Essay Contests College Students 2011

  • CONTEST DESCRIPTION

    The “Sponsor” is The New York Times Company, 620 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018.

    The New York Times Modern Love College Essay Contest (“the Contest”) is a skillbased competition in which participants will compete to be selected as author of the top essay, as selected by Sponsor. The author of the winning entry will be awarded $1,000.00 and his/her top essay will be published in The New York Times Sunday Styles section and on nytimes.com.

    Participants will be invited to submit essays, which will be voted on and rated by Sponsor. The Contest begins at 10:00 AM Eastern on Friday, February 6, 2015 and ends at 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday, March 15, 2015. The Contest will be conducted in two phases. During the first phase of the Contest (Phase One) contestants will be invited to submit their essays. The deadline for essay submissions is 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday, March 15, 2015. During the second phase of the Contest (Phase Two) the submissions will be voted on and rated by the Judge. The voting will begin at 10:00 AM Eastern on Monday, March 16, 2015 and end at 11:59 PM Eastern on Monday, April 13, 2015. Daniel Jones, Editor, Modern Love, will serve as judge (“Judge”). Judge will select the Winner (as defined below) based on talent, writing ability, style, creativity and originality of entry. Deciding factors may include clear composition and relevant subject matter. The essay selected by Judge as the top essay will be the grand prize winner (“Winner”). Whether any essay is eligible at any stage shall be at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion at all times, including, without limitation, whether any such essay meets Sponsor’s standards of overall quality, as such quality standards are determined by Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion. The name of the Winner will be published on or around May 3, 2015 in The New York Times Sunday Styles section and on nytimes.com. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

    As a condition of Contest entry, each Contest Entrant (as defined below) acknowledges and agrees that: (a) Sponsor has access to and/or may create or have created literary, visual and/or other materials, ideas and concepts which may be similar or identical to the Contest Entry Materials in theme and/or other respects; (b) the Contest Entrant will not be entitled to any compensation or other consideration because of the use by Sponsor of any such similar or identical material, ideas and/or concepts; and (c) Sponsor’s use of material containing elements similar to or identical with those contained in the Contest Entry Materials or any essay shall not obligate Sponsor to negotiate with nor entitle Contest Entrant to any compensation or other claim.

    Potential Winner will be tallied by or about Monday, April 13, 2015. Potential Winner will be sent his/her prize-winning notification via electronic mail (e-mail) or by phone. A potential Winner has seven (7) days from receipt of notification to claim his/her prize by responding via electronic mail (e-mail) or an alternate Winner will be selected. Noncompliance with these official rules or, if a selected potential Winner cannot be contacted, provides incorrect e-mail or mailing address, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize or if the prize notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, an alternate Winner will be selected. Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for Sponsor to use Winner's essay, name and likeness for advertising and promotional purposes without compensation, unless otherwise prohibited by law.

  • ELIGIBILITY

    This Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States ([including] D.C.) who are current undergraduate students at least 18 years of age and older, residing in the United States and enrolled in an American college or university. Employees and agents of Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, any other prize sponsor, and any entity involved in the development, production, implementation, administration or fulfillment of the Contest and their immediate family members and/or close personal friends and/or those living in the same household of such persons, whether related or not, are not eligible to enter the Contest.

    Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor (including Sponsor’s parent company, The New York Times Company (“NYTCO”)), their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, distributors, advertising, promotion, fulfillment and marketing agencies, their immediate families, (defined as spouse, child, sibling, parent, or grandparent) and those living in their same households are NOT eligible to participate in the Promotion. Each Winner will be required to execute a declaration of eligibility and liability release attesting that the Winner has complied with all the rules and that the Winner releases Sponsor(s) and all prize-supplier companies from all liability for damages or personal injury in connection with the Winner's use of the prize, and a publicity release consenting that the Sponsor and anyone they may authorize may, without compensation, use Winner's name, essay, photograph or other likeness, biographical information and statements concerning the Contest or the Sponsor for purposes of advertising and promotion.

  • HOW TO SUBMIT A CONTEST ENTRY

    Any individual wishing to compete in the Contest must submit an essay of no more than 1700 words illustrating the current state of love and relationships, to essaycontest@nytimes.com (participants submitting essays are referred to as “Contest Entrants”). Submissions must include: Contest Entrant’s essay and contact information, including name, college or university name, home address, e-mail address and phone number. Each Contest Entrant may submit one essay during the Contest (an “Essay”). Essays must be received no later than 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Any elements appearing in submitted Essays must be entirely original, created by Contest Entrant, and must not have been altered in any way from the original. Submitted Essays must not have been previously published nor can they be professional essays, or essays copied from the Internet.

    Use of any elements or other materials that are not original, or in the public domain may result in disqualification of Essay in Sponsor’s sole discretion. By entering, Contest Entrants accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. Limit one (1) entry per Contest Entrant and per email address. Any individual who attempts to enter, or in the sole discretion of Sponsor is suspected of entering more than once, by any means, including but not limited to submitting multiple Essays, will be disqualified from the Contest. In addition Sponsor reserves the right to reject any submission without explanation.

