5 Unusual Scholarships You Need to Try

by Kimberley McGee
Photo by maitree rimthong

You’ve heard of most of the popular and typical scholarships. But have you heard of the duct tape, duck calling and doodling or other unusal scholarships available every year?! Unusual scholarships are abundant all year long. Each month I’ll update this list with quick and easy scholarships for kids 13 and up to apply for. 

There are hundreds if not thousands of ways to pay for trade school or college, no matter if it’s community, state or an Ivy League institution. Now that you’ve navigated your way through some unusual times for high school, take time to apply for some of the more unusual scholarships online. 

Here’s a quick list of easy and slightly unusual scholarships that teens, parents and grad students can apply for to supplement their higher education efforts.

New scholarships will be in the Thursday newsletter and posted here on Mondays.

Mom tip – Once you sign up be prepared to be inundated with emails. Set up a separate email account for your scholarships, or for each scholarship if they are truly spammy. Check it at least once a week. This will save you from a cluttered inbox. You can see when you need to take action on your account(s) or if you won a scholarship. It also helps to narrow down the ways you want to interact with the site(s) to earn points.

Stuck at Prom Scholarship

Kids 14 years and older can enter for a chance at a $10,000 scholarship! Duck brand duct tape is asking kids 14 and older to design prom wear completely out of their products. It must be created and worn, either a dress, suit and accessories. Snap a phot and send to Duck with the application. Categories include workmanship, use of color, duct tape and originality.

Scholarship Points

Kids 13 years and older can earn points, enter drawings and win scholarships. Fill out the student profile form, which automatically enters you into the $10,000 scholarship giveaway. Sign up by June 15 for the latest round of giveaways and scholarship opportunities.

Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship

Complete a 500-word essay to one of two prompts and fill out the application to enter this $1,000 scholarship. Judges are looking for creativity, commitment to the cause of bullying and overall content. Deadline is June 30.

ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship

Teens 14 years and older can enter to win a $5,000 scholarship. Write a 600- to 800-word essay on why parents should be able to make privacy decisions for their children, or not. The goal of ExpressVPN Future of Privacy is to raise awareness of internet privacy and security. Deadline is August 31.

Leaders Save Lives

Not only is it a way to earn some funds for schooling, it can boost your college application and help the community! This scholarship program is for high school kids. Coordinate a summer blood drive, form a recruitment committee and bring in 25 pints while working with the American Red Cross for a chance to win $2,500. Every entry who brings in 25 or more pints of donated blood with their drive will be awarded a minimum of $50 Amazon gift card. Deadline is August 31. 

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