10 Unusual Scholarships for Students


American Association for Nude Recreation Educational Foundation Scholarship

Students who are 17 or older and have an AANR affiliation (got a parent who’s a nudist?) or experience with nudism are eligible for this scholarship.

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American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship

Open to high school seniors, you can win one of 10 scholarships worth $2,000 each by taking an open-book, 10-question multiple choice test based on an essay called “Fire Sprinkler Safety.”

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Bucknell University Gertrude J. Deppen Scholarship

A scholarship for those who have resided in Mount Carmel, Penn., for 10 years and are graduates of Mount Carmel Public High School. The catch: you can’t be a habitual user of tobacco, liquor, narcotics, and you must not have participated in strenuous athletic contests.

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The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

High school seniors can compete to earn a scholarship totaling $4,250 (first place gets $2,000 and the rest of the money is divided amongst three other students). To win the top prize, you have to be the best calling a duck.

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Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship

Worth $3,000, this scholarship is designed to assist a student attending an accredited college or university who wishes to pursue a career in the science of parapsychology, the study of psychic and paranormal phenomena.

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Juniata College Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Scholarship

Worth $1,000-1,500 a year to academically successful students, this scholarship is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors attending Juniata College in need of financial aid. One catch: you have to be left-handed.

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Kor Memorial Scholarship

Meant to recognize and encourage scholarship in fields of language study, you can receive $500 through this award administered by the Klingon Language Institute. Familiarity with Klingon (that’s the language spoken by aliens in “Star Trek”)  or other constructed languages isn’t required, but creativity and innovation is preferred.

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Loyola University of Chicago Zolp Scholarship

If you attend Loyola University Chicago, are Catholic, and have the last name Zolp you’re eligible for this scholarship.

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The Michigan Llama Association Kathy Larson And Laurel Zechlinski Memorial Scholarships

Two $1,000 scholarships are given to students chosen by a selection committee determined by the Michigan Llama Association board. You just have to be a member or child of a member of the MLA and hold a minimum GPA of 2.7.

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Tall Clubs International Scholarships

If you’re under 21, starting college in the fall, and at least 5’10” for women and 6’2” for men you could qualify for a scholarship of up to $1,000.

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