According to the recent data, there is a total of $1.71 trillion of US student loan debt. In other words, 44.7 million Americans attend college with student loan debt. And that is one of the reasons why a considerable number of students in the USA tend to drop out of their colleges within the first year. This is where the role of scholarships comes into play. Nowadays, scholarships are not only based on academic merits. Read this blog to know about all the unconventional weird college scholarships in the USA.
1. Mycological Society of America’s Scholarships
The different types of awards include Plaque, lifetime membership, Plaque, and Monetary award, etc. Mycologists, Non-traditional mycologists, early-career mycologists, etc. are eligible for this scholarship.
2. Tattoo Journal Ink Scholarship
This scholarship program is for every student who has the drive and ambition to succeed. You can avail yourself up to $3500 if you win this program and prepare for your future career. You have to be a student of undergraduate or postgraduate in the USA.
And you are required to submit an essay within 1000-1500 words on the topic ‘BEHIND THE INK: myth and reality.’ That means you need to discuss all the myths and realities related to tattoos in the essay. Three essay writers get the chance to win.
3. American Board of Funeral Service Education National Scholarship
You are eligible for this scholarship program if you have completed at least one quarter or semester in an accredited mortuary service program or funeral service. You should have at least one semester or term remaining.
You can complete it after the scholarship has been awarded to you. Fill up all the forms as required by the Scholarship Committee of the American Board of Funeral Service Education and submit them before the deadlines.
4. American Association of Candy Technologists John Kitt Memorial Scholarship
This program is sponsored by the American Association of Candy Technologists. You are required to be a college sophomore, senior or junior who is attending an accredited four-year university or college in the US.
The required areas of study include chemical science, food science, biological science, or related areas. The award isn’t renewable and you don’t have to repay it as well.
5. American Society of Enology and Viticulture Scholarships
This program is sponsored by the American Society of Enology and Viticulture. You have to be a resident of North America to be eligible for this scholarship. You need to demonstrate your financial need and have at least a GPA score of 3.0.
The award amount varies depending on your financial requirement and GPA score.
6. The Asparagus Club Scholarship
Sponsored by the NGA Foundation, this scholarship program doesn’t require you to love asparagus no matter what. On the contrary, you are required to be a rising full-time junior, senior, or graduate student pursuing a business degree in the grocery industry.
The required areas of study include food management, business, wholesale and independent retail. You can renew this award if you maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and full-time status.
7. Branson Shows Inspired Scholarships
Students who are legal residents of the United States can apply for this program. Also, the ages accepted in this program are 16-19. You need to write an essay on how the show inspired you to realize your dreams and submit them on time.
Only the best essays will get this award. You can receive $1000 through this scholarship program.
8. Collegiate Inventors Competition
This scholarship program lets you compete with the nation’s most creative college students while networking with world-class inventors. This program is sponsored by the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
You are required to be a full-time student for at least twelve months before you apply for the program. There aren’t any limits for the number of entries a team or an individual can submit. However, each student can receive only one award.
9. Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship
It is sponsored by the Western Golf Association /Evans Scholar Foundation. You are required to have a strong caddie record, an outstanding personality along with excellent academic records. You can apply for this program to demonstrate your financial need.
Official financial documentation, caddie evaluation, high school evaluation along with the essential College Scholarship Service Financial Aid Profile is required.
10. Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest
The award amount is $10,000. All you have to do is create your own creative greeting card to win this scholarship program. Then a panel of experts will judge and vote for the best greeting card and give away the award accordingly.
This program is sponsored by the Gallery Collection. You are required to be a legal resident of the United States and enroll during the latter half of the academic year. The factors that the experts consider are overall aesthetic appeal, creativity, and originality, quality of execution, successful incorporation of design elements, etc.
11. Doodle 4 Google Scholarships
As the name suggests, t his scholarship program is sponsored by Google Search. You should be a high school student and showcase your creativity based on the theme provided by this program. The award coverage is excellent.
You get $50,000 for Education technology for his school and a $30,000 college scholarship.
You will get $500 scholarships from Debt.com for applying to other scholarship programs. The purpose of this scholarship program is to inspire other Americans to fight their way to achieve financial independence.
You are required to be a high school student, a college student, or a graduate. To opt for the award, you need to send the confirmation emails from scholarship programs that you applied for back to the sponsor. You also need to submit a short letter about yourself to be eligible for this program.
13. AFSA Scholarship
This program is sponsored by the American Fire Sprinkler Association. To be eligible for this award, you must be a legal US citizen and also a high school senior. You are required to fill out a survey into the random scholarship drawing.
This is awarded every year and isn’t renewable. The winner must enroll in her/his classes within the Fall 2021 session. The selection of winners isn’t based on your financial needs, demographic criteria, or GPA. Homeschooled students can also apply if they follow the same syllabus as followed by high school.
14. Coffee For Less
This scholarship program intends to help the future leaders of the business world meet their educational goals. Students between the ages of 18-15 can apply for this program. You are required to be enrolled in an accredited college or university.
You can compete once in January and in September to win this scholarship. You need to submit an essay on the importance of education and the best essay will win $500.