  • CONDITIONS OF CONTEST ENTRY

    As conditions of entry into the Contest, each Contest Entrant:

    • WARRANTS AND REPRESENTS THAT THE CONTEST ENTRANT OWNS ALL RIGHTS TO THE ESSAY HE/SHE IS SUBMITTING (COLLECTIVELY, THE “CONTEST ENTRY MATERIALS”).
  • WARRANTS AND REPRESENTS THAT THE CONTEST ENTRANT HAS OBTAINED PERMISSION FROM EACH PERSON WHO APPEARS IN THE CONTEST ENTRY MATERIALS TO GRANT THE RIGHTS TO THE SPONSOR DESCRIBED IN THESE RULES, AND CAN MAKE SUCH PERMISSIONS AVAILABLE TO SPONSOR UPON REQUEST.
  • WARRANTS AND REPRESENTS THAT HIS/HER CONTEST ENTRY MATERIALS ARE ORIGINAL AND HAVE BEEN LEGALLY OBTAINED AND CREATED, AND DO NOT INFRINGE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR MORAL RIGHTS OF ANY THIRD PARTY.
  • Irrevocably grants to Sponsor and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees, the worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub licensable, unconditional, perpetual and transferable right and license to copyright (only as applicable), reproduce, encode, store, modify, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, edit for length and content, publicly perform, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), the Contest Entrant’s name, address, image, likeness, statements, biographical material and Contest Entry Materials, including, but not limited to, the Essays contained in any of the above items, as well as any additional photographic images and other materials relating to the Contest Entrant and arising out of his/her participation in this Contest (with or without using the Contest Entrant’s name) (collectively, the “Additional Materials”) (in each case, as submitted or as edited/modified in any way, whether by the Sponsor, its Licensees, or assigns, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion) in any media throughout the world for any purpose, without limitation, and without additional review, compensation, or approval from the Contest Entrant or any other party.
  • Irrevocably grants to Sponsor and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees, the worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub licensable, unconditional, perpetual and transferable right and license to use the Contest Entry Materials for advertising, promotional or commercial purposes, including without limitation, the right to publicly display, reproduce and distribute the Contest Entry Materials in any media format or medium and through any media channels. Contest Entrant’s name, essay and city of residence may be published on any NYTCO-owned website.
  • Forever waives any rights of privacy, intellectual property rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude Sponsor’s use of the Contest Entrant’s Contest Entry Materials or Additional Materials, or require the Contest Entrant’s permission for Sponsor to use them for promotional purposes, and agrees to never sue or assert any claim against the Sponsor’s use of those Materials.
  • Acknowledges and agrees that: (a) Sponsor has access to and/or may create or have created literary, visual and/or materials, ideas and concepts which may be similar or identical to the Contest Entry Materials in theme and/or other respects; (b) the Contest Entrant will not be entitled to any compensation or other consideration because of the use by Sponsor of any such similar or identical material, ideas and/or concepts; and (c) Sponsor’s use of material containing elements similar to or identical with those contained in the Contest Entry Materials or any Essay shall not obligate Sponsor to negotiate with nor entitle Entrant to any compensation or other claim.
  • Agrees to indemnify and hold the Sponsor and its affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the “Promotion Indemnitees”), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Promotion Indemnitees arising out of or in connection with: (a) any Contest Entry Materials or Additional Materials (including, but not limited to, any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on the submission of such other material); (b) any breach by Contest Entrant of any warranty, agreement or representation contained in the Official Rules or terms of service or in any documentation submitted by Contest Entrant; (c) the Contest Entrant’s conduct during and in connection with this Contest, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation; or (d) the acceptance of any prize. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.
  • SPONSOR’S RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY

    At any time during the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and unfettered discretion, to disqualify and remove any Essay that it believes does not meet the spirit or requirements of the Official Rules. The decisions of the Sponsor on this and all matter relating to the Contest are final and binding.

  • WINNER SELECTION PROCESS

    Entries will be rated from March 16, 2015 to April 13, 2015. Daniel Jones, Editor, Modern Love, will serve as judge (“Judge”). Judge will select the Winner based on talent, writing ability, style, creativity and originality of entry. Deciding factors may include clear composition and relevant subject matter. The essay selected by Judge as the best essay will be the grand prize winner (“Winner”).

  • PRIZES

    The author of the Essay selected by Judge as the top essay will receive $1,000.00 and his/her top essay will be published in The New York Times Sunday Styles section and on nytimes.com. Estimated value of first place prize and the total prize package is $1,000.00.

    Four runners-up will also be selected. Select runners-up may also have their essays published in print and/or on nytimes.com.

    If Winner is unable to fulfill prize during time period specified, Winner forfeits the prize package. Winner must be 18 years of age or older. Prizes are non-transferable and shall be deemed to have no cash value. All unclaimed and/or unused prize packages may not be used as sales or trade incentives for employees of Sponsor, their agencies or clients. No prize substitution is permitted, except by Sponsor, which reserves the right to substitute any prize of equal or comparable value including cash in the event of prize unavailability. Prizes are non-transferable.

