More than 70 percent of modern college students graduate with student loan debt, totaling an average of $37,172. Weird scholarships can help ease the financial burden of college. But they do more than that. They can also help boost your confidence, help you get into more prestigious schools, and open the door to new opportunities.
But simply applying for the scholarships offered by the colleges you’re interested in will greatly limit the amount of money you could receive.
Keep reading to learn about a few weird scholarships that you need to apply for.
The American Nudist Research Library Scholarship:
Being an active college nudist will very likely get you kicked off campus. But if you have a passion for the nudist movement, it might just help you earn this scholarship.
The American Nudist Research Library was established in 1979. It preserves documents related to the nudist movement.
This scholarship does require a commitment to work for the library after graduation, where clothing is reportedly optional.
American Association for Nude Recreation Education Foundation
Believe it or not, there’s more than one scholarship out there for those passionate about living life unrestrained by clothing.
The American Association for Nude Recreation Education Foundation wants to help inspire future generations to keep spreading awareness of issues related to, well, nudity.
This includes spreading awareness of the risk of skin cancer, body image acceptance, and art and literature related to the nudist movement. The Foundation also seeks to spread awareness of nudism and increase public acceptance.
If you’re passionate about these and other issues, you might stand a chance at landing this scholarship.
The Carnegie Mellon Bagpipe Scholarship:
If you’re looking for odd scholarships with little competition, look no further. The Carnegie Mellon Bagpipe Scholarship is awarded to a deserving bagpipe player who plans to major in, you guessed it, bagpipes, at Carnegie Mellon.
It doesn’t get much more specific than that.
Most years, the scholarship gets just one or two applications. Other years it doesn’t receive any.
The Starfleet Academy Scholarship:
Although it’s been nearly a decade since the last Star Trek movie was released and much longer since the television series aired, the franchise continues to hold a cult following.
If you consider yourself a passionate fan and proved it by being a member of the Starfleet Academy for at least the last year, you can apply for one of their scholarships.
Starfleet Academy Scholarships are named after one of the show’s characters. Many of the scholarships are even sponsored by the actors that played each character!
The Frederick and Mary F. Beckley Left Handed Scholarship:
If you’ve got your eye on Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, are in good academic standing, and are involved in a variety of activities, you may be eligible for this scholarship.
Of course, you will need to meet one other very important requirement.
If you’re a part of the just 10 percent of Americans who are left-handed, you’re in luck. Because being left hand dominant is a must to earn this scholarship.
Branson Shows Inspired Scholarship:
If you’ve ever been to Branson, Missouri, you know that this small city nestled in the Ozark Mountains is known for its quirky, touristy musical shows.
Dixie Stampede, The Presley’s, and other shows are apparently more than just a way to pass the time. And the city is determined to make sure that younger generations appreciate the power of their shows.
That’s why the city of Branson offers its “Shows Inspired” scholarship. All you’ll need to do is write an essay about how any show on the Branson stripped inspired you to realize your dreams.
John Gatling Scholarship:
If your last name is Gatlin or Gatling, NC State University is prepared to offer you up to $60,000.
No gimmicks or strings here.
If you are attending as an in-state student, you’ll get $10,000 a year for up to 4 years of enrollment. Out-of-state students receive $15,000 a year for up to 4 years.
Shout It Out Scholarship:
Most scholarships require lengthy applications, essays, attachments, recommendations, and more. This makes them incredibly time consuming, which can make applying to several at a time difficult.
But while simple scholarships are attractive to apply to, other students are thinking the same thing, which means much more competition.
Finding the right scholarships to apply to and making sure your application is perfect are important. Get more info on how to do so here.
Wholesale Halloween Costume Scholarship:
If memes are your thing, you’ll be thrilled to know that they could just be your ticket to earning $500 to put towards your higher education.
All you have to do to apply is to create a meme for Wholesale Halloween Costume. If your meme is chosen, you’ll win the cash! It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Of course, you can likely assume that plenty of other students thinking the same thing!
If these weird scholarships aren’t specific enough for you, if your last Zolp, we’ve got one more you might be interested in.
Not only do you have to bear this odd last name, but you’ll also need to be Catholic and be planning to attend Loyola University in Chicago.
On the bright side, as with the John Gatling Scholarship or the Carnegie Mellon Bagpipe Scholarship, you likely won’t have much competition. Unless you have a twin planning to attend Loyola as well.
Applying for Weird Scholarships:
Earning just one of these weird scholarships could help you buy your first semester’s textbooks, offset the cost of a meal plan, or just reduce the cost of your first semester’s tuition.
Applying to as many as you can is a great way to increase your chances of earning some money to start your college career off right.
Even if you apply for all of the weirdest college scholarships you can find, it won’t do you any good if your top choice of schools doesn’t accept you.
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