15. Miller Electric International WorldSkills Competition Scholarship
It offers financial aid to individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in welding engineering or welding engineering technology. You are required to be a full-time undergraduate student in a four-year bachelor’s course in WET or WE.
There are two awards of $3000 each and it is given out annually.
16. SBO Magazine Scholarship
This program is sponsored by the School Band & Orchestra Magazine. To be eligible for this award, you must be a student in a school music program. Submit a 250-word essay based on the prompt about music.
You will be awarded $1000 for each application. This award isn’t renewable and is available every year.
17. National Potato Council
You are required to be a graduate student pursuing advanced studies in agribusiness supporting the potato industry. The factors considered in this scholarship program include your past academic achievement, potato-related areas of graduate study.
The related areas of study are agricultural engineering, crop and soil science, agronomy, food sciences, etc. The award money is $10,000.
18. Illuminating Engineering Society Scholarships
Full-time students with a desire to pursue illumination as a career can apply for this scholarship program. This scholarship intends to cover all fields of lighting such as commercial, agricultural, navigational, airport, vision, etc.
Junior, senior, or graduate students who study in an accredited four-year college or university located in Washington, Oregon, or Northern California is preferred in this program. You can make at least $25000 grants each academic year.
19. Rolex European Scholarships
This program is sponsored by the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society. You are required to be a certified SCUBA driver to be eligible for this program. The age group suitable for this program is within 21-24.
Besides being a certified SCUBA driver, you are also required to show a good academic record and pass a medical physical exam. The scholarship award is for a year of intensive travel.
20. Shout It Out Scholarships
This program is sponsored by Unigo. You are required to be a United States citizen or a permanent resident. The age requirement is 13+. You should be currently enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.
You need to write a short article that responds to the question “If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?”
21. Starfleet Academy Scholarship
This program is sponsored by Starfleet: The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc. You are required to be an active STARFLEET member for at least one year.
Also, you need to attend a community college or a four-year college/university, junior college, technical school, or graduate school. The scholarships are awarded at the annual International Conference each summer.
22. Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry Scholarships
You are required to pursue an education in the paper and related industries to be eligible for this award. The number of applications accepted is 49. The required areas of study include engineering, paper, pulp, science, forest resources, nonwovens, and types of packaging boxes.
It is awarded every year. TAPPI awards at least $50,000 to graduate and undergraduate students in the industries mentioned above.
23. Tall Club International Foundation
You should attend the first year of college in the following fall. The minimum requirement for height for men is 6’2” and 5’10” for women. You need to contact a TCI Member Club to get this application.
It is sponsored by Tall Clubs International. You are required to be under the age of 21 to be eligible for this award.
24. Vegetarian Resource Group
The Vegetarian Resource Group provides two scholarships award of $5000 along with a $10,000 scholarship award. Graduating high school students in the United States who have promoted vegetarianism in their communities or schools can submit their applications.
The applications should be postmarked on or before 20th February 2022. You will be judged on the basis of factors such as courage, compassion, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world.
25. Zolp Scholarship
This program is sponsored by Loyola University Chicago. You have to be Roman Catholic. Your last name should be spelled Zolp and it should appear on your birth certificate and baptismal certificate.
The award amount varies and is renewable if you can maintain a minimum GPA score of 3.0.
26. National Marbles Tournament Scholarship
The awards maintain the fun, spirited and competitive nature of the tournament alive and consistent. The award money is $2000 and anyone within the age of 7-14 can compete in the annual National Marbles Tournament.
This program awards 2 champions and 2 sportsmanship winners.
27. Parapsychological Association
The award money for this scholarship award is $5000. If you are researching parapsychology topics such as paranormal activity, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, telepathy, etc., this is the perfect scholarship for you.
You need to have a strong scientific understanding of psychic phenomena such as remote viewing, telepathy, psychic healing, precognition, and experimental research to be eligible for this award.
28. Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
Are you one of those who love shooting zombies in video games and are really good at it? Well, this award is then for you. The award amount is $2000. You are required to be a US resident and at least 13 years old.
You need to submit a 250-word essay on how to avoid an attack by Zombies at your high school.
29. SVC Foundation Scholarship
The goal of this program is to support educational, charitable, and scientific activities. You can submit your application here if you are interested in pursuing your education in the field of vacuum coating technology.
You can also receive grants to attend and present technical assignments at the annual SVC Technical Symposium.
30. A Voice for Cats Essay Content Scholarship
The award amount is $1000. It is a perfect program to apply for if you are a cat lover. All you have to do is write about feline welfare and the best essay is going to win the scholarship award.
This program also gives you the opportunity to receive an additional $1000 to donate to an organization of your choice.
You are eligible for this award if you are a member of the Union Union Internationale de la Marionnette-USA, have demonstrated your expertise in puppetry and you have to be 18 years old.
The full form is Union Internationale de la Marionnette-USA) Scholarship. The award amount is $1000 and it is perfect for students interested in becoming puppeteers.
32. Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship
You need to provide a FAFSA form, your high school transcript, and essay responses. The essay responses include a personal statement and about your favorite Magic card and why and the lessons to learn to Magic.