    Prize consists of only the item specifically listed above. No substitution or transfer of prize is permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event that an offered prize is unavailable. All federal, state and local taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the Winner. Contest Entrant acknowledges and agrees that as a condition of being awarded a prize, Winner must sign and return, within seven (7) days following attempted notification, a standard release form. Noncompliance within this time period may result in disqualification and an alternate Winner may be selected.

    Sponsor and its officers, directors, affiliates, related entities, partners, partnerships, principals, representatives, agents, licensees, sponsors, successors and assigns: (a) make no warranty, guaranty or representation of any kind concerning any prize; (b) disclaim any implied warranty; and (c) are not liable for injury, loss, or damage of any kind resulting from the acceptance or use of any prize, travel related thereto or from participation in this Contest.

    If any activity relating to any prize is canceled or postponed for any reason, the balance of that prize will be awarded in full satisfaction of prize award.

    All taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes won are the sole responsibility of the Winner.

  • GENERAL RULES

    The Contest is governed by and subject to the laws of the United States. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law. All Winners will receive an IRS 1099 for the value of their prizes. By participating in the Contest and/or accepting any prize, Contest Entrants grant permission to Sponsor and its advertising and promotion agencies to use their name(s), likeness(es), essays and any other material submitted in connection with the Contest for purposes of advertising, publicity and promotion purposes, without further compensation to Contest Entrant, unless prohibited by law. By entering, the Contest Entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the printing of the offer, administration of the Contest or the announcement of the prizes, or for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete or illegal entries.

    Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify the Contest Entry of any individual found to be: (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or any Sponsor website; (b) violating the Official Rules; (c) violating the terms of service, conditions of use and/or general rules or guidelines of any Sponsor property or service; or (d) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. Further, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, is deemed to be offensive, libelous, slanderous, inflammatory, or otherwise inappropriate in any way for this Contest. CAUTION ANY ATTEMPT BY A CONTEST ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

  • LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY

    Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any computer, online, telephone transmission or technical malfunctions that may occur during participation in the Contest (including, without limitation, the voting phases of the Contest), or theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Contest Entry Materials. Sponsor is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, Contest Entrants, or any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, or for any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions or votes in the Contest. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation of transmission, failures or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, email, players or browsers, whether on account of technical problems, traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or on account of any combination of the foregoing (including but not limited to any such problems which may result in the inability to access the Contest website or to submit Contest Entry Materials in connection with the Contest). Sponsor is not responsible for any injury or damage to participants or to any computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in this Contest. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and select Winners from among that portion of the Contest that has not been compromised, if any. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel this Contest at any time without obligation or prior notice.

  • DISPUTES/GOVERNING LAW

    Except where prohibited, as a condition of participating in this Contest, Contest Entrants agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, any prize awarded, or the determination of Winners shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will Contest Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than Contest Entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. costs associated with entering this Contest), and Contest Entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a Winner based on email address, the winning entry will be declared made by the Authorized Account Holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. For purposes of these Official Rules, “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g. business, educational, institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

    All issues and questions regarding rights and obligations of Contest Entrants in connection with this Contest shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A., without giving effect to the conflict of laws and rules thereof and any matters or proceedings which are not subject to arbitration as set forth in these Official Rules and/or for entering any judgment on an arbitration award, shall take place in the State of New York.

    The parties waive rights to trial by jury in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules and/or this Contest. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or this Contest shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in the State of New York and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered into any court having jurisdiction thereof.

  • PRIVACY

    By entering the Contest, you agree to Sponsor’s use of your personal information, as described in the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, located at www.nytimes.com.

  • WINNER’S LIST/RULES REQUESTS

    For a copy of the Official Rules or the Winners’ names, send a separate, stamped, selfaddressed envelope to:

    The New York Times Modern Love College Essay Contest, 620 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018.

    Requests received after June 1, 2015 may not be honored.

  • Strange, Weird, & Unusual Scholarships

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    Strange Scholarships – Part One

     


    Superpower Scholarship
    Application Deadline March 31
    Award Amount $2500
    Do you love Batman? Superman? Would you like to be a superhero? Write a short essay (250 words or less) about �Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?� Open to high school students ages 13+ and college students. For Superpower Scholarship application and information see www.scholarshipexperts.com
    Intelligence Community Scholarship Program
    Application Deadline November of each year
    Award Amount $3000 stipend for full-time students, and $2000 for part-time students (multiple awards)
    Description: If you are a patriotic American interested in working in the intelligence community (e.g. become an American spy), then consider this offer among your strange scholarship searches. You must be a college junior, senior or graduate student preparing for a field related to the Intelligence Association. What majors are of interest to them? Well, make a guess because that is part of the strange part � they can�t tell you! List your special activities, internships, prior or current military services and your career goals to serve your country in the intelligence community. Financial need is not considered. For more information (or not) on the National Military Intelligence Association Scholarship Program see www.nmia.org.

