The 10 Most Unusual College Scholarships In 2018

Being weird may just help you receive more free college funding than you thought. Universities offer plenty of scholarships to help a wide range of students meet their educational and financial needs. However, there are also a ton of other scholarships that don’t get as much attention. These are often some of the strangest college scholarships.

For example, you may have gotten fun of for being too tall but now is your time to rise above the jokes because there are actual scholarships for tall people. You may be thinking, do people actually apply to these? The stranger the scholarship, the fewer people likely to apply. The odds are in your favor. Why not embrace your quirks and your offbeat interests?

Take a look at look at this eclectic list of some of the weirdest scholarships for college students.

National Cartoonists Society Foundation – Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship

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Deadline: 12/15/18
Award Amount: $5,000

The Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship is available to college juniors and seniors. If you’re artistically inclined, you’ll want to take advantage of this scholarship. You must submit eight examples of your own cartooning artwork to be considered for this award.

Morgan/O’Neill Underwater Photography Grant

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Deadline: 10/31/18
Award Amount: $2,000

The Morgan/O’Neill Underwater Photography Grant is open to female students (college freshmen through graduate students, year 5) who are looking to continue their development in the field of underwater photography. You must be a certified diver in order to qualify for this award. Ladies, this is your time to dive in on this opportunity. Easy Scholarships

Volunteers smiling in the park


Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019
Award Amount: $5,000

If “easy scholarships” isn’t motivating enough, I don’t know what is. Through this organization, students can win scholarships by volunteering. You can participate in several community service projects, such as spreading the word about the dangers of impaired driving, which includes driving while drunk, high or drowsy.

Tall Clubs International Scholarship

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Deadline: 2/01/19
Award Amount: $1,000

The Tall Clubs International Scholarship is available to college freshmen students (Maximum age is 21 years old) who are above average height (at least 5’10” for women and at least 6’2″ for men). You must be under the age of 21 and entering your first year of college in order to qualify for this award. You must contact your local TCI Member Club to request sponsorship before applying.

Second Career Scholarship

Wooden caskets in a funeral home


Deadline: 12/01/18
Award Amount: $1,500

The Second Career Scholarship is available to full-time mortuary science students (college freshmen through college seniors). Preference is given to students who demonstrate current or future employment or involvement with an independently owned and operated funeral home.

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

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Deadline: 3/01/19
Award Amount: $10,000

The Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest is open to currently enrolled high school freshman through college graduate students in the United States. You must be at least 14 years of age to be eligible for this award. To enter, you must design a holiday, get well, or birthday greeting card and submit your work to be judged. All photos, art, and graphics submitted must be your own original work and.

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

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Deadline: 2/20/19
Award Amount: 1 Awards of $10,000, 2 Awards of $5,000

The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship is available to high school seniors through college freshmen. You must have been active in promoting vegetarianism in your school and/or community. To be considered for this award, you must have demonstrated compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.

Clowns of America International Scholarship

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Deadline: 3/01/19
Award Amount: Varies

The Clowns of America International (COAI) Scholarship is available to high school freshmen through graduate students, year 5, enrolled in family entertainment educational programs that run for a minimum of ten hours. You must be a COAI member in good standing for at least one year in order to be considered for this award.

National Rice Month Scholarship

Person holding a pile of rice in both hands


Deadline: 10/31/18
Award Amount: 3 awards from $1,500 – $4,000

The National Rice Month Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors through college freshman who are from the rice-growing states of Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri or Texas. You must submit a video of no more than three minutes about U.S. rice, National Rice Month and the importance of rice to your state in order to be considered for this award.

Twin/Triplet Dorm Room Waiver

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Deadline: Varies
Award Amount: Varies

The Twin/Triplet Dorm Room Waiver is available to full-time entering freshmen at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. You must be a twin or triplet and all must attend NEO together. You don’t have to room together to be eligible for this award.

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