The Top Unusual Scholarships

It’s that time of year where parents and students alike are searching for the millions of dollars of potential scholarships, grants, and financial aid that can be found to hedge against the cost of the gravity defying college education tuition and fees. The Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline is June 30, but there are many other ways to uncover additional monies to help supplement the cost of college. Here are some unusual scholarships that you may want to learn more about over the next few months.

$5,000 "Thumb Wars" Scholarship

Safe Driving ScholarshipsDid you know when you text while driving at 55 mph, your eyes go off the road for the length of an entire football field. Tell your friends about the dangers of texting and driving to enter to win a $5,000 Safe Driving Awareness scholarship sponsored by Toyota, Sprint and After entering, you will receive two free pairs of anti-texting and driving "thumb socks" in the mail—a physical reminder to stop texting and driving. Once you get your socks, take a pic of you and your friends wearing them. Send them to to double your chance of winning the $5,000 scholarship. Entries close August 2. (

I’ve Got The Best Apple Pie

Culinary Institute of America Apple Pie Scholarship ContestThe Culinary Institute of America is offers a $25,000 scholarship to the winner of its All-American Apple Pie Recipe Contest. Applications must include an original apple pie recipe, a photograph of the finished pie, a 500-word essay about apples, a high-school and/or college transcript, and an application for The CIA’s bachelor’s degree program with supporting documentation. That may be more grueling than an episode of Chopped! (

I Want A Duct Tape Dress At The Prom

Duct Tape Duck Brand Prom Dress ScholarshipDuck® brand duct tape offers a $5,000 scholarship for the lucky couple who can use their brains to make the most unique prom outfit using Duck® brand duct tape. You should be prepared to be ‘stuck’ with your date that night for better or worse, but it’s worth the effort if you beat the other 4,000 plus contestants to win some scholarship money! (

Star Trek Convention

Star Trek ScholarshipI probably would make fun of most people who make their way to a Star Trek convention. Tell me you really want a picture with Shatner, but it will take more than that to convince me you don’t need the Vulcan death grip. If you really want to study language, The Klingon Language Institute awards a $500 scholarship every year. (

Make Better Cotton Candy

Make Better Cotton Candy ACCT ScholarshipWell, you can really make any type of candy. The American Association of Candy Technologists (who knew?) award up to a $5,000 scholarship for a sophomore, junior, or senior who has demonstrated an interest in confectionery technology. I think we need some more original candy makers, so this is a great one! (

The Hangover

The Hangover Tylenol ScholarshipSome of us have used Tylenol to care for ourselves after we have a nasty hangover. Now, there is no scholarship for drinking too much and not being able to do anything the next morning. For the 23rd annual year, the makers of TYLENOL® are awarding $250,000 in scholarships to college students pursuing healthcare related degrees. Eligible students must have completed at least one year of undergraduate or graduate course study by the Spring of 2013 at an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational-technical school. The TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship is awarded based on leadership qualities, academic excellence and community involvement.

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Suess ScholarshipWell, it isn’t this book, although I love this one by Dr. Seuss. However, the story, Oh, The Places You’ll Go is offering a $10,000 scholarship for the person who can inspire Dr. Seuss with an original two-dimensional art piece reflecting the meaning of Oh, The Places You’ll Go. What a chance to make a real impression on the 20th anniversary of this book and win $10,000 in scholarship money. (

As college costs continue to rise, it’s time to look into every nook and cranny to see how you can get more money for your college education. There are many different types of interesting scholarships offered by companies, organizations, and institutions alike. Take some time and search the internet so you can see if you can earn a few of these unique scholarships.

This article was reposted with permission from Your Smart Money Moves.

About the Author: Ted Jenkin

Ted Jenkin is a founder and co-CEO of oXYGen Financial, Inc. After a distinguished tenure with American Express, Ted sought to focus his expertise on continuing education and the financial needs of students and recent grads. One of the foremost knowledgeable professionals in his field, Ted specializes in offering excellent financial advice and planning to Gen X and Y clients. For more information and a free consultation, visit oXYGen Financial.

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