    Parapsychology Scholarship
    Application Deadline October of each year
    Award Amount $1000
    If you are interested in parapsychology, this scholarship may be for you. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Any major is acceptable, but the applicant must be interested in parapsychology and write an essay on a designated topic related to parapsychology. For more requirement for these interesting but slightly strange scholarships known as the Robert R. Coly Prize in Parapsychology see www.parapsychology.org

    Quilters� Scholarship
    Application Deadline May of each year
    Award Amount $1500
    I think that quilting and other forms of fiber art don�t always get the respect they deserve. If you are a resident of Washington working on an undergraduate degree related to fiber art at a college in WA state, then check out this scholarship. Your major must be related to fiber art (no it doesn�t need to be Quilting!). Examples include sewing, weaving, clothing design, quilting, dyeing, basketry, textile history or production, and related arts. For additional requirements and information about the Kitsap Quilters� Scholarship see www.kitsapquilters.com

    NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest
    Application Deadline November of each year
    Award Amount up to $1,000 U.S> savings bond (multiple levels of prizes)
    This may be considered one of the strange scholarships, depending on your point of view. Since elementary, junior high and high school students aren�t allowed to carry guns at school, and in the wake of recent school violence, should students really be writing essays about the constitutional right to keep and bear arms? Well, the NRA says yes. The National Rifle Association sponsors this scholarship where students submit an essay on the importance of the second amendment to the constitution. For more details about the NRA Right to Keep and Bear Arms Essay Contest see www.nradefensefund.org

    Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
    Application Deadline October 31
    Award Amount $2000
    Can you outsmart the Zombies at your school and win one of these strange scholarships for college? Write a short essay (250 words or less) about what you would do to survive if your school was overrun with Zombies, the walking dead. This scholarship is open to high school students ages 13+ and college students. For the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship Application for 2014 go to www.scholarshipexperts.com

    Entrepreneur Awards
    Application Deadline ~ December of each year (sometimes extended to early January)
    Award Amount $10,000 first place, $5,000 other finalists, multiple other awards $1,000 – $2,000
    If you are looking for college scholarships and grants for entrepreneurship, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) offers some great entrepreneur scholarships. These not so strange scholarships are offered to high school seniors heading to 2 year or 4 year college or university or vocational school. Students must be nominated by a member of the NFIB. Criteria include high academic standards, questions about entrepreneurial effort, and an essay about free enterprise. For additional scholarship requirements and information on the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Scholarships see www.nfib.com

    Ice Cream Flavor of the Month Scholarship
    Application Deadline July 31
    Award Amount $1500
    Enjoy an ice cream cone while you compose you ideas for this summer scholarship. �If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?� Are you tart, sweet, nutty? This unusual scholarship is open to high school students ages 13+ and college students. For application and information about the Ice Cream Flavor of the Month Scholarship for college see www.scholarshipexperts.com

    Turf Writers Journalism Scholarship
    Application Deadline March of each year
    Award Amount $10,000 per year, may be renewed up to 3 additional years
    Do you love horse racing and journalism? Help pay for college with these unusual racing scholarships. Applicants must demonstrate the potential to make a contribution to the horse racing industry. Journalism majors should definitely consider this scholarship which pays $10,000 a year, and is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Essay required and GPA 3.0 or higher. For more information about the Horse Racing Scholarship for Journalism Majors see www.racingscholarships.com.

    Make Me Laugh Scholarship
    Application Deadline August
    Award Amount $1500
    This is summer, time to have some fun! This scholarship will make you LOL. Write a short funny story, that can be true or false. Whoever said applying for scholarships is not fun, has it wrong. LOL. Open to high school students grades 9 – 12 and college students. You will find the Make Me Laugh Scholarship Application online at www.scholarshipexperts.com . They also have other unusual scholarships on their website.

    Concrete Scholarship
    Application Deadline November of each year
    Award Amount $5000 to $1000 depending on the college the study will attend
    If you interested in concrete and can write an outstanding essay on this subject that most of us don�t think about, then this is the scholarship for you. Well actually it is limited to high school seniors in Wisconsin and upper peninsula of Michigan who plan to enroll in a concrete-related program at designated universities and colleges. Selection is based upon the essay�s content and the author�s writing ability. Funny, I thought it would be based upon their concrete laying ability. Anyway, if this unusual scholarship sounds exciting to you, then apply for the Concrete Scholarship at www.wrmca.com

    Eat Your Asparagus Scholarship
    Application Deadline June of each year
    Award Amount $3000 per year and all the asparagus you can eat (just kidding)
    While the rest of us eat our junk food, you can apply for the Asparagus Club Scholarships. These unusual scholarships are open to upper-division and graduate students majoring in a field related to the grocery industry. A letter of recommendation is required from your professor in food management or business and a statement about why you are preparing for a career in the grocery industry. For additional requirements and online Asparagus Club Scholarships application see www.braf.org

