 50 weirdest scholarships requires you to submit cute Prom photos, the Cutest Couple gets votes to win. 

I just think I will be going for prom again! 

Eligibility 

  • Just completed prom. 

16. Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck at Prom Contest

Award: $10,000 Grand prize with runner up prizes. 

Brief description

We are talking about prom now. Imagine making your prom clothes out of Duct Tape! Now that’s odd. I wouldn’t do that unless I am a spy seeking to conceal my lethal weapons! 

Eligibility 

  • Take a picture in your Duct Tape clothes which has got everyone talking. 
  • Submit the picture. 

17. Starfleet Academy Scholarships

Award: Unspecified 

Brief description

Not everyone who watches Startrek Becomes a die hard fan. But to get awarded for being a Startrek fan who dreams about space? That’s a number. 

Definitely one of the 50 weirdest scholarships in the world. 

Eligibility 

  • Applicants must be a Starfleet member 
  • Must have been a starfleet member for at least one year before the application deadline . 

18. Shout It Out Scholarship

Award: $1,500

Brief description

How loud is your scream? You may want to take a shout, but on paper! 

As one of the 50 weirdest scholarships in the world, the “loudest” applicant receives a $1,500 scholarship award. 

Eligibility 

  • Must be U.S. students.
  • Must be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Must be 14 years of age or older at time of application.

19. Rolex European Scholarship

Award: North American Scholarship is $25,000, for the European Scholarship the amount is £20,000 and for the Australasian Scholarship, Aus $30,000.

Brief description

Funded by donations from Rolex Watch USA and Rolex-Geneva, the scholarship, with the bold mission of Fostering Leaders In 

The Underwater World makes me think of mermaids and mermen! 

Atlantis Stuff. Definitely one of the 50 weirdest scholarships in the world

Eligibility 

  • Minimum age of 21 and maximum age of 26 at the time of the application deadline (15 January 2022 for all regions)
  • Citizenship for the relevant Rolex Scholarship region (North America, Europe, and Australasia)
  • Applicant has not yet earned a graduate degree (i.e. Masters, Doctorate or similar) by April 1st of the scholarship year, and has not yet chosen a clearly defined career path
  • High academic standing
  • Fluency in English

20. Illuminating Engineering Society Scholarships

Award: Varying across the different nine scholarships available. 

Brief description

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to light up our world? 

The IES Scholarships award the Nikola Teslas and Thomas Edisons of our time. 

It wouldn’t be out of place to say I was shocked when I saw this Scholarship. 

Eligibility 

  • Available only to IES Members. 

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

Award: $1,000

Brief description

A scholarship which requires applicants to live in a mobile/manufactured home is odd.

The applicant must also have a plan to attend a two- or four-year nonprofit or public educational institution or university full time. 

Eligibility 

  • 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
  • Minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA.

22. National Potato Council Scholarship

Award: $10,000

Brief description

Have you got a boost for potatoes? Then here’s your deal. 

The National Potato Council is willing to fund students who are interested in making research for the increase of potatoes. An unusual request. 

Eligibility 

  • A graduate student with strong interest in research which can directly benefit the potato industry.

23. School Band and Orchestra Magazine Scholarship

Award: Five (5) $1,000 awards annually. 

Brief description

Oh, do you play clarinets or drums or pianos? You can get awarded a scholarship for playing any musical instrument. This is definitely one of the 50 weirdest scholarships in the world. 

Eligibility 

  • Students in grades 4 to 8 and five students grades 9 to 12 signing up through their music schools. 

24. Miller Electric International WorldSkills Competition Scholarship

Award: Two (2) $3,000 awards will be given annually. 

Brief description

Welding can sometimes be troublesome. Do you love welding?

Perhaps, this is for you. The Miller Electric International WorldSkills Competition Scholarship is one of the 50 weirdest scholarships in the world. 

Eligibility 

  • A full-time undergraduate student who will be a senior in a four-year bachelors degree in welding engineering technology (WET) or welding engineering (WE

25. Collegiate Inventors Competition

Award: Not Specified 

Brief description

If you think the word Inventors sounds dated, check again. Here is a scholarship award for inventors. 

So if you’ve created something beautiful and innovative, apply! Show the world your invention. 

Eligibility 

  • Promising college students 
  • Must have accomplished cutting-edge research and made a discovery.

26. Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship

Award: Full funding for tuition and housing in college. 

Brief description

Have you ever thought of getting a fully funded scholarship for just being a good ol’ caddie? 

I bet you haven’t. 

