200 Unique and Weird Scholarships Worth Applying For

Updated for 2018-2019

Are you a musician with aviation aspirations, wanting to someday become a pilot? Are you anticipating the Zombie Apocalypse in the near future and have some ideas on how you would survive? Ok, here’s the more important question: do you need money to help pay for college? We’ve searched the cosmos and gathered 200 unique and weird scholarships worth applying for – when combined, they total over $800,000 in award money!

Our goal was to create a fantastic resource for students who want to make education a reality and highlight the great organizations sponsoring the scholarships. Whether it’s writing an essay about a creative topic, studying overseas, or pursing your love for chocolate, you’ll likely find a scholarship here that you never imagined actually exists. Use the links below to quickly navigate to a section that may apply to you.

Each category outlines the types of scholarships you’ll find there. For each scholarship, we’ve provided the sponsoring organization or company, the award amount, and a link directly to their application, making it easy for you to find and, more importantly, apply for it! While most of these scholarships are intended for use to pay for college, there are unique opportunities on the list for fellowships and alternative ways of furthering your knowledge of a field or subject.

Thanks to all of the organizations helping make education a reality for students!

Scott Hawksworth

Scott Hawksworth
Founder and Podcast Host, YesCollege

 

Patently Unique (or Weird) Scholarships

These scholarships are the cream of the crop, the most unique of the unique. They stand out from the crowd because they highlight a feature that is unique to you (shout-out to all of the tall people), or the subject is so specific that we couldn’t find anything else like it. Here you can find a scholarship that will let you write about fire sprinklers, showcase your interest in antique dolls or parapsychology, or create an amazing greeting card. There’s a scholarship out there for everyone.

  • Stuck at Prom

    From Duck Brand

    Duck Brand products holds an annual contest to see who can make the best Prom outfit from Duck Tape. The first place "Dress" and "Tux" category winners each receive a $10,000 award, and there are eight runner-up prize packs worth $100 each.

  • UFDC Scholarships

    From United Federation of Doll Clubs

    The United Federation of Dolls Clubs (UFDC) Scholarship Fund was created to promote research, knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of dolls. Applicants can only apply to one of the four UFDC Scholarships, and should pick the one that best supports the applicant’s research, antique dolls, doll composition, modern/collectible dolls, or costuming dolls.

  • Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

    From Unigo

    The Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship gives students the opportunity to be creative with the latest trend: zombies. This application asks students to plan ahead for an apocalypse and to be creative with their survival skills. This is the perfect scholarship opportunity for those with active imaginations who take interest in scare-culture.

  • The Norris Scholarship

    From Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York

    The Norris Scholarship seeks to promote the future of the Christmas tree industry by funding an annual scholarship to one or more eligible college students. These scholarships are awarded based on academic and leadership excellence and involvement in the Christmas tree industry.

  • AFSA Scholarships

    From The American Fire Sprinkler Association

    The American Fire Sprinkler Association has $2,000 and $1,000 scholarships that are awarded to students who submit the required documents, including an essay on automatic fire sprinklers.

  • Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship

    From The Gallery Collection

    Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest is sponsored by Prudent Publishing Company, Inc. /The Gallery Collection. The online application must include an original work of art or photograph. The applicant with the winning entry will receive a cash scholarship of $10,000 plus a $1,000 prize for their school.

  • Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship

    From Parapsychology Foundation

    The Parapsychology Foundation founded a scholarship in memory of Eileen J. Garrett and is for undergraduate and graduate students who are currently pursuing an academic path for a career in parapsychology. The scholarship is for $2,000.

  • FMA Solo Scholarship

    From Flying Musicians Association (FMA), Inc.

    Music directors are able to nominate an excellent high school junior or senior music student (at least 16 years old) for this award, if the student also has a desire to fly. Selected students will receive a scholarship award (amount varies depending on available funds), and be partnered with a local flight school in the Flying Musicians Association network.

  • Tall Pines Quilt Guild Scholarships

    From Tall Pines Quilt Guild

    These scholarships are awarded to graduating high school students who live in the Tall Pines Quilt Guild membership area. Eligible students must either be able to demonstrate a proficiency in sewing, or plan on pursuing a math education degree. Scholarship award amounts vary each year based on funding, but typically range from $500 - $1,000 per student.

  • Doodle 4 Google Competition

    From Google

    This competition is available to all K-12 students in the U.S. (and U.S. Territories). Each student is asked to creatively address the theme, "What inspires me" using the letters from the Google logo to create the Doodle. Doodles are judged, and are grouped into five grade groups. The panel of judges varies each year, and they pick one finalist from each grade group (five total), and one national winner whose Google Doodle will be featured on Google.com.

  • Moroney Awards for Scholarship in Postal History

    From United States Postal Service

    The United States Postal Service sponsors two biennial prizes for research on the history of the American postal system, the Rita Lloyd Moroney Awards. There are two types of awards: junior scholars (undergraduates and graduate students) are eligible for a $1,000 award and scholarships by senior scholars (faculty members, independent scholars, and public historians) are eligible for a $2,000 award.

  • C.A.T.S. Tall Club Scholarship Program

    From The Central Arizona Tall Society

    The Central Arizona Tall Society gives a scholarship to a girl of at least 5’10" and a boy at least 6’2” in an award of $250. The student must live in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

  • WJA Student Scholarship

    From Women's Jewelry Association (WJA)

    The WJA Student Scholarships award amounts vary each year, and are available to female students who are enrolled in fine jewelry and watch courses. The scholarships are awarded in three different categories, Designer/Creator (based on images of finished pieces), Designer (based on CAD and/or design drawings), and Non-Designer (essay-based for aspiring gemologists, appraisers, watch-makers, bench jewelers, or retailers).

  • Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to Reduce Tobacco Use Among Priority Populations

    From Truth Initiative

    Truth Initiative offers two $5,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who have participated in tobacco-related community service. Students applying to the scholarship need to create culturally appropriate health messages using visual arts, media, creative writing, or another creative format.

  • Michigan Pagan Scholarship

    From Michigan Pagan Scholarships

    For students who are practicing Pagan, Michigan Pagan Scholarships offers eligible students, who reside in the State of Michigan, an opportunity to earn funds for college. Letters of recommendation are required, and applicants must plan to attend college or technical school the semester following his or her high school graduation.

  • Amish Descendant Scholarship

    From Amish Descendant Scholarship Fund (ADSF)

    This scholarship is specifically catered to applicants who grew up Amish and their families are still Amish. The award amount varies each year based on available funds, and eligible applicants must have a GED or high school diploma, and be able to provide proof of enrollment in an accredited higher education institution.

  • Tall Clubs International Foundation Scholarship

    From Tall Clubs International

    This scholarship is for Tall Club International Members who are under 21 years old, about to enter their first year of higher education, and meet certain height requirements. Women applying for the scholarship must be at least 5’10" (178 cm) tall, and men applying must be at least 6’2" (188 cm) tall.

  • Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship

    From Comedy Defensive Driving

    This scholarship from Comedy Defensive Driving is open to students planning on or currently attending an accredited higher education institution. Applicants must create an advertisement (PSA, commercial, music, billboards, media, graphics, etc.) about the dangers of distracted driving. Winning advertisements will be selected based on quality, usability, effectiveness, creativity, helpfulness, and a bit of humor/irony.

  • Davidson Fellows Scholarship

    From Davidson Institute

    The Davidson Fellows Scholarships are considered to be among the most prestegious and largest in the world. They award $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 to students who have completed a significant piece of work before 18 in areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, or "Outside the Box."

  • The Lang Antiques Fine Arts Scholarship

    From Lang Antiques

    Any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited academic institution is eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must submit a 500-word or more essay about how a work of art from the past influences your current artistic style, and what style/technique do you think will be popular in the future.

  • IP Video Contest

    From Intellectual Property (IP) Owners Education Foundation

    For the IP Video Contest, students submit a 60-second video that addresses patents in some way, including why you wish you had a patent, what would the world be like without patents, an invention that changed your life, etc., whatever you can think of that can be made into a one-minute video. This contest is divided into three age brackets, 13-15, 16-18, and 19+, and only one winner is selected for each age group.

  • Foreclosure.com Scholarship

    From Foreclosure.com

    Foreclosure.com holds an annual scholarship contest in which students are given a hypothetical scenario that they must write an essay detailing how they would navigate the particular situation.