    Future Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    Application Deadline ~ April of each year
    Award Amount $12,000 for the first year and may be renewed for $4000 for each additional year
    Everyone wants to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs � the future entrepreneur who makes it big. Why not apply for college grants and scholarships to help you be successful, like this Future Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This unusual scholarship is open to high school seniors and college undergraduates who demonstrate leadership skills, academic excellence, ingenuity, and most importantly an entrepreneurial spirit. No specific field of study is required. For additional information about the Future Entrepreneur of the Year Award see www.nase.org

    Play Environments Scholarship
    Application Deadline ~ February of each year
    Award Amount $5000
    Remember that saying about all the important things in life you learned in kindergarten? Did you know that you learned most of what you need to know to qualify for these unusual scholarships about playgrounds? Yes, this scholarship is open to undergraduate landscape architecture students in their final 2 years of study, or graduate students. Applicants must understand the design of play environments and how to integrate them into parks, schools and other play and recreation environments. So let the child in you come out and apply for this unusual scholarship. For more information about the Playground Scholarship from Landscape Architecture Foundation see www.lafoundation.org

    Americanism Scholarship
    Application Deadline November of each year
    Award Amount up to $10,000 US savings bond
    Patriotic students in grades 7 � 12 can show their love of country by writing an essay on Americanism. I assume Americanism means the United States of America, good ole USA, not what you think of as The Americas. Anyway, this is a great scholarship for high school students and middle school students. The essay topic differs each year. Each entrant must be sponsored by a Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) member or Ladies Auxiliary unit member. Outstanding essays are forwarded from the local branch to the regional and national competition. There are multiple awards for these not so oddball scholarships, all in U.S. savings bonds of course. For details on the American Essay Scholarship from Fleet Reserve Association see www.fra.org

    Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge
    Application Deadline March of each year
    Award Amount $15000 for first place, $10000 for second place, and $7500 for third place.
    If you are creative shoot a 60 – 90 second video that makes teen drivers think carefully above driving safely. The grand prie winner will get a chance to reshoot their video with a Discovery Film Crew. Awesome! Entrants may be high school students in grades 9 – 12 who work alone or in small teams of 2 – 4 students. www.toyotateendriver.com

    Proper Use of Credit Essay Contest
    Application Deadline February of each year
    Award Amount $3000 for first place, $2000 for second place, and $1000 for third place
    I think this college scholarship should be offered in all states, because it is a great lesson for all college students. Do you know how to properly use credit? Well you should, but you probably don�t if you are like most Americans. If you are a high school senior in Oregon, and plan to attend a college in Oregon, then this should be on your college scholarship search list. Write the best essay on the proper use of credit and you may win a scholarship for college. For additional requirements and information on this Hasson/Newman Memorial Essay Contest see www.osac.state.or.us

    National Peace Essay Contest
    Application Deadline January of each year
    Award Amount $10,000 for national first place winner, $5,000 2nd place, $2,500 3rd place, and $1,000 scholarship for each state level winner.
    This is one of my favorite scholarships, which open to high school students in grades 9 � 12. Submit an outstanding essay on the designated topic to the National Peace Essay Contest. Winners are chosen based upon the essay�s focus, style, analysis, originality, conclusions and recommendations. Put this one your college scholarship search for important scholarship contests. For more details on the National Peace Essay Contest see www.usip.org

    Posse Scholar
    Application Deadline January of each year
    Award Amount four year, full tuition scholarship to partner colleges and universities
    Are you a student with leadership and academic potential, attending a public high school? Join a Posse. Applicants must be nominated by their high school or community organization. The nomination process is open to high school juniors and high school seniors in certain cities in the US, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York or Washington, D.C. For more details on the Posse Scholarship see http://www.possefoundation.org

    Student Design Competition
    Application Deadline ~ December of each year
    Award Amount $2,500 for first place, other prizes offered too
    If you are reading about oddball scholarships, perhaps you have some oddball or creative ideas to enter the Industrial Designers Society of America Student Design Competition. Submit your original design for houseware products, including small electrical appliances, personal care, home health care, tableware, organizational items, cleaning products, furniture, pet care and more. Selection is based upon design research, design, technical skills and presentation skills. For additional categories and information about the IHA Student Design Competition see www.housewares.org

    Entrepreneurial Scholarships for Food Service
    Application Deadline March of each year
    Award Amount $3,500 to $7,500
    Do you love to eat? Do you have some entrepreneurial ideas for a restaurant or food service? This is the best scholarship for you. If you are entering or currently enrolled in one of 10 designated universities in a restaurant or food service program, and have completed a entrepreneurial project, you may apply for this slightly oddball (but yummy) scholarship. For more information on the National Restaurant Association Al Schuman Ecolab Entrepreneurial Scholarship see www.nraef.org.

