College is expensive. The scholarship application process can be grueling. However, don’t stick to the standard scholarships you may have heard at your high school or online.
There are many weird scholarships and grants available for those who wish to attend college or a vocational program, including one for racking massive amounts of completed scholarship applications.
The wacky world of available scholarships abounds with odd or unique requirements that may put you at the top of the pile and lush with college funding. Guaranteed scholarships are hard to come by, but some of these may make you laugh and want to apply.
Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
Gather your best zombie-fighting squad and sharpen your imaginative skills to apply for this scholarship. Students who are 13 and older by Oct. 31, 2019, can apply if they are legal residents of the United States. They must be currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education or use the money by 2025 for classes at an accredited college.
To enter, submit an essay of 250 words or less that includes the following:
- Describes how your high school or college has been overrun with killer zombies.
- Who has joined the walking dead, the janitor, the science teacher or your best buddies?
- Create a plan on how to avoid zombies as well as where you may hide and what top five items you’d need to stay alive.
The deadline for this is Oct. 31, 2019, and the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship committee will choose winners and notify them by email or phone on or around Jan. 31, 2020.
Scholarships for Redheads
The Redhead Scholarships Award is for students who have that certain hue of hair and meet all other requirements. It’s a fairly recent award, just a little over 10 years old, and can be used at two-year and four-year colleges. Applicants must submit two photos and confirm the hair color is natural.
Parapsychological Association Research Endowment
Dr. Gertrude Schmeidler established an endowment for grants-in-aid and scholarships for students to conduct parapsychological research. The Board of the Parapsychological Association has created a committee that evaluates the funding requests and offers between $2,000 and $5,000 per project if accepted.
The funds are offered to pay for research with 90 percent given before the research is complete and the final 10 percent upon the acceptance of the final report to the committee.
Write a brief and formal proposal of no more than 3,000 words to the committee by June 30 to be considered for this otherworldly scholarship.
Puppetry Education Scholarships
Do you dabble in design or play with puppets for the benefit of others? UNIMA-USA has offered more than 50 scholarships to assist in professional puppetry training abroad for its American members since 1982. That’s a lot of strings across the waters, so to speak.
The intent of the scholarship is to allow students of puppetry to experience other cultures and build international bridges of understanding among this creative and inventive group. The current amount UNIMA-USA is granting is $1,000, and the deadline is Dec. 15.
Fifth Month Scholarship
If numbers are your game, then this odd scholarship is a cinch. The number five is a winner for students who can come up with a winning 250-word or less essay about why the number five is so fantastic.
A student who is 13 years of age by May 31, 2019, and a legal resident of the United States can receive $1,500. The student must be currently enrolled or plan to use the scholarship funds for an accredited college by 2025. The Fifth Month Scholarship winner will be notified by email or phone by or around Aug. 31, 2019.
Asparagus Club Scholarship
The National Grocer’s Association releases up to 10 scholarships each year to any student who has shown an interest in pursuing an education in a field that is directly related to the grocery industry. The amount is $2,000, and the deadline is appropriately in the spring of each year. Students should be full-time and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
C.A.T.S. Tall Club Scholarship Program
Get a lot of glances from the people down below? If you are exceptionally tall and live in central Arizona, you could get a $250 scholarship from the Central Arizona Tall Society that honors students of a specific height.
The scholarship program is in conjunction with the “Kae Sumner Einfeldt Scholarship Award” from the Tall Clubs International that offers $1,000 to qualifying graduates.
Debt.com Scholarship for Aggressive Scholarship Applicants
Are you hungry for funding? Have you sent out a significant amount of scholarships to as many places as you can find? Then don’t stop now!
In an effort to reduce overall student debt and bring awareness to the plight of potential college students seeking scholarships to be able to attend a higher education program, Debt.com has created this approximately $500 scholarship.
Depending on how many scholarships a student has applied for, they can get this scholarship to add to their growing stockpile of college cash.
Doodle 4 Google Scholarship
Budding artists are salivating over this highly lucrative scholarship that also puts them on the map, of sorts. The national winner of the Doodle 4 Google Scholarship program can receive $30,000 to $50,000 and have their artwork exhibited as Google’s daily featured logo.
There are five groups that can enter:
Deadline is each spring. There are many online classes and videos from former winners of the Doodle 4 Google scholarship that can offer insight into the process of the program.
It’s long been a debate. Is it better to funnel your funds into a home you own and are completely responsible for or hand it over to a landlord and take on less responsibility about the upkeep of your abode?