  • Courageous Persuaders

    From Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Education Foundation

    U.S. and Canadian high school students can create a 30-second (or less) video commercial about the dangers of underage drinking or texting while driving, to be eligible to win the Courageous Persuaders Scholarship. The goal of the commercial is to warn middle-school students about these dangers. Students can enter the competition individually or as a team.

  • International Peace Scholarship

    From Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.)

    Each year P.E.O. awards an International Peace Scholarship to help women pursue graduate degrees in college. The scholarship is worth up to $12,500 and has particular restrictions barring early doctoral candidates from the award.

  • AMIA Scholarship Program

    From The Association of Moving Image Archivists

    The AMIA Scholarship Program is for graduate students majoring in moving image studies, library or information science, archival administration, museum studies, or a related field. Selected students will then be awarded scholarships from Sony Pictures, Rick Chace Foundation, or Universal Studios.

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Unique Scholarships about Agriculture and Animals

If you love animals or have a green thumb, then this list is a great place to start for fun scholarships relating to agriculture and animals. Many of these scholarships are geared toward those interested in riding horses, taking care of sheep and cattle, and rescuing animals, or if you plan on pursuing a career in environmental sciences, the dairy industry, horticulture sciences, food distribution, or even growing potatoes or corn!

Unique Scholarships about Agriculture and Animals

  • Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship

    From Washington State Potato Foundation

    This scholarship is available to sophomores in college and above, including graduate students, who are in an agriculture-related degree program with the goal to pursue a career in potato growing in Washington and Oregon. The winner of the award can receive a scholarship of up to $5,000, and will have networking, leadership, and speaking opportunities with professionals in this industry.

  • Robert J. Marriott Scholarship Grant

    From Fly Fishers International

    The Robert J. Marriott Scholarship Grant from the International Federation of Fly Fishers awards $500 to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in biology or a similar field, and specializing in fishery management.

  • NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship

    From National Corn Growers Association (NCGA)

    This scholarship offered by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is available to NCGA members or dependents of NCGA members. Eligible students must be entering at least their second year of undergraduate study in an agricultural, agribusiness, or agricultural vocation field.

  • National Dairy Shrine Scholarships

    From National Dairy Shrine

    The National Dairy Shrine Scholarships are for students who have been accepted into or are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, and are pursuing a dairy or agricultural-related degree. Awards can be based on academics, leadership, activities, and/or interest in the dairy and/or agriculture industry.

  • Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship

    From American Sheep Industry Association

    Through the American Sheep Industry Association, a Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 is available for sheep-related graduate studies. The scholarship is for the advancement of the sheep industry, lamb and wool, through supporting students involved in graduate-level (MS or PhD) at a school in the U.S.

  • Appaloosa Youth Association Scholarships

    From Appaloosa Youth Association

    The Appaloosa Youth Foundation awards six youth educational scholarships of up to $1,000 each, one from each of the six territories of the Appaloosa Horse Club. Applicants must currently maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent 5.2 on a 6.0 scale.

  • Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship

    From P.L.A.Y

    P.L.A.Y.’s annual Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship for one student who can tell the best story, describing the impact he or she made in the life of a rescue animal or animal welfare cause in general. All participants must be enrolled as a full-time high school senior.

  • Boyd Lyon Scholarship

    From The Ocean Foundation

    The Boyd Lyon Scholarship is for graduate and doctoral students enrolled in a field of study about oceanography, marine affairs, environmental sciences, public policy, community planning, or natural resources. Students must also be working and/or researching sea turtle behavior, habitat needs, and conservation. Winners are given a one-time award of $2,500.

  • Proven Winners Horticulture Scholarship Program

    From Proven Winners

    Proven Winners offers scholarships to students in both 4-year universities as well as community colleges and vocational schools that are in horticultural science or related fields. Scholarships are awarded to students attending technical or 2-year post-secondary institutions and students attending 4-year colleges and universities.

  • National Potato Council (NPC) Scholarship

    From National Potato Council (NPC)

    The National Potato Council Scholarship awards a scholarship each year for $10,000 to a graduate student who is currently conducting research to benefit the potato industry.

  • Arabian Horse Foundation Scholarship

    From Arabian Horse Foundation

    The Arabian Horse Foundation Scholarship is available to youth members of the Arabian Horse Association. Applicants must provide transcripts, ACT/SAT (or similar testing) scores, and two letters of recommendation in addition to submitting the main application form. Scholarships are awarded to full-time students who can demonstrate financial need, academic ability, leadership, and equine involvement.

  • DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship Program

    From Dairy Farmers of America

    The Dairy Farmers of America offers the DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship program to help support students pursuing a career in the dairy industry or a related field. Applicant must demonstrate commitment and passion for a career in the dairy industry by answering essay questions.

  • AQHA Scholarships

    From American Quarter Horse Association

    The AQHA Scholarships are awarded to students who have underlined academic achievement, financial need, and, very importantly, are involvement in the American Quarter Horse Association. The amount of the scholarships are announced annually.

  • RMEF Wildlife Leadership Awards

    From Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF)

    The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Wildlife Leadership Awards to juniors and seniors in college who have a proven record in leadership and a passion for wildlife conservation. The scholarship is for $3,000 and includes a one-year membership to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

  • AVMF Scholarships

    From American Veterinary Medical Foundation

    The American Veterinary Medical Foundation awards scholarships to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students attending accredited colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States. Scholarship funds vary depending on the type of scholarship and are awarded to students who have made extraordinary accomplishments in their veterinary education.

  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarships

    From The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

    The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo awards numerous scholarships with varying requirements and sizes. Some requirements include a minimum of a 19 on the ACT, be a resident of Texas, and plan to go to college in Texas at a not-for-profit school. Most of the awards are $18,000 four year scholarships.

  • The Northern Tier Hardwood Association Community Forests Scholarship

    From Northern Tier Hardwood Association

    Only open to students in select Pennsylvania counties, the Northern Tier Hardwood Association Scholarship awards one $1,500 scholarship to a high school senior planning on pursuing community/urban forestry, arboriculture, or a related field of study.

  • NPFDA Scholarship

    From National Poultry and Food Distributors Association (NPFDA) Scholarship Foundation

    Full-time college juniors and seniors pursuing a poultry or agricultural-related degree are eligible to apply for the NPFDA Scholarship. Applicants must also submit an official transcript, a letter of recommendation, the online application, and a one-page letter describing their goals and aspirations. Five students will be awarded $2,500 each, and two of those students will be employees or dependents of NPFDA Member Companies.

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Unique Scholarships about Athletics and Sports

These aren’t your average sports and athletic scholarships. Here you’ll find scholarships that celebrate the typically underrepresented sports like fencing, archery, bowling, table tennis, and more! You’ll also find some interesting organizations offering scholarships for fitness enthusiasts and those want to pursue a career in sports entertainment.

  • National Table Tennis Scholarship Program

    From The National Collegiate Table Tennis Association

    NCTTA’s National Table Tennis Scholarship Program gives deserving table tennis athletes the opportunity for financial support while pursuing a college education. Recipients are expected to practice with and compete for their school’s table tennis team in NCTTA competition.

  • Easton/NFAA Scholarship Program

    From National Field Archery Association

    The Easton/NFAA Scholarship Program is for high school and college students who are members of the NFAA or the NAA/USA Archery. High school applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA, and college applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA. The scholarship awards are split between recurve archers and compound archers, and also split equally between men and women.

  • Absolute Fencing Gear Scholarships

    From USA Fencing

    USA Fencing offers two scholarships, the Connor Porter Memorial Scholarship and the Wang Memorial Scholarship. Both scholarships seek candidates with a strong interest and experience in the sport of fencing.

  • Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship

    From Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation

    This scholarship is for women who are undergraduate or graduate students, pursuing a degree in public relations, communication, media studies, marketing, or journalism, and aim to have a career in the entertainment or sports industry. Eligible applicants must be enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited university, live in the U.S., and have at least a 2.75 GPA.

  • American Water Ski Educational Foundation Scholarship

    From National Collegiate Water Ski Association

    Any undergraduate incoming sophomore, junior, or senior, enrolled full-time at an accredited higher education institution, , who is also an active USA Water Ski member is eligible to apply for this scholarship. Award recipients are selected based on individual's contributions to this sport, as well as academic achievement, essay response, letters of reference, financial need, and work, school, and community record.