    One Person Can Make a Difference Scholarship
    Application Deadline February
    Award Amount $1000 first prize, $500 second prize and $250 third prize
    Do you believe one person can make a difference or even change the world in a good way? Create a 16 x 20 inch original poster with this theme and submit it to The Christophers� annual poster contest for high school students. See the online application and information for One Person Can Make a Difference Scholarship at www.christophers.org

    Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest
    Application Deadline open from March to January
    Award Amount $10,000 plus $1000 for your school
    Turn your artistic talent into an odd scholarship! Design a greeting card for a friend, and you’ve given a thoughtful gift. But design it for a scholarship contest, and you might win $10,000. Submit your photo, artwork or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card. Designs should be appropriate for business and consumer use, such as birthday or Christmas cards. Must be your own original work. Open to high school, college and university students, and member of the armed forces. Must be a legal resident or have a student visa to attend school in the US. Must be at least 14 years old. Winner will be notified in March. For more information on the Create a Greeting Card Art Scholarship Contest, see www.gallerycollection.com/greeting-cards-scholarship.htm.

    Courageous Persuaders Scholarship
    Application Deadline February
    Award Amount 11+ awards each year range from $500 – $3000
    Win a scholarship to college by creating a 30 second commercial that warns middle school students (grades 6 � 8) about the dangers of underage drinking. Open to high school students in grades 9 – 12. May be individual or team project. For Courageous Persuaders Scholarship application and information see www.courageouspersuaders.com

    100 Mile College for all Texans Tuition Waiver
    Application Deadline deadline not specified
    Award Amount reduced tuition rates
    Yup, everything really is bigger in the nation of Texas, in fact 100 miles bigger. If you live in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico or Oklahoma within 100 miles of the Texas border and want to attend a public college or university in Texas, you may save some tuition. For more information about 100 Miles and you are a Texan, see www.collegeforalltexans.com . On a more serious note, there are many other Tuition Assistance Programs for out-of-state residents too.
    Star Trek StarFleet Command Scholarship Award
    Application Deadline applications accepted from January 1 � June 30 each year. You must be a StarFleet member for one year by June 30 of the award year.
    Award Amount up to $500 scholarship award in 20 categories
    If you are a Star Trek fan, you can qualify for one of these unusual scholarships from another world. Medical, engineering, language, and more scholarships in honor of your favorite Star Trek character. For Star Trek scholarship requirements and information see scholarship.sfi.org.

     

    Left Handed Scholarships
    Scholarships for Left Handed People
    Application Deadline inquire at the school
    Award Amount $1000 – $1500
    Are you looking for a scholarship for being left handed? There is one offered in Pennsylvania, at Juniata College. There is a free educational grant through the Frederick and Mary F Beckley Scholarship program. These left handed scholarships are only available for students who will attend Juniata college, and they must also have good grades and recommendation. Available for sophomores, juniors and seniors only. For more information on this scholarship for being left handed, see www.juniata.edu Other Scholarships for Left Handed People – If you are looking for scholarships for left handed people who are not attending Juniata college, well – to my knowledge there aren’t any others. But lefties don’t despair. There are thousands of different scholarships that you may qualify for. Keep reading and check out our other college scholarship pages!.

    Vegetarian Scholarships
    Application Deadline February each year
    Award Amount $5000 (2 awards given)
    If you are a vegetarian, there are some great scholarships for you. The Vegetarian Resource Group offers two $5,000 college scholarships for high school seniors who will graduate in the spring and attend college in the US. Students must have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. For more information see Vegetarian Scholarships.

    John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
    Application Deadline January each year
    Award Amount First place- $10,000, Second place- $1,000, Five Finalists – $500
    Like politicians? You might be unique, but use that interest in politics to win one of these unique scholarships. Write an original essay that demonstrates your understanding of the political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. Open to high school students in grades 9 � 12. For application and information see www.jfklibrary.org

    Mawista Scholarship for Extraordinary Personalities
    Application Deadline January each year
    Award Amount 500 Euros a month for 12 months. (open to residents from all countries including the US)
    Do you have an extraordinary personality? If you are unique then this scholarship may be for you. Traditional students with perfect GPA need not apply. Check out the Mawista Scholarship for Extraordinary Personalities at www.mawista.com/en/scholarship.

    Marbles Scholarships
    Application Deadline June of each year
    Award Amount $2000 for King and Queen mibsters, and $1000 for sportsmanship award.
    Enter the National Marbles Tournament and earn one of these unique scholarships for college. For Marbles scholarship requirements see www.nationalmarblestournament.org.

    Common Knowledge Scholarship
    Application Deadline varies
    Award Amount $5000 maximum
    Do you know lots of facts? Are you quick at taking tests? Sign up and take these online quizzes, as the person with the top score in each topic will win. Topics vary. Open to high school students in grades 9 � 12, and undergraduate and graduate college students. For Common Knowledge Scholarship application and information see www.cksf.org

    Surfing Scholarship
    Application Deadline June 1 each year
    Award Amount $1000 college scholarship
    If you are an east coast surfer, why not enter the Buddy Pelletier Surfing Foundation scholarship contest? 500 word essay and two letters of recommendation required. For the Buddy Pelletier Surfing Foundation Scholarship Program application and requirements see buddy.pelletier.com

    Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship
    Application Deadline April each year
    Award Amount $1000 – $5000
    If your passion is skateboarding, why not enter this unique scholarship program for skateboarders. Participants must answer this essay question: How has skateboarding been a positive influence in your life? The scholarship is open to high school seniors who promote skateboarding in their community. Recently, Tony Hawk has been one of the supporters for this
    unique scholarship.

