The Ten Most Random Scholarships
Getting a college education just got easier with these random scholarships. College is getting more and more expensive, but you do not have to feel the pressure of tuition hikes and high book fees if you apply for some of these random scholarships. If you have a random skill or quirk, then these scholarships are for you. Here are some of the most random scholarships. See if you qualify for any, and then get applying! The time is now.
Here are ten of the most random scholarships:
1. The OP Loftbed Scholarship
If you like loft beds (and you better get used to them if you are going away to college) and can answer random questions about what your favorite fast food is, then this scholarship is for you. This company gives a $500 award to winners of their contest. The great news is you can use the funds for anything – tuition, books or room and board. Since their scholarship does not specify, you decide how to use the money.
2. The Red Vines Drawing Contest
If you like licorice and you like to draw, this scholarship is for you. Random scholarships can be obscure and hard to find, but you still may need a skill in order to win. Submit an original drawing of the Red Vines logo, and the American Licorice Company will award you $2,500 and a prize pack of Red Vines goodies if you win. Your drawing may also be featured on new Red Vines packaging. This is a great way for budding artists to get money and get exposure.
3. School Band and Orchestra Magazine Music Student Scholarship
This is one of those scholarships with a really long name, but musicians are rarely known for their brevity. If you are musically inclined, you can write a short, 250 word essay about how a music teacher shaped your life and education, and win one of five $1000 scholarships. This differs from other music scholarships because you do not have to audition to win. Therefore, your love of music, more so than your skill, plays a part here.
4. The Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contest
If you are known as an English nerd, then you can put that reputation to good use. Choose to write an essay on one of Ayn Rand’s books and you can win one of 521 cash prizes, with the largest one totaling $10,000. You can choose from “The Fountainhead,” “Atlas Shrugged,” and “We the Living.”
5. The American Fire Sprinkler Association
If you are not at all interested in writing essays, then take advantage of this scholarship aimed at those who take multiple-choice tests. If you correctly answer questions on these multiple-choice tests then you get entered in the drawing for $2,000 in scholarships. The questions are totally random so everyone has a fair shot.
6. Common Knowledge Quizzes
If you are good at tests and people have told you that you should be on Jeopardy, then put all of that common knowledge to good use and sign up to receive common knowledge quizzes each month. Answering the questions correctly can get you a mini-scholarship each month.
7. The GoodFit T-shirt Photo Contest
This contest run by Augustana College awards scholarships to seniors in high school who submit a photo of themselves wearing an “Augie” tee. Look up augustana.edu/goodfit for contest categories and to find out how to submit your photos.
8. Mycological Society of America Scholarships
If you are a fungi or a fun girl, then you may be interested in these random scholarships. If you have an interest in mushrooms, fungi or mold, then you may qualify for scholarships in over 15 categories. They pick winners at their annual meeting. Go to msafungi.org for more information.
9. The Dr. Seuss Scholarship
One of the most inspirational stories by the late Dr. Seuss is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” It is often given to high school and college graduates as a reminder to dream big. If you find inspiration from this story, and you can create some sort of art piece around it, then you should apply for this hefty $10,000 award.
10. The Klingon Language Institute Award
Not a Trekkie? Not a problem. This award gives bonus points if you do in fact speak Klingon, but really the award is geared toward anyone studying a language. If that is you, go to kli.org for more information.