7 of the world’s weirdest scholarships

Tired of applying for scholarships with thousands of applicants, that you have little to no chance of winning? Have other non-traditional talents or traits that separate you from the pack? Maybe you’re really tall. Or you know how to use duct tape to make a prom dress. If so, you could win big money:


1. Duck Tape Stuck at Prom Contest

duck tape prom scholarships

If you’re into design or fashion—or just have a knack for creative thinking—and are good with your hands, then this scholarship contest is for you: design and accessorize your prom outfit using duct tape, then wear that outfit to prom for a chance to win a scholarship! Even better, you won’t have to buy an expensive tux or dress. Learn more!


2. The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

Chick and Sophie duck calling scholarship

Are you a high school senior with a flawless duck impression? You know: quack, quack. Then flaunt your talent for a chance to win a scholarship—$4,250 is up for grabs! Check it out here!


3. Tall Clubs International Scholarship for Tall People

Tall people scholarships

Being tall is good for several reasons. You have a leg up in basketball, can always see the screen at movie theaters, and never have trouble getting a glass off the top shelf. Now, you can add your own scholarship to the list! If you’re under 21 and tall enough to qualify—5’10” for women; 6’2” for men—you could win up to $1000. Check it out!


4. Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation Scholarship

Vacuum coater foundation scholarships

Love vacuum cleaners? Entering or already participating in a course of study related to vacuum coating technology? Then you could win an award for use on tuition, books, fees, or even travel to conferences. Learn more here!


5. National Make it with Wool Contest

Make it with Wool Winners

Do you have fine motor skills? Can you knit anything? This national contest “promote[s] the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns” and “encourage[s] personal creativity in sewing, knitting and crocheting with wool fabrics and yarns.” Better yet, students can enter their finest creation for a chance to win a scholarship. Take a look! 


6. American Association of Candy Technologists Scholarship

American Association of Candy Technologists scholarships

You read correctly! There’s a scholarship for people who love candy! At least, if you love candy and have “demonstrated interest in confectionery technology.” That means a major in food science, chemical science, biological science, or a related field of study. Plus, you need a sweet tooth. Learn more!


7. Ayn Rand Essay Contest

Ayn Rand Novels scholarships

If you love Anthem, The Fountainhead, or Atlas Shrugged, and have something insightful to say about those books, you could score a lot of money—just for speaking your mind! Check it out!



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