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As Yeezy season comes to a close and college admissions season takes it place, many students, both high school and college kids, overlook the opportunities to apply for scholarships amidst the buzz of application deadlines, transitioning from summer break, and new found hobbies and schedules. Starting your search for scholarship funds and contests now greatly increases your chances for success in the selection process, and it does not have to be all bad.

Your views towards scholarships might include:

  • But Tom, I do not want to be a collegiate athlete! (Me neither)
  • I did not apply myself freshman year; my academic record is not competitive.
  • I just applied to college! Can I have a minute?
  • I have no desire to write another essay – especially about some old, dead guy!
  • Wait! What’s an “odd” scholarship!?

Relax! The Prospect has the answer for you: odd scholarships, ranging from playing marbles to being tall (or short). Many of these scholarships and their respective applications require little more than filling out the application and possibly writing a short essay on a laughable topic. The payoff of a single odd scholarship may not always compare to the more standard write-an-essay-and-slave-for-months type scholarship, but applying to more than a few can increase the probability of receiving an award and can add up in the long run very quickly. They also take considerably less time to apply for and some can even be considered enjoyable.

Some examples include:

1. Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships

Application Deadline: March 01, Annually

Are you under 21 years of age and about to start college in the fall? If so, you may be in luck! TCI annually awards student scholarship(s) of up to $1,000 each to tall students who are under 21 years of age and attending their first year of college in the following fall.

2. American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: April 03, Annually

This online scholarship is unlike many traditional scholarship essay contests. That’s because instead of writing an essay, applicants will read one. That’s right! To apply, students must go online and read a short essay about sprinklers and fire safety. After finishing, they complete a 10-question quiz on what they just read.

3. Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

Application Deadline: June 10, Annually

The Henkal Corporation’s Duck Brand Duct Tape “Stuck at Prom” Contest rewards individuals for creating prom attire made completely out of duct tape.

You can find even more scholarship information via

Regardless of what your resume boasts, or does not boast, there is always an opportunity to earn a scholarship. Getting an early start (before December) and considering all of the possibilities (including the more unusual ones mentioned and not mentioned) can have an amazing payoff come time to pay your tuition. So when you are debating whether to apply to the big “relevant” scholarship along with all your peers, remember the possibilities that are available to you. Odd scholarships can be inferred as less competitive, due to the sole reason that fewer people know about them and even fewer apply to them. Whether you are about to start college, in college, or even a graduate student: there is something that you qualify to apply for.

Scholarship search engines like those seen on,, and College Board Fund Finder are great places to start looking for an odd scholarships. Just use one of your less appreciated talents or unique interests as a search word. If all else fails, try random nouns like “potato” or “soy bean”.

Go ahead, work on that Duck call!

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