Write an essay that is 800 words or less about the pros and cons of buying versus renting a home. Deadline is mid-December to enter to be awarded a $2,500 scholarship. Second and third place each receive $500.
Make Me Laugh Scholarship
Break free from the seriousness of filling out all those scholarship applications and lighten things up with a rich joke. Unigo wants to know that you haven’t lost your sense of humor after going through the rigorous scholarship application process.
Take some time away from the serious art of crafting a stellar scholarship essay and craft a funny story about a real-life situation or fictional farce. You could end up laughing all the way to the bank with an extra $1,500 in scholarship money.
United Federation of Dolls Clubs (UFDC)
If you have a penchant for playing with dolls or a respect for the design and potential of dolls, then this scholarship is a perfect fit. Dress up your application with all the knowledge you have about dolls, from antique dolls to doll composition or costuming.
Applicants can vie for one of the four scholarships that UFDC offers in research, antiques, design and dress. The scholarship is set up to promote research, understanding, appreciation and knowledge of this historical piece of childhood and beyond.
American Fire Sprinkler Association
Sprinklers are often overlooked and yet are an important part of fire safety.
Submit a moving essay on automatic fire sprinklers for a chance to receive a $1,000 or $2,000 scholarship awarded by the American Fire Sprinkler Association. The scholarship was set up to educate the public about the life-saving properties of those automatic fire sprinklers installed in commercial properties around the country.
The contest has varying deadlines for its two scholarships. The $2,000 scholarship is for high school seniors hoping to attend college or a trade school to further their education. The $1,000 scholarship is open to high school graduates or those with an equivalent degree.
Is poetry your jam? Does putting together a limerick or haiku sound good to you? The Prudent Publishing Company, Inc./The Gallery Collection wants to hear from students who have a proclivity for poetry or putting sentiments into snippets ideal for creating touching greeting cards.
It’s a lot of moola for a few sweet stanzas. The scholarship is an eye-popping $10,000, all in cash. When submitting applications for this lucrative scholarship, you must include an original piece of art work or a photograph you own or that is not trademarked. The student’s school will also receive a $1,000 reward.
Flying Musicians Association Solo Scholarship
Do the lilting notes of sweet songs send you soaring? The Flying Musicians Association, Inc., hears you. The association has created a scholarship for adept musicians who also love to take to the skies. If you are a high school student in your junior or senior year and are an excellent musician and love to fly small air craft, then you need to make this a priority scholarship to apply to.
In order to apply, the student’s music director needs to nominate the applicant. The amount of the scholarship varies annually. Upon the award, the student is partnered with a local flight school. This is open to homeschool children or any student who is 16 years or older.
Tall Pines Quilt Guild Scholarships
Sew up a debt-free college education with scholarships aimed at crafters who can expertly wield a needle and thread. If you live in the Tall Pines area and can easily demonstrate proficiency for sewing, then this guild would like to hear from you.
They award anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per student applicant that meets the requirements. Not an expert seamstress? Students who are pursuing a math education degree are also honored with scholarships by this generous guild.
Moroney Awards for Scholarship in Postal History
Students who adore stamps and history can combine these two hobbies for a $1,000 and $2,000 award from the United States Postal Service. The Rita Lloyd Moroney Awards are two biennial prizes given for research on the rich history of the American postal system.
The awards are open to junior scholars, undergraduates and graduate students, who write a journal article, book chapter or conference paper. Master’s thesis or dissertations are also accepted.
Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship
For those who prefer clean air and abhor bad habits such as smoking, this scholarship can allow you to vent your opinions and win an award for college. The Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to Reduce Tobacco Use Among Priority Populations is looking for culturally appropriate health messages. Students need to use visual arts, creative writing, media or other creative format that can convey a message of health and vitality.
- Unigo: Zombie Scholarship
- Parapsychological Association: Research Endowment
- Unima-USA: Home
- Unigo: Fifth Month Scholarship
- National Grocer's Association: Asparagus Club Scholarship
- Central Arizona Tall Society: C.A.T.S. Tall Club Scholarship Program
- Debt.com: Scholarship For Aggressive Scholarship Applicants
- Foreclosure.com: Scholarship Program
- Make Me Laugh: Scholarship
- World Scholarship Forum: Redhead Scholarship 2019-2020 | USA Scholarships
Kimberley McGee is an award-winning journalist with 20+ years of experience writing about education, jobs, business trends and more for The New York Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Today’s Parent and other publications. She graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from UNLV. Her full bio and clips can be seen at www.vegaswriter.com.