    Twitter Scholarship
    Application Deadline October each year
    Award Amount $1400 for winner, $140 for second and third place
    Do you like to tweet? This twitter scholarship is one of the wacky scholarships and grants for college, offered by College Scholarships Foundation. Open to current college students. To apply, send a tweet on how Twitter can be used to improve the world. With the recent Arab spring, it is amazing to see the power of twitter. The tweet must be submitted online, and of course all you tweeters know it must be 140 characters or less. To apply for this twitter scholarship, see, collegescholarships.org

    Clarke Sinclair Memorial Archery College Scholarships
    Application Deadline April each year
    Award Amount 1 award of $1000 and 2 awards $500 each year
    This archery scholarship is another wacky scholarships for college, for current undergraduate college students who are a member of an archery team. Must participate in archery related activities, have a GPA of 3.0, and complete an essay about any subject. Just kidding, must complete an essay about archery. Think modern day Robin Hood and combine the power of twitter with the skill of archery. To apply online for this Archery Scholarship see www.clarkesinclair.org

    Healthy Lifestyles Scholarship
    Application Deadline May each year, sometimes also in December
    Award Amount 1 scholarship award of $5000 each year
    If you are addicted to McDonalds and other unhealthy eating habits, this could still be the scholarship for you. This is one of the slightly wacky scholarships for high school seniors and college students as it doesn�t require you to be healthy. Instead, you must write a 1000 word essay about why a healthy lifestyle is important, and a description of your goals. So couch potatoes who like to twitter or game away may still apply – just describe your fantasy healthy lifestyle essay. For Healthy Lifestyle scholarship requirements and online application see www.fitnessexercises

    Miss America Scholarship Competition Awards and Scholar Awards
    Application Deadline Varies depending on local beauty pageants leading to state finals for Miss America Pageant
    Award Amount At the national level, $50,000 for Miss America, $25,000 to first runner-up, and additional awards for other winners and contestants. At the state level, $1000 scholarship awarded up to 52 applicants � one from each state, Washington DC, and the Virgin Islands
    Looking for wacky scholarships for girls? OK, take off your combat boots, seriously this can be a fun scholarship for women with beauty, poise, talent and brains. The Miss America scholarships are offered by the Miss America Pageant for contestants at the national and state level. The state level scholarship is based on academic excellence. For more information about Miss America Scholarships and application requirements, see www.missamerica.org
    Gene Rabbitt Scholarship for Female Boxers
    Application Deadline July each year
    Award Amount $1000
    Go girl! Here’s another of the wacky scholarships for girls. If you are a female boxer attending a 2 year community college, 4 year college or university, or trade school, you may be eligible for a scholarship. Financial need is considered for this Boxing Scholarship for Women. www.usaboxing.org

     

    K2Teo Martin J. Green Sr. Memorial Scholarship
    Application Deadline January each year
    Award Amount $1000
    This scholarship is for licensed radio amateurs or who submit an essay about the role amateur radio has played in their life. I wonder if podcasts or YouTube videos count? Financial need is required for the Radio Amateurs Scholarship. www.arrlf.org
    Dr Pepper Scholarship $1,000,000 Tuition Giveaway
    Application Deadline Open from August – December.
    Award Amount multiple awards including 5 $10,000 awards plus chance to enter $100,000 tuition contest at football games sponsored by Dr Pepper. Winners have up to 5 years to use their $100,000 tuition award for 4 consecutive years of college, university or vocational school in the USA. 25 Grand prize winners.
    The Dr Pepper scholarship is one of the weird scholarships for college, perfect for video enthusiasts who can win $2500. Create your unique short video and upload to this free online contest. The video winners will be invited to attend a college championship football game, and can win $100,000 scholarship money for college by throwing the most footballs through a 2 foot diameter hoop in 30 seconds. Perhaps this is the perfect football scholarship too? Requirements and rules: Must be a USA citizen or legal resident of an eligible state and at least 18 years old at time of participation to be eligible for $2500 tuition promotion, and age 18 � 24 for the $1,000,000 Tuition Contest. For more information on the Dr Pepper Scholarship Contest and Tuition Giveaway see www.drpeppertuition.com.