  • Marc E. Lewis Youth Scholarship

    From FLAG (Friends, Lesbians, and Gays) Flag Football

    The Marc E. Lewis Youth Scholarship is available to all Massachusetts high school seniors who have made high school and/or community sports safer and more inclusive of LGBTQ student-athletes as either a role model or ally. Scholarships are awarded based on essay responses and two letters of reference.

  • ISA Scholarship Program

    From International Surfing Association

    To apply for this scholarship, students must be at least 18 years old, recommended by their National Surfing Federation, be outstanding role models to their community, currently enrolled in school, and be able to demonstrate financial need. Award amounts typically range from $100 - $1,000 per student.

  • Liz Daley Scholarship

    From American Alpine Institute

    The Liz Daley Scholarship is designed to help women who have a passion for the mountains and mountain culture pursue their career in alpine guiding. This scholarship is to be used to help fund rescue, instructor, and technical leadership-related courses offered at the American Alpine Institute.

  • Bowl4Life Scholarship

    From Bowl4Life Foundation

    This scholarship is open to all United States Bowling Congress (USCB) youth bowlers who are members of the USCB Youth Program, have a 3.0 GPA, and plan to attend an accredited college/university full-time in the fall immediately after high school. Applicants must demonstrate a passion for youth bowling and an ability to overcome barriers.

  • Ira Mitzner Collegiate Boxing Scholarship

    From United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association

    This scholarship is available to two types of students; any high school senior who has been accepted into a four-year college or university and will be a competitive boxer for a U.S. Intercollegiate Boxing Association (USIBA) member club, or to any currently enrolled college student who is an actively competitive boxer for a USIBA member club.

  • Chuck Allen Scholarship

    From United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA)

    The Chuck Allen Scholarship is awarded to students based on commitment to community, good grades and academic participation, and commitment to the national and local chapters of the USASA. Scholarship awards are issued on the winner’s behalf to educational institutions and other eligible parties, and are not issued directly to individuals.

  • Billy Welu Scholarship

    From Professional Bowlers Association

    The Billy Welu Scholarship awards $1,000 annually to amateur bowlers who are also currently in college, maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA. Applicants must be able to prove their bowling status and write a short essay about how the scholarship will positively affect bowling, academic, and personal goals.

  • Evans Scholars Foundation

    From The Western Golf Association

    The Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation Scholarship is designed for golf caddies around the country. The Western Golf Association who oversees the Evans Scholar Foundation also runs three large golf tournaments.

  • USBC Youth Scholarships

    From United States Bowling Congress (USBC)

    The United States Bowling Congress offers scholarships to many young students who have shown a passion for bowling. Leagues and member organizations of the USBC offer scholarships as well, so anyone involved in USBC activities should look into the possibility of a college scholarship.

  • Runnerclick Scholarship

    From Runnerclick

    The Runnerclick Sports and Academic Scholarship awards $2,000 to three qualified applicants each year. Applicants are required to submit an essay on a topic often related to physical fitness. Qualified candidates must be enrolled in a graduate program, an undergraduate program, or a high school senior already accepted to an accredited college or university.

  • Sports Unlimited Scholarship

    From Sports Unlimited

    The Sports Unlimited Scholarship awards a $1,000 scholarship to an athlete who writes a winning essay on a designated topic. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or a freshman/sophomore in college. The award is to be applied towards tuition, books, room, board, etc.

Unique Scholarships about Athletics and Sports

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Unique Scholarships about Business, Marketing, and Leadership

Even the more common degrees like business, communication, marketing, and management, have some not-so-common scholarships catered to them, from places you may not think to look at. In this list, you’ll find contests, competitions, and more that will have you demonstrate your leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and/or interest in a specific area of business like grocery retail and real estate.

  • The Asparagus Club Scholarship Program

    From Asparagus Club

    The Asparagus Club Scholarship Program was founded in 1990 and has provided over $850,000 in scholarship funds to students entering the independent grocery retail careers. The Club awards a maximum of ten scholarships per year, depending on funds. Each scholarship is $2,000 per semester (fall and spring only).

  • PeakPicker Scholarship Program

    From PeakPicker

    The PeakPicker Scholarship is for undergraduate students attending accredited higher education institutions who are pursuing degrees related to marketing, business, IT, communications, and health science. For this scholarship, applicants will write a 1,000-1,500 word essay about the "Future of Darts Board Games."

  • Micheal Jackson Scholarship

    From United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

    The United Negro College Fund set up a Michael Jackson Scholarship to honor the late performer and it awards up to $5,000 to students majoring in communication arts or social sciences.

  • #thefutureisfemale Scholarship

    From True&Co.

    True&Co., an intimate apparel brand, wants to help exceptional women achieve their education and career goals in any field including coding, design, marketing, and film. The #thefutureisfemale Scholarship prize package consists of $3,000 to go towards education, $300 of True&Co. products, and a full-feature interview in their journal.

  • Warner Bros. Reach Honorship Program

    From Warner Bros. Entertainment

    Graduating high school seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA, residing in Burbank or LA County, CA, who also plan on attending an accredited four-year higher education institution can apply to this "honorship" (internship-scholarship) program. This program is for those interested in pursuing a career in the finance, human resources, operations, marketing, or communication aspects of the entertainment business, or the technical or creative roles like post-production and sound editing.

  • AdvertiseMint Advertising and Marketing Scholarship Program

    From AdvertiseMint

    This scholarship is intended to help boost a student’s business, while still in school, through Facebook advertising. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be between 18-25 years old, currently enrolled in a high school or an accredited higher education institution, and have at least a 2.0 GPA. The entire scholarship prize package includes a $1,000 scholarship, $1,000 in free Facebook advertising credits, and $500 in free Facebook Agency Services.

  • Girls Inc. National Scholarship Program

    From Girls Inc. of Santa Fe

    The Girls Inc. National Scholarship was created to help fund the education of active Girls Inc. members. This scholarship is offered at Girls Inc. of Santa Fe and any other Girls Inc. affiliate in the United States. Up to five high school students and five 8th grade students per Girls Inc. location can apply. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must have been in the program for a minimum of 24 months.

  • The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) Foundation

    From Alaska Travel Industry Association

    The Alaska Travel Industry Association awards a number of scholarships each year to various students around Alaska, in communities of all sizes. The goal is to better invest in citizens to preserve the Alaskan tourism industry. Scholarships are awarded in increments from as little as $500 and as much as $3,000.

  • Adore Me Scholarship

    From Adore Me Magazine

    The Adore Me Scholarship is for women who are currently pursuing or plan to enroll in a business program. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be able to demonstrate that they have an entrepreneurial spirit and leadership ability. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and be featured on the Adore Me website.

  • Village Bakery Aspire-To-Be Scholarship

    From Village Bakery

    Village Bakery Aspire-To-Be Scholarship Program awards one scholarship each year in the amount of $1,000 to help support students who wish to own their own business. Applicants must be an outstanding student, with a proven GPA of 2.5 or above and must be currently enrolled in high school, secondary school, or university.

  • Redfin Scholarship

    From Redfin

    The Redfin Scholarship is awarded twice each year to graduating high school and freshmen, sophomore, and junior-year college students attending accredited colleges or universities. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be 18 years or older, have at least a 3.5 GPA, and answer the (usually) real estate/business-related essay prompt in 300-500 words.

  • Tobi Cares Scholarship

    From Tobi

    This scholarship hopes to inspire and help the next generation of women to pursue their higher education, leadership, and personal style goals. Eligible applicants must be an undergraduate student currently enrolled or enrolling in an accredited higher education institution. The winner will receive a $200 Tobi.com store credit in addition to the $3,000 scholarship.

  • PDK Prospective Educator Scholarships

    From Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Educational Foundation

    The PDK Educational Foundation offers several Prospective Educator Scholarships that are available to high school seniors and current undergraduate students who are, or intend to, major in a field of education. General requirements to apply for these scholarships includes submitting transcripts, a 500-word personal statement about why you want to become a teacher, letters of recommendation, and list of significant leadership, teaching, and/or learning activities.

  • Law & Justice Scholarship Contest

    From Davis Law Group, P.S.

