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Wacky and Weird Scholarships

Have you always marched to the beat of your own drum? Do you have tastes and interests that are a bit less than mainstream? If so, there are organizations out there that are prepared to reward your uniqueness with college scholarships. If you are looking for a way to pay for your college degree, check out these fun but weird scholarships:

Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship

Do you have an interest in the supernatural? Would you like a career chasing ghosts and other entities or teaching others about the paranormal? If so, you may be perfect for the Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship. This is one of the weird scholarships that may be considered truly out there by many. The Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship offers $3,000 to help students attend an accredited institution while pursuing the study of parapsychology. To be eligible, students must demonstrate an interest in parapsychology by submitting samples of writing projects in the field along with the application form. In addition, the application must be accompanied by three letters of reference from people familiar with the applicant’s parapsychology work or studies. All materials must be submitted by the July 15th deadline. Application materials must be submitted through postal mail, fax, or email. For full details and an application, visit the scholarship site at

Michigan Llama Association Scholarship

Are you interested in llamas? Are you or your parents members of the Michigan Llama Association? If so , your wooly friends may be your ticket to buying your textbooks. The Michigan Llama Association offers one $500 award each year to one member or child of a member. Funds for the scholarship are raised through the Llamafest silent auction. Students who receive this scholarship can renew the award for up to three years. For more information and to get an application, visit the Michigan Llama Association website.

American Nudist Research Library Scholarship

How attached are you to the idea of wearing clothing? If you are comfortable wearing only your birthday suit, there is a scholarship with your name on it. Of all the weird scholarships, this one may be the one that pushes the envelope furthest. The American Nudist Research Library Scholarship offers $1,000 to students who are interested in paying for their education while conducting research. The catch is that you have to live in a nudist colony. For more information, including contact information, see their official website.

National Marbles Tournament Scholarship

This scholarship is not for those who have lost their marbles. The National Marbles Tournament Scholarship requires shooters to compete in a four-day marble tournament in New Jersey. Many winners are awarded scholarships that range from $1,000 to $2,000. This is likely the most fun scholarship ever created. Even if you lose, you are sure to have a great time. If you are ready to use your marble shooting skills to earn college money, visit their official website for additional application details.

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

Are you a duck call virtuoso? Polish up your quacker for this fun competition that can earn you up to $2,000 in scholarship money for your college degree. The competition takes place around Thanksgiving each year and awards four prizes to the best callers. Full details and information is available at the Stuttgart website.

If you have ever wondered if you are a bit different, now is the time to embrace your quirkiness and use it to pay for your education. These scholarships are just a small sampling of the weird scholarships that are available to college students. If you don’t see the one that is right for you, rest assured that it is out there.

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