This odd Scholarship awards good caddies who have limited finances for furthering their education. 

Eligibility 

  • High-achieving college Caddies with limited financial means. 

27. Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

Award: A pot of $4,250

Brief description

Ever imagined getting awarded for calling ducks. This is totally weird! 

Who would have thought that calling ducks could get you an educational award?

Eligibility 

  • Graduating high school seniors

28. Branson Shows Inspired Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Brief description

For this scholarship you have to write an essay on how Branson’s shows have inspired you to realize your dreams. 

Write about how any of his shows gave you a boost and you are good to go! 

Eligibility 

  • Watched any of Branson’s Shows
  • Writing an essay on how his show inspired you to realize your dreams. 

29. The Asparagus Club Scholarship

Award: $4,000 each to the winning team of students and their university.

Brief description

No, it’s not a scholarship awarded to veggie lovers, that would have made it the weirdest in this list of 50 weirdest scholarships in the world. 

The scholarship is however awarded to students planning to be career grocers which is still odd. 

Eligibility 

  • Collegiate students pursuing degrees in food and retail programs 

30. Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Award: $20,000

Brief description

Talk about veggies! This is definitely the weirdest of the weird. Award is given to a student who has promoted vegetarianism in their school and/or community.

Well you should remember, vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl and vegans? They are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. 

Eligibility 

  • Applicants must be a graduating U.S. high school student. 
  • Must have promoted vegetarianism in their school and/or community.

31. Tall Clubs International Scholarship

Award: Unspecified 

Brief description

One of the 50 weirdest scholarships in the world, the Tall Club International Scholarship is an educational scholarship awarded to teenage students who are really tall.

So what are you waiting for? Get a scholarship with your insane height! 

Eligibility 

  • All applicants must be under the age of 21.
  • Applicants should be about to enter their first year of higher education.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum height requirements for membership in Tall Clubs International—5′ 10″ (178 cm) for women and 6′ 2″ (188 cm) for men in—stocking feet.

32. Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry William L. Cullison Scholarship

Award: $4000

Brief description

Talk about felling more trees, environmentalists will be pissed! 

The award goes to students pursuing a career in the Pulp and Paper Industry. 

Eligibility 

  • Students entering their third year of college in pursuit of an academic path related to a career in the pulp, paper, corrugated and converting industries. 

33. Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

Award: $2,000

Brief description

Finally, a scholarship for Zombies, oh, sorry, Fans of zombie movies. 

Who awards a zombie Scholarship anyways? This of course fits in a list of 50 weirdest scholarships in the world. 

Eligibility 

  • Must be 14 years of age or older at time of application.
  • Must be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Love apocalyptic movies 

34. Zolp Scholarship

Award: Unspecified 

Brief description

Ever heard of someone with the name Zolp? I bet you haven’t, neither have I. 

The Zolp Scholarship however, requests applicants to have a last name spelled “Zolp”. And the applicant must be a Roman Catholic too. 

Eligibility 

  • Applicant must attend Loyola University Chicago.
  • Prospective candidates must be admitted to Loyola by February 1st. 
  • Have a last name spelled “Zolp” which appears both on the applicant’s birth certificate and confirmation or baptismal certificate.

35. Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation Scholarship

Award: $5,000

Brief description

The SVC Foundation Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to students studying a field related to vacuum coating technology is one of the 50 weirdest scholarships in the world. 

Eligibility 

  • Anyone attending an accredited technical, vocational, two-year, undergraduate or graduate school may apply.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time during the semesters of award. 

36. Parapsychological Association Research Endowment

Award: $2,000 – $5,000

Brief description

Parapsychology, is the scientific study of psychic phenomena and other paranormal happenings 

To obtain a scholarship for chasing ghosts, that’s odd. 

Eligibility 

  • Parapsychological researchers and students. 

37. National Marbles Tournament Scholarship: $2,000

Award: Unspecified 

Brief description

Throwing marbles is a game we’ve all played. The National Marble Tournament however has taken it to a national stage. 

Over 1200 marble games is played over 4 days and the winner gets awarded with a scholarship. 

Eligibility 

  • Mibsters aged 7-14 who have won a local championship
  • Collegiate students 

38. Clowns of America, International Scholarship

Award: Unspecified 

Brief description

Would you believe a scholarship awarded by Clowns? Well, I wouldn’t believe it, I mean, it could be a joke taken too far. But well, you could give it a try. 

The clownery of it is totally worth studying. 

Eligibility 

  • People who choose to study the art of clownery at the Clowns of America International COAI

39. Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship

Award: Unspecified 

Brief description

Computer games have swept across the globe, especially with digital devices being rampant. Now, imagine playing a game to win a scholarship! 

