Any incoming freshman or recent college graduate can tell you that college isn’t cheap. Scholarships are key for some when applying for schools all over the United States. What if you don’t play a sport? What if you’re into something a little different? Here is a list of unusual scholarships you can possibly apply to right now!
1. Shaw Worth Memorial Scholarship
Are you an animal lover? Have you contributed in a big way to your community through animal protection? The Humane Society of the United States offers a great scholarship of $2,500 to high school seniors who have demonstrated humane ethic. It’s a great way to get involved with the animals in your local community if you haven’t already and a way to be proud of what you’ve done if you have!
2. Nordstrom Scholarship Program
80 students from those United States with a Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack store provides $10,000 to teens applying for financial assistance to attend college. To be eligible, you must have previous volunteer service, community service, or extracurricular activities and at least a 2.7 GPA. Shopping lovers can rejoice at the fact their favorite retailer may contribute to their college education.
3. Robert J. Marriott’s Scholarship Grant
If you or someone you know has a passion for fly fishing – there’s a scholarship for that! Marriott’s scholarship gives the undergraduate or graduate student $500 toward their future study in biology or any related field. A sure catch of a scholarship for your fly fishing fanatic.
4. NDS/DMI Milk Marketing Scholarship
While dairy farming may sound weird to some, to others it’s been a lifestyle they’ve lived forever. Those who can see their career with the cows are eligible for a $100 scholarship. Scholars who are then selected can qualify for an essay contest, where the winner receives and extra $100.
5. Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships
Vegheads can be happy they have a scholarship that meatheads can’t partake in. The Vegetarian Resource Group gives out two $5,000 scholarships for students who show passion for Vegetarian lifestyles and a positive attitude toward a better world.
6. Oregon Space Grant Consortium Scholarship Program
This NASA program provides students who plan on studying Engineering, Science, Technology, or Math with a grant to encourage the study further. If you love space as much as any astronaut, this is the program for you! Soar to new heights with this $4,000 scholarship.
7. American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship Program
Got a passion for wine making (but not drinking?) The American Society for Enology and Viticulture gives those with a taste for crushing grapes a chance to do it professionally. If you plan on pursuing a future in the vineyard, this is a scholarship for you! The minimum GPA is 3.0 for undergraduates and 3.2 for graduates to qualify.
8. The Kor Memorial Scholarship
Star Trekkie? Yeah, there’s a scholarship for that too! This scholarship is for those that can take the fictional Star Trek language Klingon and implement a creative use for it. Those who can exercise this creativity in a proper way will receive $500.
9. National Gay Pilots Association Scholarships
Anyone who is included in the LGBT+ community can apply for this unique scholarship. Students are rewarded with various scholarships for their interest in pursuing an education in the flight industry. Fly high on this unique and adventurous scholarship.
10. Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
This fun and creative opportunity for students asks applicants to plan and use their survival skills. What would you do in a zombie apocalypse? Be creative, be smart, and be resourceful in your essay response. Horror movie lovers and creative writers alike will get joy out of entering this entertainingly unique scholarship.
FunNewJersey.com, a website directory of cool things to do offers a scholarship essay contest every year. Those who plan on attending a two or four-year college in that state of New Jersey can apply! All you need is some great interview skills and a college acceptance letter (at the time of the drawing is okay, too) for this great scholarship to win up to $300!