Cash for Quirks
Scholarships geared toward your most unusual attributes.
Published: August 28, 2013
SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: $1,500 per semester (up to four semesters)
DEADLINE: April 30 (annually)
Chick and Sophie Major
Memorial Duck Calling Contest
REQUIREMENTS: Donald and Daffy Duck impersonators need not apply; stuttgartarkansas.org.
SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: $500-$2,000
DEADLINE: Nov. 23 (annually)
Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest
REQUIREMENTS: To all the wannabe Dolces and Gabbanas: Duck Brand Duct Tape wants you. The sole requirement to earn this college cash is to design and make you and your date’s senior prom attire solely from Duck Tape products; duckbrand.com.
SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: $5,000 for you and $5,000 for your school
DEADLINE: July 8 (annually)
REQUIREMENTS: Working with deli meats and cheeses has never looked so appealing! Applicants must be employees of supermarket dairy, deli or bakery departments, or of companies (such as a food manufacturer, broker or wholesaler) that service/supply those departments; iddba.org.
SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: up to $1,000
Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship
REQUIREMENTS: Ghost hunters, mediums, psychics — oh, my! Applicants for this scholarship must prove an interest in the study of parapsychology, as well as being enrolled in an accredited educational institution; parapsychology.org.
SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: $3,000
DEADLINE: July 15 (annually)
Ludo Frevel Crystallography
REQUIREMENTS: “One atom says to another, ‘I lost my electron!’ The other replies, ‘are you sure?’ ‘I’m positive!’”— If you just laughed, you qualify (almost). To meet the requirements, applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program with major interest in crystallography; icdd.com.
SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: $2,500
DEADLINE: Oct. 23 (annually)
Common Knowledge Scholarship
REQUIREMENTS: Do bizarre tidbits and fun facts intrigue you? The main qualification for this scholarship is to be the participant with the highest score on the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation’s standardized quiz; cksf.org.
SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: up to $2,500
American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program
REQUIREMENTS: The only requirement for this scholarship is that the applicant read a short essay about automatic fire sprinklers, take a 10-question quiz about it, and violà! You’re on your way to being entered into the drawing one time for each question you answer correctly.
SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: $2,000 for high school seniors, $1,000 for college students
DEADLINE: April 2, high school seniors; Aug. 28, college students (annually)
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