It’s one of the 50 weirdest scholarships in the world. 

Eligibility 

  • High School Students. 

40. The AMIA’s Audio-visual Archiving and Technology Scholarship

Award: $4,000

Brief description

The AMIA’s Audio-visual Archiving and Technology Scholarship is a scholarship specifically for students who are in pursuit of careers in moving image archiving.

It’s not everyday you see people trying to save or document happenings. It’s unusual and unique. 

Eligibility 

  • Students pursuing a career in moving image archiving. 

41. UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette-USA) Scholarship

Award: Covers Tuition 

Brief description

Oh puppets, dancing as you tune your strings. It’s odd to see a scholarship for professional puppetry training. 

Eligibility 

  • American puppeteers who wish to study puppetry outside the U.S. 
  • Applicants should be puppeteers who have some professional experience. 
  • Applicants should have a university degree in puppetry or should be able to demonstrate a serious commitment to the art. 

42. John Gatling Scholarship

Award: Unspecified 

Brief description

Yet another scholarship for names. This scholarship benefits students with the surname “Gatling” or “Gatlin.” 

Awarding scholarships to students based on the name they bear definitely has a place as one of the 50 weirdest scholarships in the world. 

Eligibility 

  • Receipt of a major university award in NC State University 

43. The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing

Award:  Two scholarships for up to $500 

Brief description

If you are a mystery writer—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting, this is your deal. But why only mystery though? 

However, the Helen McCloy Scholarship contest is on hold until further notice.

Eligibility 

  • Serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills

44. Make Me Laugh Scholarship

Award: $1,500

Brief description

Okay, we’ve discussed lots of weird Scholarships and we have included that for comedians? Oh, come on! 

The Make Me Laugh Scholarship is a fun scholarship that requires you to make us laugh through a written Essay. 

Looking for a scholarship for comedians? Now is your chance to get awarded for your funny bone. 

Eligibility 

  • Must be 14 years of age or older at time of application.
  • Must be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. 
  • Must be a US citizen. 

45. Halloween Costume Scholarship

Award: $500

Brief description

It’s Halloween again, and another Pumpkin carving contest in our list of 50 weirdest scholarships in the world. 

Win an award for carving a pumpkin. 

Eligibility 

  • College students. 
  • Must be enrolled at an accredited two or four year college or vocational school within the United States. 

46. Discover Scholarship Award

Award: $5,000

Brief description

Now this is totally weird to call this a scholarship. I mean, this should be called a lottery not a scholarship award. 

They even call awardees Sweepstakes! Man! 

Eligibility 

  • Entrants must also be a high school senior student or equivalent

47. Brilliance Scholarship

Award: $1,500

Brief description

Are you creative? Can you design jewelry? Here’s one for you. 

A $1,500 scholarship based on your jewelry design abilities

Eligibility 

  • Collegiate Students 
  •  Creative student of any discipline 

48. Do Something’s Easy Scholarships

Award: Up to $2,000 

Brief description

Interested in volunteering and community service? Here’s a scholarship for you. 

All you have to do is carry out volunteer activities for the benefit of your community. 

Eligibility 

  • A 25 years old or younger 
  • Must live in the US or Canada (or are a citizen of either country, but living abroad)

49. Superpower Scholarship

Award: $2,500

Brief description

Writing a 250 word essay on “Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?” is definitely a weird Scholarship to apply for. 

So can you tell us your superpower? 

Eligibility 

  • Any Student can apply. 

50. Rodeo Enthusiast Scholarship

Award: $500

Brief description

Are you a cowboy or a Rodeo Enthusiast? Well, writing an essay about your Rodeo experience is going to win you some scholarship.

Although I live rodeos too, I think it is weird to have a scholarship made specifically for only Rodeo lovers. So it fits in this list of 50 weirdest scholarships in the world

Eligibility 

  • Students of any discipline can apply. 

51.The Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Left Handed Scholarship

Award: $1000 – $1500

Brief description

This is the only verified scholarship fund for left handers, the Frederick and Mary F. Beckley scholarship.

Have you ever thought lefthanded people are unique? Well, they’re forming a clique now. 

Eligibility 

  • The scholarship is strictly for lefties. 
  • You must be a student at Juniata College, Pennsylvania. 

Conclusion

Did you find an odd scholarship fitting for you? Let us know in the comment section below. You can also give us a heads-up if you’ve come across any other weird/unique scholarship out there. 

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