    Students who are currently enrolled or have been accepted into an accredited higher education institution, with at least a 3.0 GPA, and are studying to have a career in law and justice are eligible for this $750 scholarship. The contest is split into two stages, first an essay worth a total of 50 points, then community engagement worth a total of 50 points.

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Unique Scholarships from Companies and Organizations

You may be surprised to find out that these organizations offer scholarships to their employees and employees’ children. Also featured in this section are some unique businesses you may not have heard of before that have scholarships available to virtually any student, and do not need to be directly associated with the company.

  • Annual Scholarship Awards

    From MyProjectorLamps.com

    MyProjectorLamps.com offers biannual scholarship that awards $500 to two students who write a winning essay on a specific topic. Applicants must be fourteen years (to date) or older and currently attending an accredited U.S. program: i.e. high school, college or university.

  • DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship

    From DutchCrafters

    DutchCrafters offers three exceptional undergraduate students a $500 scholarship each. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited four-year higher education institution, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and have submitted their FAFSA. The essay required usually asks students how their cultural heritage will affect their academics, career, and interactions with their communities.

  • Two Ten Higher Education Scholarships

    From Two Ten Footware Foundaton

    The Two Ten Footwear Foundation awards scholarships based on financial need, academic performance, and personal character. Minimum qualifying factors are acceptance or enrollment into an accredited higher education institution, and they or their parents must have at least two year’s employment in the footwear industry. Other eligibility factors can include footware design studies or having a military Veteran status.

  • AFAEF Scholarship

    From American Fence Association Education Foundation (AFAEF)

    Students are eligible for this scholarship if they or an immediate family member are employed in the fence industry. The applicant must also have at least a "B" GPA. AFAEF Scholarship award amounts and number of recipients varies each year, depending on the amount of funds raised for the scholarship program.

  • Respshop.com Scholarship

    From Respshop.com

    Respshp.com awards one $1,500 scholarship and four $500 scholarship to the students who can write the most insightful essays about snoring, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, and/or CPAP therapy. This scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students with at least a 2.0 GPA, and must attend school within the following year.

  • Interior Deluxe Scholarship for Higher Learning

    From Interior Deluxe

    The lighting company, Interior Deluxe, has a $1,500 scholarship available to students who can demonstrate how "a college education can light up your life." Additionally, applicants will need to research and write an essay of at least 600 words about one of the lighting companies they carry.

  • The Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women

    From Skin Care Ox

    The Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women program provides financial support to college women who want strive to maintain healthy lifestyles. Applicants are required to submit an essay on a topic related to their dedication to healthy lifestyle choice.

  • PAPER Foundation Scholarship

    From National Paper Trade Association

    Children and grandchildren of a current employee of a good-standing member company of the National Paper Trade Association (NPTA) may be eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must also be a senior high school student planning on attending an accredited college or university full-time, or a currently enrolled full-time college student at an accredited higher education institution. Full-time NPTA member company employees who are also full-time undergraduate students are also able to apply for this scholarship.

  • Walmart Dependent Scholarship Program

    From Walmart Foundation

    This program awards scholarships of up to $13,000, and are available to dependents of Walmart employees who have been with the company for at least six months. Eligible dependents must also be a graduating high school senior, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, and plan on being a full-time student in an accredited higher education institution during the next immediately occurring fall semester.

  • Little People of America Scholarship

    From Little People of America

    Little People of America focuses on awarding scholarships to students who have been diagnosed with dwarfism and are currently part of Little People of America. Additionally, scholarships are awarded to the children of those diagnosed with dwarfism and range from $250-$1,000 (sometimes more).

  • Geneseo Migrant Center Scholarships

    From Geneseo Migrant Center

    The Geneso Migrant Center offers a variety of scholarships to migrant worker students and their dependents. They offer scholarships for high school drop outs, graduating high school seniors who have been accepted into an accredited higher education program, and for those who have completed a year of college. Most scholarship awards range from $500 - $2,000, yet this amount can vary each year.

  • CFHZ Scholarships

    From Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland (CFHZ) Area

    The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland (CFHZ) Area have a variety scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and current college students residing in that region of Michigan. Some scholarships require the applicants to be employees or dependents of employees of local businesses like ODL, Integrated Fabric Resources, Haworth, or Russ’ Restaurant, while others are open to the general public.

  • SAG-AFTRA Foundation Scholarship Programs

    From SAG-AFTRA Foundation

    The Screen Actors Guild Foundation created the John L. Dales Scholarship Fund in 1973, and the George Heller Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1967. They help aid SAG-AFTRA members and their children with educational funds to attend college.

  • Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship

    From Meijer, Inc.

    Meijer team members and children of Meijer team members can apply for the Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship for the chance to win a $3,000 - $10,000 award. Eligible applicants (or their legal guardians) must have at least one year of continuous part- or full-time employment at Meijer prior to the application deadline date.

  • The MRCA Foundation Scholarship Program

    From Midwest Roofing Contractors Association

    The MRCA Foundation helps to provide financial assistance to MRCA member company employees and their families pursuing higher education at an accredited university or trade school. Candidates must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a college, university, or trade school, or they must be a high school senior accepted at an educational institution and expressing intent to pursue a degree or certified trade program.

  • Youth Scholarship Program

    From Advia Credit Union

    The Youth Scholarship Program is available to graduating high school seniors who are members in good standing of Advia Credit Union and have been accepted into, and plan on attending, an accredited higher education institution. Students are awarded this scholarship based on a variety of additional factors including community involvement, leadership traits, academic accomplishments, and a personal essay.

  • SAE/PRI/ITC/ABPI Staff Scholarship

    From Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International

    Dependents of SAE, PRI, or ITC may be eligible to apply for this scholarship if they also have at least a 3.0 GPA and have either been accepted into or are currently attending (full-time) an accredited higher education institution. The SAE/PRI/ITC/ABPI Staff Scholarships awards four, $1,000 scholarships and two, $500 scholarships.

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Unique Scholarships about Food and Drinks

For our foodie and beverage lovers, you’ll be happy to know there are quite a few companies and organizations out there that appreciate your fondness for all things tasty by offering scholarships and awards. These awards vary depending by type of food or drink, and in some cases, diet and nutrition.

Unique Scholarships about Food and Drinks

  • Flavor of the Month Scholarship

    From Unigo

    The Flavor of the Month Scholarship provides students with a more light-hearted opportunity to be creative. Asking students to consider what ice cream flavor they would be, and why, allows for students to take an inward look at themselves and express themselves in a creative and fun way.

  • Coffee in My Veins Scholarship

    From Coffee In My Veins

    Coffee In My Veins offers a yearly $1000 scholarship to individuals attending or planing to attend an accredited US college. To apply, applicants must submit an essay. The scholarship takes place every year.

  • For the Love of Chocolate Scholarship Foundation

    From For the Love of Chocolate

    For students with a passion for the pastry arts, the For the Love of Chocolate Foundation provides scholarships for qualified students in the specialized training of the pastry arts. Applicants must agree to work or volunteer a minimum of 40 hours in a food service establishment prior to or during the semester.

  • Pink Boots Society Scholarships

    From Pink Boots Society

    The Pink Boots Society offers several scholarships throughout the year to women who are working in the beer industry looking to advance their careers through education. These scholarships is only for women who are Pink Boots Society members and helps them attend classes, workshops, camps, and tours at brewing academies around the world.

  • ASEV Traditional Scholarship

    From American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV)

    The American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship Program is for students currently enrolled in a four-year program at an accredited university in North America. The minimum grade point average is 3.0 for undergraduates and 3.2 for graduate students. The applicant must also currently be enrolled in enology or viticulture, or in a curriculum emphasizing a science basic to wine and the grape industry.

  • ACFEF Scholarships

    From American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) and American Academy of Chefs

    The ACFEF has scholarships for apprenticeship programs, certificate programs, and post-secondary degree programs. To be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA, and be accepted into and pursuing a culinary, pastry or foodservice-related major at a participating culinary institution.

  • Scholarship for Growing the Future

    From International Dairy Deli Bakery Association

    The IDDBA’s Scholarship for Growing the Future is catered specifically to students who work at least 13 hours per week at an IDDBA-member company. This scholarship awards up to $2,000. It is available twice per year for current college students, and once a year for high school seniors.

  • Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships

    From Vegetarian Resource Group

    The Vegan Resource Group awards a total of $20,000 in college scholarship money, one award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000. Applications will be judged on students ability to demonstrate compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to world peace through a vegetarian lifestyle.

  • HiLine Coffee Scholarship

    From HiLine Coffee

    The HiLine Coffee Scholarship awards $1,000 to the winner of an essay on topic specified by the HiLine coffee company Applicants must plan on attending college or university by providing proof of acceptance.

  • James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program

    From James Beard Foundation

    The James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program is available to applicants studying culinary arts, baking and pastry, hospitality management, food studies, agriculture, sustainability, and/or food security. Applicants must provide transcripts, GPA, and a list of paid and unpaid work, school, and community experience, in addition to other materials including brief statements about professional goals, unusual circumstances, and other varying essay prompts.

  • Waterlogic's World Water Issue Scholarship

    From Waterlogic

    Waterlogic wants to help students who believe in the power and importance of clean water pursue their education. Students entering or currently enrolled in an accredited higher education institution may be eligible to apply. The winner of the $1,500 scholarship will go to the student who submits the best essay that addresses a prompt about water preservation.

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Unique Scholarships about Hobbies and Interests

Interests are as varied as the people who enjoy them. As such, you’ll find in this category a WIDE range of scholarships that award recipients with some college dough for hobbies, interests, and pastimes that may seem unusual to some but common for others.

  • Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

    From Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce

    This competition is associated with the World’s Champion Duck Calling Contest, takes place in Arkansas, and is open to any graduating high school senior. The first place winner receives a $2,000 scholarship, the second place winner receives $1,000, the third place winner receives $750, and the fourth place winner receives a $500 scholarship.

  • STARFLEET Scholarships

    From STARFLEET, the International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc.

    STARFLEET Scholarships are for students who have been active members for at least one year prior to applying, and are currently attending an accredited higher education institution. These scholarships can help you boldly go where you’ve never gone before, especially if you’re interested in engineering and technology, are an aspiring writer/artist, or if you’re hoping to pursue a career in the medical or veterinary field. The award amount varies depending on annual funding.

  • National Marbles Tournament

    From National Marbles Tournament

    "Mibsters," also referred to as "marble shooters," compete in the National Marbes Tournament for honors (including being named the "King" or "Queen" of marbles), college scholarships, and tons of other prizes and awards. This tournament consists of over 1,200 games within four days. To compete in this tournament, you must be a selected champion from a local tournament held in a city/county in the United States.

  • Elegant Ice Scholarship

    From Elegant Ice Creations

    The Elegant Ice Scholarship was created to help students pursue their ice carving careers. To be eligible for this $1,000 scholarship award, students must be enrolled in an accredited higher education institution, have competed in ice carving competitions, and submit letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and photos of ice carvings.

  • John Kitt Memorial Scholarship

    From The American Association of Candy Technologists

    The American Association of Candy Technologists awards a $5,000 scholarship over two installments to a recipient who is a college sophomore, junior, or senior that has a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology. Evidence must be presented in the form of research projects, work experience, or formal study.

  • Drone Technology College Scholarship

    From Drone Pilot Ground School

    The Drone Technology Scholarship is intended to help students who have an interest in the drone industry further their education. Graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit a 750-1,000 word essay on one of the provided drone-related prompts, as well as brief personal and scholarship-intention statements.

  • Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship

    From Gamers Helping Gamers

    The Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship is for high school graduates and undergraduate students who are members of the Magic: The Gathering (MTG) community. Applicants must create an account, provide a FAFSA form and high school transcript, and write an essay that addresses the MTG-related prompt.

  • Junior Duck Stamp Contest

    From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    K-12 students in a Junior Duck Stamp Program from anywhere in the U.S. can participate in this contest. Students demonstrate what they have learned in the program by submitting a hand-drawing, painting, or sketch of a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species in their correct environment, along with a written conservation message about that species.

  • Rolex Scholarships

    From Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society

    These scholarships are available to students in North America, Europe, and Australasia who are between the ages of 21-26. Eligible applicants must also have not yet earned a graduate degree and have chosen a clearly defined career path. Other requirements for this scholarship include that students must be a certified Rescue Diver with a minimum of 25 dives logged in the past two years.

  • ANA College Scholarship

    From American Numismatic Association (ANA)

    The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect coins and related items. Graduating high school seniors who are active members in good standing with the ANA, plan on attending a higher education institution (any degree subject), and have at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

  • American Welding Society Scholarships

    From American Welding Society (AWS) Foundation

    The American Welding Society (AWS) Foundation awards over $1 million in scholarships each year to students interested in pursuing education and training in welding and related fields. Once an applicant has registered and created an academic profile with a personal statement and career objectives on the AWS Foundation website, students can then find the welding-related scholarship best suited to them.

  • SEMA Scholarship

    From Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

    The SEMA Scholarship aims to help students achieve their automotive career goals by helping pay for their college tuition. Students could receive a scholarship of up to $5,000. To be eligible to apply, students must be incoming freshman, or currently enrolled in a college, university or post-secondary career and technology school, and have at least a 2.5 GPA.

  • Morgan Costa-Rhodes Memorial Scholarship

    From Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE)

    PACE (Partnership for Academic Excellence) offers the Morgan Costa-Rhodes Memorial Scholarship, a one-time $2000 college scholarship for current high school seniors. For scholarship consideration, students who have demonstrated an interest in quizbowl, have performed community service, and have financial need, are encouraged to apply.

  • Academy of Model Aeronautics Scholarship Program

    From Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)

    This scholarship program is available to graduating high school students who have been AMA members for at least 36 months prior to applying for a scholarship. There are scholarships for student members with general aeromodelling experience and for those with experience in aeromodelling competitions.

  • Minority Scholarship in Classics and Classical Archaeology

    From Society for Classical Studies

    This scholarship is available to undergraduate students who wish to further their study of classics or classical archaeology, and are supported by a SCS or Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) member. The award is based on academic qualifications, quality of proposal, recommendation letter(s), and financial need.

  • Harold Snyder Memorial Scholarships

    From Harness Tracks of America

    The Harold Snyder Memorial Scholarships offers $15,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education to daughters and sons of licensed trainers, drivers, caretakers, management personnel, or young people actively engaged in the harness racing industry. Three $5,000 grants are customarily awarded every year.

  • Maritime Scholarship

    From TK Foundation

    The TK Foundation offers the Maritime Scholarship to help support young people’s efforts to explore the maritime realm as a career path. Students in their sophomore, junior or senior year, enrolled or enrolling in maritime majors at schools in the US are invited to apply for The TK Foundation Maritime Scholarship for grants up to $10,000 per year.

  • Scholar-Chessplayer Award

    From US Chess Federation

    The Scholar-Chessplayer Award is for high school juniors and seniors who are US Chess members, have played in at least 25 Regular-rated US Chess or FIDE games in the past year, and have completed at least one year of chess-related community service since the 9th grade. The US Chess Federation awards five scholarships at $1,500 each.

  • Ben Carlson Memorial Scholarship

    From Ben Carlson Memorial & Scholarship Foundation

    The Ben Carlson Memorial Scholarship was created to honor Ben Carlson’s character and career as a lifeguard, and to help students achieve their academic goals. This scholarship is a $10,000 grant that is awarded annually to the top two outstanding and deserving applicants.

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Unique Scholarships about Literature and Writing

Whether you’re a romantic poet, musical theatre songwriter, or a Mary Shelley-inspired horror writer, there’s a scholarship for you in this list. Yes, there are plenty of essay-based scholarships out there, but the ones here are unique because they are specifically catered to those with a passion for literature and writing in any and all forms.

  • Marian Madison Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholar’s Prize in Romani Studies

    From Gypsy Lore Society

    The Gypsy Lore Society established the Marian Madison Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholar’s Prize in Romani Studies. This award is given to the best unpublished paper by a young scholar on a topic in Gypsy and Traveler Studies. The prize is a cash award of $500.

  • Horror Writers Association Scholarships

    From Horror Writers Association

    The Horror Writers Association (HWA) offers five scholarships to assist writers looking to pursue a career as a writer of horror fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. The HWA is dedicated to promoting the horror genre and providing education to both the general public and book festivals.

  • Tell My Tarot Scholarship

    From Tell My Tarot

    The Tell My Tarot Scholarship Program encourages students pursuing studies in the humanities by awarding a $1,000 scholarship to the winning author of an essay. The $1,000 award can be used toward any educational expense.

  • Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge

    From National Endowment for the Arts, American Theatre Wing, Playbill, Inc., and Disney Theatrical Productions

    The Musical Theatre Songwriting Challenge is for high school students with a passion for writing musical theatre songs that could be used in a professional production. Applicants can apply individually or as writing teams, and must submit an audio recording (one song, preferably no longer than five minutes) and written narrative.

  • Power Poetry Scholarship

    From Power Poetry

    Power Poetry offers a different type of scholarship each year through their "Poetry Scholarship Slam Contest," but always awards $1,000 to the scholarship winner. General rules include becoming a member of the poetry community and submitting a poem. Specific rules vary each year based on the scholarship offered.

  • L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest

    From L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future

    The Writers and Illustrators of the Future scholarship opportunity is available for all those who have an imaginative mind. Asking students to showcase their talents in short novel and science-fiction writing, this scholarship opportunity is open to a wide range of applicants.

  • Counter Culturist Literature Lovers Essay Scholarship

    From Counter Culturist

    The Counter Culturist Literature Lovers Essay Scholarship is a scholarship for undergraduate and postgraduate students with a passion for the written word. Winners of this scholarship receive a $500 award based on an essay written about a specific topic, often related to reading and the importance of literature.

  • Creative Writing Awards

    From Penguin Random House Foundation

    The Creative Writing Awards are given to students with strong, original, and clear voices who are daring and unafraid to take risks in their writing. Eligible students can be 21 years old and under, or a high school senior graduating from a New York City public high school. Applicants can submit an original work of poetry, fiction/drama, personal essay/memoir, or graphic novel.

  • Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contest

    From Ayn Rand Institute

    The Ayn Rant Institute has three essay contests based on different Ayn Rand novels, Anthem for students in 8th,9th, and 10th grade, The Fountainhead for students in 11th and 12th grade, and Atlas Shrugged for 12th graders and college undergraduate and graduate students. Depending on the essay contest, scholarship prizes range from $30 - $10,000.

  • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Scholarships

    From Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

    The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards has special achievement and portfolio-based scholarships to outstanding students. There are scholarships for writers, cartoonists, and other visual artists, and winners are chosen based on originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal vision or voice.

Unique Scholarships about Literature and Writing

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Unique Scholarships about Math, Engineering, and Science

STEM is a popular and ever-growing field, and you may be wondering how these scholarships could be unique enough to make it on this list. However, these scholarships are for smaller STEM fields such as studying fungi, crystallography, mortuary science, or glass technology. There are also “combined” scholarships listed, which require pursuing any STEM-related degree, plus an interest or talent in a different field like sewing or music.

  • a/e ProNet Scholarship

    From AIA

    The American Institute for Architects (AIA) offers several scholarships that are catered to specific types of undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in architecture. Students interested in these scholarships must be enrolled in an NAAB accredited degree program.

  • Mycological Society of America Awards

    From Mycological Society of America

    The Mycological Society of America recognizes excellence in research, teaching and service among its membership by celebrating students, teachers, and researchers. They offers a variety of different scholarships for those who qualify and all awards are publicly announced at the annual MSA meeting.

  • ISAR Student Travel Conference Award

    From International Society of Aeolian Research (ISAR)

    Students who are members of the International Society of Aeolian Research (ISAR), and are giving a presentation at an international conference or scientific meeting about their aeolian-related research may be able to apply for this scholarship. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in an accredited higher education institution.

  • New Look Laser Tattoo Removal Semiannual Scholarship

    From New Look Laser Tattoo Removal

    New Look Laser Tattoo Removal awards merit-based scholarships for students pursuing higher education with an emphasis in one of the following fields: nursing, medicine, natural or applied sciences, or engineering. These scholarships are awarded twice each year.

  • SVC Foundation Scholarship

    From Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation

    This interesting scholarship opportunity is concentrated on vacuum technology. This scholarship is ideal for individuals who have a passion for technical and mechanical assemblies of vacuums, which can also provide helpful experience in other fields in the future.

  • ICDD Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship

    From International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD)

    The ICDD has been awarding scholarships since 1991. The Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship is an award to support the education and research program of promising graduate students in crystallography-related fields.

  • The Astronaut Scholarship

    From Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

    Students may apply for this award only if they have been nominated by a faculty member and are pursuing an engineering, natural science, applied science, biomedical (research-focused) or mathematics degree. Those intending to pursue professional medicine are not eligible. Eligible students must attend school full-time and show initiative, creativity, and excellence in their chosen field.

  • Glass & Optical Materials Division: Alfred R. Cooper Scholars Award

    From The American Ceramic Society

    The Glass & Optical Materials Division of The American Ceramic Society offers the Cooper Scholars Award. This award recognizes undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in research, engineering, and/or study in glass science or technology.

  • The NGPA Scholarship

    From The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA)

    The National Gay Pilots Association awards scholarships to students who have a desire to pursue a flight education, and are involved in the LGBT community.

  • Oregon Space Grant Consortium Scholarship and Fellowship Program

    From Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC)

    This scholarship program is available to students attending any member colleges and universities who are also pursuing a STEM or STEM education degree. There are up to 21, $1,000 awards for Oregon-area community college students, and up to 13, $3,000 awards for undergraduate students at a participating four-year university.

  • The Cagis Student Scholarships

    From Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS)

    CaGIS Masters Scholarship Award provides two scholarships in the amount of $750. Winners must demonstrate excellence in cartography or GIScience coursework and the potential to contribute to cartography or GIScience research.

  • ISAR Chu Family Foundation Scholarship for Women Scientists

    From International Society for Antiviral Research (ISAR)

    Women with the potential to contribute to the field of antiviral research who hope to advance their careers through educational opportunities may apply for this scholarship. Scholarship funds can be used to attend a specialized workshop, visit/work in another laboratory to obtain new skills, take a course, or acquire specialized training. Eligible applicants must hold a doctoral degree with no more than four years of cumulative postdoctoral experience, and currently be doing graduate or postdoctoral antiviral research.

  • ABFSE Scholarship

    From American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)

    This scholarship is available to undergraduate students who are currently in and have completed at least one semester/quarter of an accredited funeral service or mortuary science program. Applicants must write a personal essay, provide a work and community service history, transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and proof of enrollment in a funeral service or mortuary science program.

  • Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship

    From Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities

    Theodore Gordon Flyfishers is a non-profit angling organization that promotes environmental protection, conservation, and various activities attached to activism and education. A Founders Fund Scholarship is awarded for $3,500 annually and the applicant must be planning on majoring in environmental studies, in areas such as biology, natural resource management, zoology, and other relevant fields.

  • WIPS John Jenkins Memorial Scholarships

    From Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS)

    This scholarship is to help members of the Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS) fund their tuition and other educational costs related to paleontology, geology, and other similar sciences. Eligible applicants must include several pieces of information including a description of their history and interest in paleontology/related science, how the funds will be used, and if they have previously received a WIPS scholarship or grant.

  • WMIA College Scholarship

    From Woodworking Machinery Industry Association

    The WMIA Educational Foundation offers a scholarship program for students seeking careers in wood technology, machinery and related fields. All students or college-bound individual are eligible to apply and the award is based on academic success, interest, special abilities, and other factors.

  • GET IT (Girls Exploring Together – Information Technology)

    From The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation

    The GET IT Scholarship is worth up to $5,000 each year, and can be renewed for up to three additional years for a total possible award of $20,000. This scholarship is awarded to GET IT club high school seniors and women who will be enrolled at Michigan University full-time, taking college-level courses, for the upcoming academic year.

  • Collegiate Inventors Competition

    From National Inventors Hall of Fame

    This competition is designed to showcase, recognize, and award college students’ innovation, entrepreneurship, and cutting-edge research and discoveries. The finalists of the competition will present their inventions to a panel of judges to receive feedback and encouragement, and engage in brainstorming to help students elevate their inventions.

  • The American Nuclear Society Scholarship Program

    From American Nuclear Society

    The American Nuclear Society awards scholarships to qualified student members of ANS Student Sections who have demonstrated a high commitment to the standards set by the Society's constituents. Evaluation is based upon numerous factors, including: academic preparation (GPA and test scores), awards, honors, leadership within the ANS, references, and career goals and objectives.