The FAFSA form is how the program takes your financial need into account. The award amount is $5000.
33. Clowns of America Internatinal Scholarship
The award varies depending on the admission criteria you meet as per the scholarship program guidelines. You can apply for the program if you plan to attend a family-friendly entertainment program or a clown college for a minimum of 10 hours.
You are required to apply for this program from the Clowns of America, International.
34. The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship
This scholarship program intends to nurture talents in the field of mystery writing such as non-fiction, fiction, screenwriting, and playwriting. Permanent residents of the United States can apply for this program.
If you wish to improve your writing skills and receive an award at the same time, this is the program for you.
35. John Gatling Scholarship
Established by Mr. John Gatling, a Raleigh businessman, this grant was brought forth to benefit students with the surname Gatling or Gatlin. You are required to provide a copy of your birth certificate thereby confirming the surname as mentioned.
Also, you need to maintain full-time enrollment and remain in an undergraduate program while applying for this program.
36. Brilliance Sholarship
Creative students of any discipline are eligible for this scholarship program. The winner gets a chance to win a $1000 scholarship on the basis of their jewelry design abilities. You need to create an original diamond ring design.
And you need to submit writing of about 200 words about the design and its inspiration.
37. Discover Scholarship Award
The award amount is $5000. You don’t need to purchase or a student loan to be eligible for this award. You can also earn up to three bonus entries when you share the scholarship information via Facebook or Instagram Account.
12 eligible students or parents will be awarded this amount on the basis of random selection.
38. Halloween Costume Scholarship
Do you have fond memories of a favorite Halloween costume? Well, write about it and earn an impressive scholarship amount. The award is $1000. All you have to do is write an essay about memorable Halloween costumes.
Use plenty of details to make your essay come to life.
39. The Flavor of the Month Scholarship
The award amount for this scholarship program is $1500. You are required to write an essay of 250 words on ‘If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?’ In the essay, you are required to describe how the ice cream flavor reflects your personality the best.
Applicants should be at least 14 years of age and a legal resident of the United States to be eligible for this program.
40. Fifth Month Scholarship
The award amount is $1500 and the deadline is 5.31.2022. You need to describe how the number five is significant to you in an online written response. One lucky and creative student can get a chance of winning one $1500 scholarship.
You have to be at least 14 years of age and a legal US citizen.
41. The Ukulele Festival Hawaii College Scholarship Program
This program is funded by Ukulele Festival Hawaii which is a non-profit organization founded in 2004. You are required to be a current graduating high school senior or a resident of Hawaii to be eligible for this program.
Besides this, you should be accepted for admission to an accredited university or college and have a passion for Ukulele.
42. STS Travel Scholarship
You can apply for this program if you are an undergraduate student studying at an accredited US college or university. The program requires you to submit a 3-5 minute video about your plans to market vacation to college students.
43. Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is available for the ones pursuing a degree in sheep-related graduate studies. You get an amount of $3000. The purpose of this program is to promote the advancement of the United States sheep industry, wool, and lamb.
You can apply for this program if you are a graduate-level student attending a school in the United States.
44. Pokemon World Championship Scholarship
The Pokemon World Championship isn’t only for lifetime prestige and bragging rights. You can also win a scholarship award that’s applicable even 10 years from the day you win the award.
The events at the Pokemon Championship take place throughout the year and players are invited from different parts of the world.
45. Monarch Butterfly Scholarship Grant
You can apply for this program if you are at least 18 years of age and legal residents of any of the 50 United States of America. However, residents of US territories and Puerto Rico are not eligible.
You have to be environmental educators to be eligible for this award. The related areas of study include climate change, biology, zoology, etc.
46. Lake Erie College Scholarship
You can win this scholarship award based on your acceptance to Lake Eric College, your overall GPA scores, and your high school transcript. The scholarship can be renewed if you meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress.
SAP standard and f you remain enrolled full-time. The award amount is $18,000.
47. The Frederick and Mary F.Beckley Left-Handed Scholarship
This scholarship program lets left-handers find recognition. Left-handers can also get financial assistance for their education at Juniata College. It is worth $1000 to $1500 a year. The award is reserved for juniors or seniors attending Juniata College, and sophomores.
48. Do Something Easy Scholarship
You can apply for this program if you live in the US or Canada and are 25 years old or younger. There’s no requirement of essays, GPA scores, recommendations, or additional applications to be eligible for this program.
All you have to do is be interested in community service or volunteering.
49. Superpower Scholarship
The award amount is $2500. You have to be a legal resident of the United States or a resident of any one of the 50 United States to be eligible for this application. The age requirement is at least 14 years.
You need to submit an online written response to ‘Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?’
50. Make Me Laugh Schoalrship
The award amount for this program is $1500. You have to be a legal resident of the United States or a resident of any one of the 50 United States to be eligible for this application.
You need to submit an online written response about an incident n your life that’s funny or embarrassing and makes us laugh.
There are no shortages when it comes to applying for a scholarship program. Whether you are left-handed or you have a funny incident to share, there’s a scholarship award for almost anything as discussed in this blog. Please leave your comment below if the blog is useful and follow up with Live Business Blog.