These 8 college scholarships are strange. . . but real

By Julie Provost

Sending a kid to college is expensive and finding scholarships is a plus. Did you know there are some rather odd scholarships out there? They might make you laugh, but the money they are giving out is real.

1. Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

Get ready for the zombie apocalypse with this one. Students can earn $2,000 towards their college education. They must be at least 13 and enrolled no later than 2023 in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. To enter, students will need to answer a question about what they would do if their high school or college is overrun with zombies. The application due date is October 31 this year.

2. Wholesale Halloween Costumes

This company awards $500 to part-time and full-time college students through a pumpkin carving contest. The entries are judged on overall quality, originality, and creativity. Students must submit in-progress photos as well as the finished product. Sending in a time-lapse video about the progress is optional but is a good idea. Students must be enrolled at an accredited two- or four-year college or vocational school in the United States. The contest starts in the fall, so make sure to check their websites for this year’s dates.

3. Stuck at Prom Scholarship

This scholarship is giving away $50,000 to students who can make the best promwear using Duck Tape or Duck Crafting Tape. Students will need to create their outfit, wear it, and take photos to enter to win. The more unique, the better. Students can earn between $1,000 and $10,000. Entries are accepted until May 31 this year.

4. Starfleet Academy Scholarship

What is Starfleet? It is a Star Trek fan club that is divided into hundreds of local chapters, each named after different starships and space stations. Membership is $10 to join,and members are eligible for this scholarship. To enter you must be a student attending a two- or four-year college, technological school, graduate school, or any accredited institution or organization offering a certificate or certified program. Up to $1,000 will be given based on applicants and availability of funds.

5. Tall Clubs International

Tall Clubs International has a special scholarship for its members. To join you need to be 6’2″ if you are male and 5’10” if you are female. You have to enter through your local chapter and will need to be sponsored by them. Applicants must be entering their first year of college in the fall of the year you apply. Awards are up to $1,000 each. Applications were due in March so make sure to check back for next year’s dates.

6. American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship

This scholarship is with the American Fire Sprinkler Association. You must be a high school senior planning to attend to college or a trade school. There are 10 $2,000 awards given. You will need to read an essay about fire sprinklers, take a test, and then you will be entered in the contest.

7. The Asparagus Club Scholarship Program

This award program gives out ten scholarships per year for $2,000 a semester, not to exceed four consecutive semesters. You must be a full-time student and earn a GPA of 2.5 or higher. You would need to be a junior, senior or a grad student earning a degree in a business, food management, or other relevant courses of study leading to a career in an independent retail grocery industry.

8. Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing

This scholarship is for those who are serious aspiring mystery writers. The scholarship is meant to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or college-level writing classes. There will be two scholarships for $500 each. You will need to write an essay and send in a sample of your mystery writing.

Julie Provost is an associate editor at Military One Click and a National Guard spouse. She can be reached at