  • Xerox Minority Scholarships

    From Xerox

    The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship is for students who identify as Black, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Alaskan, or Hispanic, with financial need, who are also pursuing at least a bachelor’s degree, full-time, in a technical science or engineering discipline. Awards typically range from $1,000 - $10,000.

  • Microsoft Imagine Cup

    From Microsoft

    The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a skill-based competition that gives a scholarship award of up to $100,000 to an individual student or a team of students (up to three) for the most innovate, ground-breaking, and appealing software built with Microsoft tools and technology. Applicants must be at least 16 years old, and can’t be employed or have immediate family members who are employed by Microsoft.

  • TYLENOL Future Care Scholarship

    From TYLENOL

    The TYLENOL Future Care Scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to pursue a career in healthcare and are enrolled in an accredited health education, medical school, public health, nursing, and/or pharmacy degree program. TYLENOL awards 10, $10,000 scholarships, and 30, $5,000 scholarships annually.

  • National Weather Association Foundation Scholarships

    From National Weather Association Foundation

    The National Weather Association Foundation has several scholarships available to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in meteorology or a related field. Award amounts vary depending on funds available for each scholarship.

  • The Heinlein Society Scholarship Program

    From The Heinlein Society

    The Heinlein Society awards three $1,500 scholarships to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities. While the awards are focused on students majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences, one award is exclusively for female candidates.

  • Al Conklin and Bill de Decker Business Aviation Management Scholarship

    From National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

    The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) established, in conjunction with Conklin & de Decker, the Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship, an annual $5,000 award to an undergraduate student who is enrolled in an aviation management program. The NBAA has several other aviation scholarships available in addition to this one.

  • ACS Scholars Program

    From American Chemical Society (ACS)

    The ACS Scholars program gives renewable scholarships to eligible underrepresented undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in a chemistry-related field, and also want to have a career in a chemistry-related field. Winners can receive up to $5,000. Award amounts vary each school year, and depend on funding and demonstrated financial need.

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Unique Scholarships about Performing Arts and Music

Do you love to sing, dance, perform on stage, or possibly, all of the above? Then chances are you’ll find a scholarship here that fits you perfectly. This features scholarships from unexpected sources, and scholarships dedicated to icons like John Lennon. You’ll also come across ones that give you the opportunity to deliver an impeccable operatic, jazz, a capella, or acting performance, with outstanding prizes such as being featured in a magazine and international travel.

  • John Lennon Scholarships

    From Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Foundation

    The John Lennon Scholarships are awarded to students between the ages of 17 and 24 years old who are songwriters/composers of contemporary musical genres including alternative, pop, rock, indie, electronica, R&B, and experimental. Three scholarships totaling $20,000 are awarded annually for the best original songs submitted to the competition.

  • Ukulele Music Info Musical Studies Scholarship

    From Ukulele Music Info

    This scholarship is available to full-time, U.S. college students who are pursuing a music degree at an accredited higher education institution. Applicants must submit either a 300-500 word essay that addresses the prompt, or a short, creative YouTube video that showcases their musical abilities.

  • Central Florida Jazz Society Scholarship

    From Central Florida Jazz Society

    The Central Florida Jazz Society awards three scholarships per to high school seniors and students in their first three years of college. The scholarship award amounts are $2,500, $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000. Students must submit a written recommendation, along with one or two brief improvised choruses of different tempos.

  • IDTANA Scholarships

    From Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA)

    The Irish Dance Teachers Associations of North America (IDTANA) have two types of scholarships available, one for graduating high school seniors, and one for undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited four-year higher education institution. Applicants must also have attended a certain number of classes at an IDTANA-affiliated dance school in Canada or the United States.

  • Strings Magazine Edith Eisler Scholarship Program

    From Strings Magazine

    College students who play the violin, cello, or bass who are preparing for a career in music education or music performance are eligible to apply for the Strings

  • CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship

    From Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

    The CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship is awarded to students interested in drama, dance, opera, marching bands, and other performing arts pursuits. Applicants must also meet the other requirements stipulated on the online application page.

  • The Astrid Thalheimer Memorial Vocal Scholarship

    From The A Cappella Singers

    The Astrid Thalheimer Memorial Vocal Scholarship, dedicated to the founder of The A Cappella Singers who established the group in 1963. The scholarship awards $500 to a woman from the Metrowest area of Boston, preparing to graduate from high school and major in either vocal performance or music education with a concentration on vocals.

  • The Opera Foundation Scholarships

    From The Opera Foundation, Inc.

    These scholarships are available to students pursuing a career in opera performance. Selected applicants will attend the Opera Foundation’s auditions to compete for one of four scholarships. The winners will each receive a stipend of $16,000, and travel expenses to Berlin, Munich, and Turin from the U.S. up to $1,600. Scholarship winners will also sign a 10-month contract with the Opera Foundation.

  • PAS Scholarships

    From Percussive Arts Society (PAS)

    The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) has several scholarships available to college students who intend to pursue a career as a percussionist or drummer. Depending on the scholarship, applicants may need to submit a video of a drum set performance, or have a focus in a specific type of music/percussion style like the baroque/classical period timpani playing.

  • The NMC/MPA Copyright Awareness Scholarship Program

    From Music Publishers Association

    This scholarship program awards up to $10,000 dollars to students who can address the importance of copyright protection for artists. Students have the opportunity to be unique and answer the scholarship prompts through a song, skit, video essay, or any other creative, video format.

  • Donna Reed Performing Arts Scholarships

    From Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts

    The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts gives scholarships and merit awards to students passionate about and pursuing education in the performing arts. The winner may be determined at a scholarship concert performance before judges and a live audience.

  • Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship

    From Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation

    The Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship is available to U.S. citizens between the ages of 21 and 33 years old, who are pursuing a career in opera performance. Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, three letters of recommendation, and DVD performance of three operatic arias. Two of the arias must be in Italian, and the third one can be in a language of the applicant’s choosing.

  • Male Chorus Association Music Scholarship Program

    From The Associated Male Choruses of America

    The Associated Male Choruses of America Scholarship awards candidates $1,000-$1,200 scholarships each. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate music program for the upcoming school year. Candidates must also be sponsored by a member chorus of the Associated Male Choruses of America.

  • Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition

    From Glenn Miller Birthplace Society

    The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society, based in Clarinda, Iowa, holds an annual scholarship competition in honor of Glenn Miller. The contest is in its 37th year and awards two scholarships of $4000, $2,000, and $1,000, each to a one vocalist and one instrumentalist. Audition CD’s must be submitted in order to qualify.

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Unique Scholarships about Traveling and Languages

Your college education doesn’t have to (and shouldn’t) end in the classroom. The scholarships here are for those who want to learn how to speak or already know an underrepresented language, or for those who want to travel, whether its Washington D.C. or Indonesia. Many of the scholarships are in this list because they are coming from a seemingly unlikely source, are promoting an uncommon language, or want to help students travel to a unique destination.

Unique Scholarships about Traveling and Languages

  • Scholarship to Study Abroad

    From Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation

    The Corinna Jeannine Schillings Foundation awards scholarships to help students study abroad. An award of $1,000 is issued to a Silver or Gold Girl Scout who plans to study abroad and maintains at least a 3.0 GPA.

  • Tripping.com Travel Lovers' Scholarship

    From Tripping.com

    For students considering studying abroad, the Tripping.com Travel Lovers' Scholarship. awards the recipient $1000 towards a chosen study abroad program. Applicants are required to submit an essay to be considered for the award.

  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

    From United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and American Councils for International Education

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is open to all eligible U.S. undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in degree program at an accredited academic institution. Eligible students in every area encouraged to apply, and will be asked to select one CLS language to study. CLS languages that require no previous study include Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

  • NLE Scholarships

    From National Latin Exam (NLE)

    High school seniors who received gold medals for their Latin III, Latin III-IV Prose, III-IV Poetry, or Latin V-VI Exams are eligible to apply for the National Latin Exams (NLE) Scholarships. Winners of this $2,000 scholarship must agree to take at least one course per semester of Latin or Classical Greek in their first year of college.

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

    From U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

    This international scholarship program is for U.S. students who are applying to or have been accepted into a study abroad or internship program to a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level of 1 or 2. The study abroad/internship must be at least two weeks long for community college students, and at least three weeks long for students from four-year institutions.

