Get Weird Scholarships in Odd Ways
If getting money for college isn’t going to work out for you from your GPA, community involvement, or sports, consider getting some of the weird scholarships in odd ways that are offered. There are really so many of them that you may be skeptical at first. Find those that you are a good fit for and see that money for college grow!
These are uncommon and odd scholarships that not everyone will be applying for, so you also increase your chances of winning simply by the numbers alone. You may not agree that the below are odd ways for student financial aid, but I’m an old school gal who grew up in an era that the only students who got all the scholarships were the near genious kids with ONLY high GPA and SAT test scores.
Culinary Institute America’s All American Apple Pie Recipe Contest
If you are a baker, why not take your shot at this money by creating an amazing apple pie? The money is definitely worth it. They offer 3rd prize of $10,000, 2nd prize of $15,000, and 1st prize of $25,000. To qualify, applicants must submit a complete packet by August 15th. This includes the application, an essay about apples, and the recipe that they plan to use. Any incoming college freshman with an interest in culinary arts can apply.
This sponsor continues to support this field and to inspire those interested to pursue it. They want to see the world of culinary arts filled with those that are motivated, that want to create new delicious foods, and that follow all of the standards for safe food handling.
American Welding Society Scholarships – odd ways of getting weird scholarships!
Not everyone can say they are able to weld as a skill, but if you can then you may be able to get some money for school through this weird welding scholarship. The area of welding can be thermal spraying, joining, brazing, or soldering. They award several welding scholarships annually worth up to $25,000 each. The application deadline is February 15th.
This sponsor has been in place since 1989 with the goal of helping the welding industry to grow with well qualified individuals. They would like to be able to help offer funding for students that wish to pursue this particular type of work. They continue to also provide education for safe welding practices.
The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest – write a weird story!
This organization offers odd college scholarships to the best authors and illustrators in the realm of science fiction. It is sponsored by the well-known L. Ron Hubbard. Applicants can’t have any previous work professionally published. There are four entry deadlines throughout the year – January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st. For each of those deadlines there are three winners. 3rd place is $500, second place is $750, and 1st place is $1,000. The sponsor has this sort of weird scholarship in place to help inspire and recognize those that take part in keeping the world of science fiction alive.
Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship
There are oddball scholarships out there for hobbies, so why not for your food choices? If you are firm in your beliefs not to consume meat then you may be able to get $5,000 through this organization. They offer two of these weird scholarships annually to high school seniors. Your application also needs to be supported by proven methods you have undertaken to promote vegetarianism in your school and your community. The funds come from an anonymous donor for this scholarship. Applications are due by February 20th.
National Make it Yourself with Wool Competition
This is a weird scholarship you can easily win with your creativity by making a garment out of 100% wool or 60% wool blend. There are different age groups to apply in (12 and under, 13 to 16, 17 to 24, and those 25 and older). The age group is the person’s age as of December 31st which is the entry deadline. Apply within your own state and the winners from those states will be sent to the National contest for judging. There is a $2,000 scholarship awarded for the junior and senior category. For the older two categories the scholarship is $1,000. The sponsor offers these wacky scholarships to help promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics.