Landing a college scholarship isn’t the easiest thing to do. You’re likely competing against thousands of other applicants and finding ways to stand out can be difficult. Instead of going for those highly competitive scholarships, why not apply for one of these lesser-known opportunities that play to your unique strengths?
Check out the list of unique or weird scholarships below:
John Lennon Scholarships
Enter if: You’ve written an original song or composition.
Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in college and between the ages of 17 and 24.
Amount: Prizes vary, but the foundation gives away a total of $20,000 each year.
More info: www.bmi.com/foundation/program/john_lennon_scholarships
Tall Clubs International Scholarship
Enter if: You’re tall. (Seriously, that’s it.)
Eligibility: Females must be a minimum of 5’10” and males must be at least 6’2”. Applicants must also be under the age of 21.
Amount: $1,000 (one for male and one for female).
More info: www.tall.org/tci-acts/scholarships-2
“Stuck at Prom” Scholarship
Enter if: You want to design a duct tape prom dress and tux for you and your date.
Eligibility: Must be a high school student over the age of 14.
Amount: $5,000 (first place); $3,000 (second); $2,000 (third) and $500 (runners-up).
More info: www.duckbrand.com/promotions/stuck-at-prom.aspx
Collegiate Inventors Competition
Enter if: You have an original invention in any sort of field.
Eligibility: Must be a full-time
Amount: Undergrad division: $12,000 (gold); $10,000 (silver); $5,000 (bronze). Graduate division: $15,000 (gold); $12,500 (silver); $10,000 (bronze).
More info: www.invent.org/collegiate/overview.html#awards
Beans for Brains Scholarship Program
Enter if: You’re a knitter. Send in a photo of a recent project along with your application.
Eligibility: Must be a graduating high school senior, undergrad or graduate student in any field of study.
More info: www.jimmybeanswool.com/scholarshipHome.asp
Call them strange, unique, or just plain weird scholarships. If you fit the bill, the benefit can be yours!