18 of the Weirdest Scholarships for College

Weird Scholarships

Ok, so everyone knows there are a lot of scholarships out there to choose from, some more competitive than others. However, maybe you didn’t know about some of these unusual offers. There might be some crazier scholarships available than these, but not that we could find…

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The Parapsychology Foundation Inc. Scholarship
If you’re really big on psychic phenomena, this might be for you. The Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship offers $3,000 to an undergraduate or graduate student studying or conducting research in the area of psychic phenomena. Of course, you already knew that didn’t you? Winners are announced telepathically.

The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Scholarship
The World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest gives each person 90 seconds to use four calls (hail, feed, comeback and mating). If you have any idea what that first sentence means, this scholarship might be for you. Any high school senior in the United States is eligible to participate in the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest, which is held every year in Stuttgart, Arkansas. The best duck call gets the $1,500 scholarship. Second best gets to keep the duck.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy Scholarship
Yeeeeeeee Hawwwwwww! Did your ancestors lose (I mean, fight in) the civil war for the South? Direct decedents of confederate soldiers, sailors and marines are eligible for the $1,000 Helene James Brewer Scholarship. Applicants must also reside in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia and plan to study southern history or literature at an accredited college. Additionally, proof of Confederate Military Record and line of decent from the Confederate ancestor must be submitted.

The Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation Scholarship
Any student of an accredited educational institution currently enrolled in a course of study relating to vacuum coating technology are eligible for this $2,500 scholarship. Each year, the two most qualified candidates receive the scholarship and are invited to a Technical Conference held by the world’s foremost experts in vacuum coating technology. If you are one of the four people in the world that know what the hell this means, you have a 50% chance of winning.

National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance Scholarship- New England Chapter
Single, overweight high-school seniors that have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA at a New England high school are eligible for this one. Each year two people win the $500 prize. I would make a joke about them spending the $500 on candy bars, but that would be just plain wrong.

The National Candy Technologists Scholarship
Speaking of Snickers aficionados – The American Association of Candy Technologists (AACT) awards a $5,000 scholarship to one food science or related field major every year. Candidates must maintain a 3.0 GPA, attend an accredited four-year college, have sophomore or junior status, and have a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology. I think that’s a fancy way of saying you have to like candy. Not sure if you can use scholarships #5 and #6 together, or not.

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Scholarship
Speaking of the munchies – NORML awards a $650 scholarship (that’s like 65 dime bags, bro!) every year to the student who writes the best essay describing a more sensible approach to the drug policy for the United States.

National Marbles Tournament Scholarships
The National Marbles Tournament awards two $2,000 scholarship prizes every year during their four-day tournaments. These tournaments are held in different cities every year, so you’ll have to find out where the tournament is, and bring your marbles. Lots of marbles. It’s been estimated that there are over 1,000 games played by the end of the tourney, so only the best shooters get a shot at this one.

The Make It Yourself Wool Contest (MIYWC)
The American Sheep Industry Association actually awards $1,000 – $2,000 scholarships to whoever can prove to be the best crotchetier, knitter or sewer by constructing their own garments from wool. First you have to be the best in your state tourney, then on to the national competition where winners are awarded the money.

The Klingon Language Institute’s (KLI) Kor Memorial Scholarship
There is actually a $500 scholarship awarded each year to a student studying foreign language (and it doesn’t even have to be Klingon). Award goes to undergrad or grad, but I would imagine it would have to go to the biggest Star Trek fan that applies. Winner is announced at the annual KLI conference.

The Lambert and Annetje Van Valkenburg Memorial Scholarship
Anyone who can prove they are a direct descendant of Lambert and Annetje Van Valkenburg is eligible to apply for this $1,000 scholarship. Due to the obviously low number of applicants the criteria was loosened some, to anyone legally adopted into a Van Valkenburg family or those with any variation in the spelling of the last name to also be considered. So all you Van Valkenburg’s – go get your money.

Left-handed scholarship
If you’re left handed and you attend Juniata College in Pennsylvania, then you automatically meet the criteria for the Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Scholarship of up to $1,000. If you’re right-handed, be sure to practice filling out forms and signing your name left-handed before you go trying to scam money from your more deserving, left-handed classmates.

The American Fire-Sprinkler Association Scholarship
Easy money here – write an essay about a successful fire-sprinkler activation in your state to be eligible for the seven (yes, 7) $3,000 scholarships awarded each year.

The National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) Scholarships
The NCTA awards a $500 scholarship for whoever submits the best YouTube video explaining why real Christmas trees are better than fake ones. Entitled “Get Real This Christmas – YouTube Video Scholarship”. We were unable to find out if Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews, Muslims, Hindus etc are allowed to pretend just for the money.

Stuck-at-Prom Contest
Duck brand duct tape sponsors the annual Stuck-at-Prom contest, which awards $5,000 to the couple wearing the coolest outfits made out of duct tape. Be forewarned, having the balls to go to your prom wearing nothing but duct tape guarantees nothing – they receive over 4,000 entries a year for the awards. And what looks even dumber than that powder blue tux your dad wore to his prom? You guessed it.

Tall Clubs International (TCI) Scholarships
Are you suffering from Cerebral Tallsy? Then TCI’s scholarship might be just for you. Female applicants must be at least 5’10″ and male applicants at least 6’2″. Multiple scholarships of $1,000 are awarded every year.

Carnegie Mellon University Bagpipe Scholarship
Want some easy money? Like wearing kilts? Study the bagpipe! Every year, Carnegie Mellon University offers a $7,000 scholarship to any student who wants to study the bagpipe. Apparently, most people would rather take their chances robbing a bank, since most of the time this scholarship goes unclaimed.

The Goodie-Goodie Scholarship
To qualify for this scholarship, the student must attend Bucknell University, must not drink, smoke, chew tobacco, take drugs or participate in any form of strenuous athletic contests. Awards vary, but really – is it worth it?

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