The Twelve Coolest College Scholarships

Jan 28, 2009

Do you feel sick to your stomach when you think about college tuition costs? Not to worry - higher education might not be as inaccessible as you think. Dozens of scholarships are available out there for uniquely qualified students. Read on for a list of 12 of the most interesting college scholarships around.

View popular schools

The J.D. Salinger Award

This scholarship is offered to creative writers by Ursinus College outside Philadelphia. Best known as the author of the classic teen-angst novel Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger attended Ursinus for only one semester in the fall of 1938 before dropping out. Still, the school is proud of its link to the author, and each year it awards a $30,000 scholarship to a student displaying unusual talent in writing. The best part? Winners get to live in Salinger's dorm room.

Asparagus Club Scholarship

While this may sound like a scholarship for lovers of asparagus, it's actually available to students who want to pursue careers in the grocery industry. The scholarship is sponsored in part by the National Grocers Association and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Students need to be pursuing degrees in business, food management or a related area and must be in their junior or senior year of college or in graduate school. The award is $1,500 per semester for four semesters as long as you maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.

The Michigan Llama Association/Llamafest Annual Scholarship

Yes, you read that right. If your parents are members of the Michigan Llama Association, a group that sounds like a Monty Python joke but actually exists, you're eligible to apply for a scholarship that can be applied towards your education at Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. You'll need to be interested in working with llamas to apply for this scholarship.

The National Gay Pilot's Association Scholarship

Do you have a private pilot certificate? Are you active in the LBGT community? This scholarship may be for you. If you qualify, you can earn a one-year scholarship of $3,000 to be applied to an aviation training program at a college or flight school. The association also awards the David M. Charlebois scholarship to exceptional students.

Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation

Do you know a little about a lot of different topics? Do you like quizzes? If so, you might want to check out this foundation, which offers scholarships to the winner of competitions that test competitors' knowledge of academics, movies, websites and 'common knowledge'. Awards vary from $250 to $2,500 and are available to high school, college and graduate students.

The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

If you can call ducks and you're short on cash for college, a change of holiday travel plans might be in order. Each Thanksgiving, the town of Stuttgart, Arkansas, invites talented high school seniors to join the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial competition, where one-time scholarship prizes of $2,000, $1,000, $750 and $500 are awarded to the best callers. Fortunately, the award can be used for any field of study - after all, there aren't any majors in duck calling.

The National Beef Ambassador Scholarships

Ah, beef...does it really need advertising? Apparently so, because the American National CattleWomen, an advocacy group, awards annual scholarships to well-qualified young people who show promise as future spokespeople for the beef business. Winners will make appearances throughout the U.S. for the one year that they serve as National Beef Ambassadors. Among other requirements, applicants are required to make a short presentation about cattle and must be involved in some way with the industry.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

On the opposite side of the coin, let's say you're not involved with beef at all, don't eat beef, and in fact want others to understand that eating beef is bad. Well, you're in luck, because there's a scholarship just for you. The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship is for meat-eschewing high school seniors who have worked to develop awareness of vegetarianism in their communities. The group awards $5,000 one-time gifts to two lucky, vegetable-munching students each year.

The Zolp Scholarship

Even though it reads like a sound effect in the old Batman television series ('Bam! Smark! Zolp! Watch out, Robin!'), this is actually a scholarship for a well-regarded Chicago school, Loyola University. Students who have the last name Zolp on their birth and confirmation certificates are eligible for a scholarship upon acceptance to the university. The amount of your scholarship depends on available funds. Students must also be practicing Catholics. Hey, everything's got a price.

The National Make it with Wool Contest

Some of these scholarships are pretty self-explanatory, aren't they? People who've knitted garments from at least 60% wool can submit photographs of their creations and join the running for scholarship awards that range from $2,000 for junior and senior-grade winners to $1,000 for best mohair piece. Sponsors include the Mohair Council of America and the American Sheep Industry Women.

Tall Club International Scholarships

Do you find yourself scrunched into schoolroom desks that seem far too small for someone of your stature? If so, the Kae Sumner Einfeldt Scholarship might be sized just right for you. Women 5'10' and over and men at least 6'2' who are younger than 21 can apply through a local branch of the Tall Clubs International. Applicants must be starting their first year in college and need to contact a local chapter for application details. The one-time awards are for up to $1,000.

The Kor Memorial Scholarship

Kaplah! If you're a language buff looking for a little extra research funding, the Klingon Language Institute offers a yearly, one-time scholarship of $500 to students pursuing degrees in a language-related field. Fortunately, you don't actually have to know Klingon, because, well, Klingon isn't actually a real language. Unsurprisingly, however, a high level of 'creativity' is looked upon with favor.

Next: View Schools

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma or GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

    • BA: Criminal Justice
    • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
    • BA: Liberal Studies
    • BA: Psychology
    • BA: Psychology - General
    • BS: Computer Science
    • AA: Criminal Justice
    • AA: Liberal Arts
    • AA: Business Administration
    • AA: Information Technology
    • AA: Cybersecurity

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Master of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice Path, Executive Leader Specialization
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • Master of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice Path
    • Master of Science in Legal Studies
    • MS in Psychology
    • MBA
    • Master of Public Health
    • MBA - Human Resources
    • MBA - Health Care Management
    • BS in Liberal Studies
    • BS in Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Investment Career Focus Area
    • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
    • BS in Nutrition Science
    • BSFIN in Accelerated MS Finance
    • AAS in Business Administration - Business
    • AAS in Legal Support and Services
    • AAS in Business Administration
    • AAS in Business Administration - Food & Hotel Management
    • AAS in Business Admin-Office Management
    • AAS in Criminal Justice
    • Medical Office Administration Certificate
    • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
    • Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate
    • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
    • Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate
    • Executive Leader Graduate Certificate

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • MA in Communication
    • Master of Liberal Arts
    • MA in Science Writing
    • MS in Applied Economics
    • MS in Geographic Information Systems
    • MS in Bioinformatics

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy
    • MBA in Health Care Management
    • MBA in Finance/Accounting
    • MBA in General
    • MS in Healthcare Administration
    • MA in Financial Crime and Compliance Management
    • MS in Data Science: Social Science Analytics
    • BS in Cybersecurity - Network Forensics and Intrusion Investigation
    • RN to BSN
    • BS in Cybersecurity - Cybercrime and Fraud Investigation
    • BS in Cybersecurity - Information Assurance
    • Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation
    • BS in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation - Financial Investigation

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
    • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
    • MSHS in Translational Microbiology
    • MA in Education and Human Development in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services
    • MA in Education and Human Development in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
    • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
    • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences
    • BSHS in Biomedical Informatics

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Doctor of Business Administration - Management
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Special Education
    • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Cognition and Instruction
    • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
    • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
    • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
    • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
    • MS in Psychology: General Psychology
    • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
    • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
    • BS in Psychology
    • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
    • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
    • BS in Early Childhood
    • BS in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)

    What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
    • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
    • Master of Arts in Economics
    • Master of Public Administration and Policy
    • Master of Science in Agile Project Management
    • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Science in Finance
    • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
    • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
    • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership
    • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Ecclesial Leadership
    • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Entrepreneurial Leadership
    • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Individualized
    • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Global Consulting
    • Master of Arts in Communication
    • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
    • Master of Arts in Communication - Strategic Communication
    • Master of Arts in Government - Political Communication
    • Master of Arts in Journalism
    • Master of Arts in Law - Business
    • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
    • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture
    • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
    • Bachelor of Arts in English - Communication
    • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Criminal Justice
    • Bachelor of Science in Business

    What is your highest level of education completed?

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?