So you’ve scoured the internet for scholarships and grants catered to “people like you” – architects, brown-eyes, older siblings – and come up with nothing. Let’s turn to the weird-wide web. These 10 wacky scholarships for undergraduate students go beyond am/is/was/were/be/being/been qualifications and could win you big bucks for a little creativity.
- Create a Greeting Card Scholarship
Ever strolled through the greeting card aisle and thought, “I could make something like this.” Well now you can! The Gallery Collection is offering $10,000 to the winning designer and $1,000 to the winners’ school. The design, which will be voted on and judged based on its overall aesthetic appeal, use of design elements and appropriateness as a greeting card, is due March 1, 2018. Don’t wait – the longer it’s posted the more votes you can earn to qualify for the top 10!
- Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway
A full-ride is every student’s dream, and Dr. Pepper is making dreams come true for 18- to 24- year-olds across the country. Simply write how you will change the world in 350 words or less and get 50 votes for your story, then you can make a video to get more fans! The video will be judged based on overall presentation quality, how you want to make an impact with your education, the inclusion of Dr. Pepper (not mandatory, but recommended), how the tuition prize will impact your life, community, or the world. Take your mark soon – this year’s contest closes on October 18, 2017.
- Aryn Rand Atlas Shrugged Scholarship
Hey bookworm, this scholarship is for you! AynRand.org invites applicants around the world to choose one of three prompts based Ayn Rand’s fourth and last novel, Atlas Shrugged, and write an 800- to 1600-word essay. Entries will be judged based on how well students argue for his or her view, not according to whether or not the judges agree with it. Submissions must be post-marked or submitted online by May 15, 2018.
- Davis Putter Scholarship Fund
This is for those who need money, but more importantly for those want and stand for justice. The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund gives a need-based scholarship to students who are activists for progressive causes. Past recipients have been active in “the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity” (davisputter.org). Read through the Frequenly Asked Questions for this one to make sure you’re eligible – applications open in January and close March 31, 2018.
- Collegiate Inventors Competition
I wouldn’t be surprised to find the next Elon Musk winning this thing. Founded in 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has brought people together to showcase and recognize cutting-edge research and discovery. Finalists will not only be judged by a panel of experts, but will also receive feedback and brainstorm to bring their inventions to the next level. Innovators, prepare your ideas for Spring 2018 when the contest re-opens!
- Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Davidson Fellows are some of our best and brightest. With categories like Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box, applicants under 18 have many opportunities to show the Davidson Institute how exceptional they are. Students will be evaluated based on their significant work, which is defined as an accomplishment that experts in the field recognize as meaningful and has the potential to make a positive contribution to society. Applicants must be 18 or younger as of 18 or younger as of Oct. 1, 2018.
- American Fire Sprinkler Association Second Chance Scholarship
Fire Sprinklers; that’s not something you hear about every day. But the American Fire Sprinkler Association is dedicated to the educating the public of the use of automatic fire sprinkler systems, so since 2010 they have been awarding students who are interested in learning more. Entries are only accepted through the scholarship website and the deadline is in August.
- Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
You should really apply to this one, it’s just common sense! This foundation offers awards through the use of internet-based quizzes with topics that range from common knowledge to specific academic subjects. There are no GPA requirements or essays involved. Simply register, and receive notifications when new quizzes are available.
- Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
Just in time for Halloween, Unigo is offering a scholarship to those who are most-likely to survive a zombie apocalypse. Think you got what it takes? In 250 words or less, tell the world how you will make it out alive, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring with you. Hurry – this application closes October 31, 2017!
- Denny’s Hungry for Education
You have an hunger for knowledge, and Denny’s has a goal to end child hunger. It’s the perfect combo! In partnership with eight leading non-profit minority advocacy groups, Denny’s will recognize and reward students for their ideas to fight against childhood hunger. Click the link above and select “College Students (Nationwide)” to register, and then select the non-profit scholarship you want to apply for. Application requirements vary depending on the organization, but all applications are avialable from September 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017.