    Young Entrepreneurs Essay Contest
    Application Deadline Per their website, they are only accepting scholarship renewals but are not accepting new applications.
    Award Amount $1000 – $5000 (27 awards per year), may reapply the next year. Most scholarships are awarded to Michigan residents, but this is open to all USA residents.
    The Young Entrepreneurs Essay Contest is one of the interesting USA scholarships, perfect for future innovators. You must buy from the site a $10 copy of The Entrepreneur�s Game: Logan�s Story if you are looking for one of these weird scholarships for boys, or The Entrepreneur�s Game: Adrienne�s story if you are looking for one of these weird scholarships for girls. After reading the book, you must write a 3-5 page essay based on the main character of the book, including the concept of innovation and how you can apply lessons learned in your life. Neither academic achievement nor financial need is considered. In some ways this isn�t a weird scholarship, as there are many examples of successful innovators dropping out of college to form their own companies. So spend the $10 and get inspired! Scholarship requirements: Must be a high school senior, legal USA resident planning to attend college the following year in the US. For more info on the Young Entrepreneurs Essay Contest see www.skandalaris.org.

    Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest
    Application Deadline tentative open August – November
    Award Amount $25,000
    If you love peanut butter sandwiches, and plan ahead, this is the weirdest scholarship for college. Create an original sandwich recipie using Jif brand peanut butter for a chance to win $25,000 college fund. You have to plan early, because the college scholarship fund is not for high school seniors or college students, but kids 6 � 12, of prime PBJ age. For full requirements for the Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest and application see www.jif.com.

    OP Loftbed $500 Scholarship Award
    Application Deadline was offered several times a year, but was recently put on hold temporarily. Check it out anyway as new contests may come throughout the year.
    Award Amount $500 scholarship award
    Be creative and fun with short answers to three online questions in this easy scholarship contest. Be sure to read the rules and instructions as they have a trick question (hint: answer to question #4 is �OP Loftbed�). You must be a US citizen and enroll in college or university within the following year. For OP Loftbed scholarship application and details see www.oploftbed.com.

    Dr. Seuss Scholarship – Oh the Places You�ll Go
    Application Deadline I contacted Dr. Seuss and received this response: Thank you for contacting us regarding the Oh, the Places You’ll Go! scholarship. Unfortunately, at this time, Dr. Seuss Enterprises will not be offering a scholarship in 2013. Check back for 2015 on their link at http://www.seussville.com/OTPScholarship/.
    Award Amount $10,000
    When I was a child, I remember reading so many of Dr. Seuss children books. One of the most inspirational, and very appropriate for high school seniors as they enter college, is the best selling book Oh, the Places You�ll Go! By Dr. Seuss. So dust off your childhood books and read this classic, then apply for the Dr. Seuss scholarship. In 2010/2011 this was a writing scholarship, and in 2011/2012 an art contest, so we were eager to see what the Dr. Seuss scholarship requirements will be in 2012/2013. But alas, as we said above, at this time they will not be offering a scholarship. What a shame, as this was one of the fun but weird unknown scholarships for college, and one of the best scholarships for high school seniors.

    AFSA Scholarship Contest
    Application Deadline Applications accepted through late March or early April for high school seniors and tentative April � August for college/trade school students.
    Award Amount 10 $2000 scholarships for high school seniors and 5 $1000 �second chance� scholarships for those pursuing college or trade school.
    For this easy scholarship offered by the American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program, read their Fire Sprinklers essay and correctly answer 10 multiple choice questions. You can then enter to win the contest. Must be a US citizen or legal resident. High school seniors must enroll in college in the fall to qualify. For American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program information and online application see www.afsascholarship.org.

    “Words to be Heard” Community Service Scholarship
    Application Deadline March
    Award Amount $5000 for grand prize, 3 $2500 second place winners and 3 $1000 runners-up.
    Create an imaginative presentation that discourages underage drinking, drunk driving or texting while driving. The presentation may be in any media, such as video, PowerPoint, essay, etc. The scholarship contest is limited to high school seniors across Western PA who will attend a 4-year college or university in the fall. For details see www.edgarsnyder.com/community-service/scholarship/ .

    Short People Scholarships
    Application Deadline April 22 each year
    Award Amount typically $250 – $1000 (2 for undergraduate students and 1 for graduate students)
    Short People Scholarships, offered by the Little People of America, is one of the weird unknown scholarships for college. Applicants must be 4 feet 10 inches or under to qualify as a member and apply for a short people scholarship. A short essay is required, and three letters of recommendation. Preference is given for those who have a medical condition that causes dwarfism. For more information on Short People Scholarships see www.lpaonline.org.

    Tall People Scholarships
    Application Deadline email local club
    Award Amount $1000
    It�s only fair that if there are short people scholarships, there should also be tall people scholarships. If your height is at least 5�10� for women or 6�2� for men, are under 21, and attending college for the first time in the fall, you may qualify for a scholarship through Tall Clubs International. For more information on Tall People Scholarships see www.tall.org.

    Duck Calling Contest
    Application Deadline varies, typically November each year
    Award Amount $2000 1st place, $1000 2nd place, $750 3rd place and $500 4th place
    Another of the weird unknown scholarships for college is the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest, associated with the World�s Champion Duck Calling Contest, held in Stuttgart, Arkansas. For more information on Duck Calling Scholarship Contest see http://stuttgartarkansas.org.

     

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