5 Wacky Scholarships for The Enterprising College Student

Pwacky scholarshipsaying for college is no joke nowadays, with tuition skyrocketing to astronomical costs and student loan debt measuring in the trillions. Nevertheless, going to college is a lifelong dream for a lot of people, and one that won’t be easily cast aside just because you’re a little short on funds. In fact, there are lots of resources out there for a cash-strapped, college bound student, if you just know where to look. Of course there’s Pell Grants and aid for the student that qualifies, but you won’t be able to use them to pay off the entire amount, so it’s not just a great idea to look for scholarships anymore–its practically a necessity!

Some people incorrectly assume that the scholarships out there are just for the incredibly academically blessed or the amazing high school athlete, but we think you’ll be surprised at the wacky scholarships we were able to find for the not-so-flush graduating senior. Whether you’re a prospective college student looking at your scholarship options, or a parent who’s trying to crunch the numbers before your kids fly the nest, take a look at some of the great, outside of the box scholarships we found! Some are super specific, others a little more broad. Chances are, you’ll find that at least one of the wacky scholarships on this list fits the bill for you.

The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

About the Scholarship: 

Stuttgart, Arkansas, proudly boasts that they are the “Rice and Duck Capital of the World!”. Each year on the week of Thanksgiving, they host an annual World’s Champion Duck Calling Contest & Wings Over The Prairie Duck Festival, where college bound seniors can compete for a chance to win a scholarship named after Chick and Sophie Major, two of Stuttgart’s champion duck callers and duck call makers.

The Money: 

1st Place- $2,000

2nd Place-$1,000

3rd Place-$750

4th place-$500

How To Qualify: 

To get the goods, you have to be a graduating senior in the year you are competing, show up to the Stuttgart Duck Festival, and blow the judges away with your superior duck calling skills. While you’re practicing your skills, why not take a look at some expert tips from someone who won over $250,000 worth of scholarships and can teach you how to get great results on your scholarship search? 

The Asparagus Club Scholarship

When you’re looking at scholarships-even wacky scholarships-it’s important to take what you want to do in college. To that end, we present the Asparagus Club Scholarship!

About the Scholarship: 

The Asparagus Club scholarship is sponsored by the National Grocers was designed to help students that are looking to go to school with the goal of pursuing a career in the grocery industry. The NGA has awarded over $850,000 worth of scholarship money since 1990.

The Money: 

10 scholarships, which are subject to funding availability, valued at $1,500 for four consecutive semesters. Essentially, Asparagus Club members are looking at a total of $6,000 to help them further their grocery-minded education.

How To Qualify: 

For entry into the Asparagus Club (and access to that sweet green, pun totally intended), a student must be a rising junior, senior, or graduate college student who intends to pursue a career in the grocery industry. If you qualify, you’ll need to maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average and be enrolled as a full time student. As an additional bonus, a student can be named the Thomas K. Zaucha Asparagus Club Scholar if they are deemed the “most meritorious” among their peers by the Scholarship Advisory Committee and receive an additional $500 per semester for their first year of study.

The Kor Memorial Scholarship

Do you speak Klingon? The Kor Memorial Scholarship is the perfect fit for any aspiring Trekkie looking to further study language in their college careers.

About The Scholarship: 

The Kor Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the Klingon Language Institute, or KLI. For the uninitiated, Klingons are a fictional species of humanoid beings that featured prominently in the Star Trek series and its supplementary lore. Many people have dedicated themselves to learning the Klingon Language, and in that vein, the Kor Memorial Scholarship was devised to help fellow language learners (and no, you don’t have to be studying Klingon!).

The Money: 

$500 per academic year for qualifiers

How to Qualify: 

To qualify, the applicant must be pursuing a degree in a field of language studies first and foremost. To be considered, the student must me nominated by a faculty member or department chair that holds the nominee in “high regard” in the form of a letter. Two additional letters of recommendation must accompany the nominating letter along with a letter of intent from the nominee and the nominee’s CV or educational resume. As we mentioned, to qualify one needn’t speak Klingon, but it definitely doesn’t hurt, and creativity is definitely smiled upon when applying for the Kor Memorial Scholarship. If you do end up with the award, you’ll be honored at the annual conference of the KLI, also known as the qep’a!

AACT National Candy Technologists John Kitt Memorial Scholarship

Now here’s a scholarship that’s really sweet! If you’re interested in confectionary technology–and yes, we know what you’re thinking but that is very much a real thing–than the AACT, or American Association of Candy Technologists has just the award for you.

About the Scholarship: 

According to the AACT, the group is: “… a premier professional group of individual technologists, operations personnel, educators, students, business staff and others dedicated to the advancement of the confectionery industry.” As such, they offer a scholarship each year to students that are interested in entering the very exciting world of candy science. Delicious!

The Money: 

Two installments of $2,500 for a total of $5,000 in award money for the qualified and vetted applicant.

How To Qualify: 

To be considered, an applicant must already be a sophomore, junior, or senior in college with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at a four-year, accredited college or university. In addition, the student must have a demonstrated (emphasis on demonstrated) interest in confectionary technology and be majoring in a direct or related field, which can include food science, chemistry, or biology. The interest in candy technology can be demonstrated a number of ways, including formal studies, research projects, or work experience. It probably goes without saying that you must love candy!

The Zolp Scholarship

Talk about luck of the draw! While some scholarships take a great deal of effort to qualify for and win, others just require being born with the right name!

The Money: 

Up to your entire college tuition (!) at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.

How To Qualify: 

To be considered for the Zolp scholarship, you must fulfill three very basic requirements. First, you must be attending Loyola University in Chicago. Second, as the University was founded on Jesuit principles, the attendee must be Catholic. Third, the attendee must have the last name of Zolp! Of course, you’ll have to prove it with a baptismal certificate and birth certificate, but if you can–well, you’re in luck!

There are so many more scholarships out there that are just ripe for the picking. Not all of them are necessarily wacky scholarships, but you’ll definitely find lots of those; scholarships for people both tall and small, scholarships for duct tape ingénues that can design an awesome duct tape prom dress or tux, and scholarships dedicated solely to potatoes. We’ve only scratched the surface. Whatever you attempt to apply for, remember to keep up with SAT and SAT prep study tips and brush up on overall test-taking skills-some of the scholarships will require proficiency tests alongside the application process. Qap’la! (That’s “best of luck!” in Klingon, of course)