  • Boren Awards for International Studies

    From Boren Awards

    The Boren Awards for International Study is awarded to students who wish to study abroad in areas typically underrepresented. The scholarships can be as large as $20,000 and are only for students attending school at an accredited university.

  • Road Scholarship

    From Student Youth and Travel Association (SYTA) Youth Foundation

    Individuals or groups of five or more students can receive the Road Scholarship if they are unable to afford the cost of student group trips. To apply, the individual or group must be nominated by an educator, program leader, or designated school official. Individuals can receive awards up to $1,000, and groups can receive a total award of up to $5,000.

  • AMG Scholarships

    From Alpha Mu Gamma (AMG) National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society

    All full, undergraduate and graduate Alpha Mu Gamma members are eligible to apply for AMG Scholarships. These scholarships are intended to be used to continue foreign language study at an accredited academic institution, and are typically awarded to foreign language majors and minors who have demonstrated excellence in their foreign language and all other studies.

  • NJCL Scholarships

    From National Junior Classical League (NJCL)

    Members of the National Junior Classical League (NJCL) are eligible to apply for any of the NJCL Scholarships. Ten winners are chosen and can receive a scholarship award between $1,200 and $4,000. Winners are selected based on a variety of criteria including service to the NJCL, financial need, academic record, and letters of recommendation.

  • General CIEE Grant + Scholarship

    From Council On International Educational Exchange

    The CIEE Study Abroad Scholarships award over $3 million each year to help students with the cost of studying abroad. They require students to fill out a form entailing their special circumstances, write an essay, and also a summary of their current financial aid situation.

  • AFSA National High School Essay Contest

    From American Foreign Service Association (AFSA)

    The American Foreign Service Association awards $2,500 and a trip to Washington D.C. to the winner of an essay contest. Applicants are required to submit an essay on a specific topic. There is also $1,250 aware for the runner-up.

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Unique Scholarships about Visual Arts and Design

Let your creativity soar! You’ll find scholarships here that will ask you to tell a story through visual arts like painting, drawing, photography, or filmmaking. You can also get a chance to show the judges who you are through graphic, print, costume/fashion, or game design.

  • Ellice T. Johnston Scholarship for Ceramic Arts

    From Clayfolk

    This scholarship is intended to help ceramic arts students pursue their education in upper-division college or art school courses, at workshops through accredited institutions, and/or in a study abroad program through an accredited institution. Applicants will need to present their portfolio of work in both printed and CD format, along with a brief personal statement, a tax/financial aid form, and two letters of recommendation.

  • Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation Scholarships

    From Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation

    The Electronic Document Scholarship Foundation was started in 1999 to support the next generation of Document Management and Graphic Communication Professionals. A minimum of 40 scholarships are available per year and are awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000-$5,000.

  • Adobe Design Achievement Awards

    From Adobe Systems Incorporated

    Students applying for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards create a profile on the Adobe Awards website and upload their designs for the judges to view. Winners, finalists, and semifinalists are eligible to receive varying award packages. The monetary scholarship prize varies, and is available to finalists and winners who are in their first or second year of an undergraduate degree program.

  • Consumer Home Decor Scholarship Program

    From Consumer Home Decor

    The Consumer Home Decor Scholarship Program is available for both college undergraduate students as well as college graduate students. This scholarships seeks students who are majoring in Business, Literature, or design fields and offers $1,000 to the recipient.

  • Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship

    From Southeastern Theatre Conference, Inc.

    The Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference awards $1,500 to a student entering graduate school for costume design and/or costume technology. The student must submit a portfolio of ten samples and three to five references to be considered.

  • Eric Dybsand Memorial AI Scholarship

    From International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Foundation

    Full-time undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students who are IGDA members, and have an interest in artificial intelligence (AI) are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship winner will receive the IGDA Scholars award prizes in addition to mentoring and networking opportunities with AI professionals.

  • Student Alexia Grant

    From Alexia Foundation

    The Student Alexia Grants are for student visual journalists that promote the foundation’s views of world peace and cultural understanding.

  • American Academy in Rome Prize

    From American Academy in Rome

    The American Academy in Rome Scholarship, titled the Rome Prize, is designed for students specializing in a variety of studies, such as Architecture, Visual Arts, Historic Preservation, Renaissance Studies, Ancient Studies, and other areas. Each winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with a private bath, and a study or studio. The stipends are $16,000 or $28,000.

  • The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter Scholarship

    From The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter

    The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Scholarships has applicants submit either a film or video production they completed, or a script if they’re writers. A short essay, a statement of financial need, and their most recent transcript must also be submitted.

  • PGSF Scholarship

    From Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF)

    The PGSF Scholarship is for U.S. high school seniors and recent graduates, with at least a 3.0 GPA, who are enrolled in a printing or graphics program at an accredited higher education institution. The amount awarded varies from $1,000 - $5,000, for up to four years.

  • ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

    From Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation

    The Entertainment Software Association Foundation Scholarship Program gives up to 30 scholarships annually, 15 to graduating high school seniors and 15 to current college students. The award is for up to $3,000 and the applicant must be a woman or minority student pursing a degree and career in computer and video game arts with a minimum 2.75 GPA.

  • KODAK Student Scholarship Program

    From KODAK

    The Kodak Student Scholarship Program gives a Student Cinematography and Student Scholarship Award each year to students who can demonstrate exceptional skills in the relevant field. Students can be awarded as much as $5,000 as a scholarship.

  • Support Creativity Scholarships

    From Support Creativity

    The Support Creativity Scholarships are for undergraduate and graduate students in the New York Tri-State area who are majoring in any creative field. The main requirement is that students must be passionate about their field, which can include design, animation, editing, photography, art, illustration, or painting. These scholarships do not have any GPA requirements.

  • IFA Paris Scholarships

    From International Fashion Academy (IFA)

    IFA Paris offers three scholarships to students who are interested in the fashion and luxury industry and want to attend any of the IFA schools. To be eligible for these scholarships, students must meet all of the standard admissions requirements, have impressive extracurricular activities/professional experience, and be able to demonstrate their motivation towards their selected program.

  • Nikon Storytellers Scholarships

    From Nikon, Inc.

    The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship supports the next generation of visual content creators and is open to undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited, non-profit college/university or vocational/technical school in the United States or Canada pursuing degrees in visual arts, fine arts, journalism, film, photography and multimedia/content creation.

  • The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists

    From James Alan Cox Foundation

    This scholarship opportunity is aimed at aiding students who have particular interest in photojournalism. Students can receive money for college, as well as technical supplies, should they be awarded the scholarship. It is the perfect opportunity for students who want to pursue a growing field, but do not necessarily have the monetary freedom to do so.

  • Academy Foundation Scholarships

    From Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) Foundation

    The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) Foundation has scholarships for students studying and interested in pursuing careers in the development of interactive entertainment. These scholarships are available to eligible students interested in a career in areas like art, animation, programming, engineering, game direction, game design, sound design, and music composition.

  • Wendy Jackson Hall Memorial Scholarship

    From Wendy Jackson Hall Memorial Scholarship

    The Wendy Jackson Hall Memorial Scholarship commemorates beloved animator Wendy Jackson Hall and helps students who can demonstrate financial need, while simultaneously having been accepted into an arts program from an accredited university. The scholarship is a two-year, $15,000 award.

  • Fashion Scholarship Fund Case Study

    From Fashion Scholarship Fund

    Students currently enrolled in one of the 60 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) member schools are eligible to apply for the $5,000 FSF Scholarships. Eligible students must have at least a 3.0 GPA, a desire and passion to enter the fashion industry, and pursuing a major that is closely aligned to the fashion industry.

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Jocelyn Paonita Pearson

Getting College Scholarships Featuring Jocelyn Paonita Pearson


Get the most important tips and facts about applying for scholarships with this episode of the YesCollege Podcast. Scott is joined by the brilliant Jocelyn Paonita Pearson, founder of The Scholarship System, a site all about helping students (and families) find and get college scholarships. Click here to view this episode's show notes.

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • Where to begin your scholarship search whether you're a student or a parent.
  • What types of scholarships you should actually look for (and which scholarships to avoid).
  • The most important things you need to know when applying for college scholarships.
  • Jocelyn's best tips and advice for earning scholarships.