Most college scholarships are aimed at students with superb grades or stellar athleticism. But these college scholarships aren’t based on either of those.

The goal is to get your kids through college with as little debt as possible. To do that, you gotta get creative, and believe me, these scholarships are pretty out there. And don’t forget about all the other ways you can save money while working toward a degree.

Here are dozens of unique scholarships that current and future college students should bookmark now.

Note: Some of these college scholarships might not be currently accepting applications, but make sure to check back later to find their up-to-date deadlines.

 

College scholarships with a January deadline.

1. Share your personal story for the Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship.

Deadline: January 17, 2020

Available to: High school seniors

Details: Earn $500 to $5,000 for school by sharing your experiences with Alzheimer’s in an essay for the Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship.

 

2. ASIST Scholarship gives nontraditional students a leg up.

Deadline: Varies by location, but entries will reopen in January 2021 (Not currently open — deadlines vary by location)

Available to: Nontraditional adult students

Details: If you are re-entering college or enrolling later in life, you could earn up to $10,000. You must live within the boundaries of an Executive Women International chapter, demonstrate financial need and describe your challenge and goals.

 

3. Finally, someone wants to hear about your dream with theI Have a Dream Scholarship.

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Available to: The I Have a Dream Scholarship is available to students 13 and up

Details: Tell these guys about your dreams.It could be some bizarre dream you had, or your hopes for the future in 250 words or less. If they choose your submission, you’ll win a $1,500 college scholarship.

 

College scholarships with a February deadline.

4. Jeannette Rankin Fund Scholarship awards nontraditional female students.

Deadline: February 2021 (Not currently open — reopens in November 2020)

Available to: Low-income women (income for one would be below $23,500) who are 35 or older and pursuing a college education.

Details: Finally able to pursue your dream of higher ed? The Jeannette Rankin Fund Scholarship is all about helping make that dream come true. Submit a personal statement, letters of recommendation, proof of acceptance and/or a transcript to qualify.

 

5. The Boren Awards for International Study wants to applaud your language skills.

Deadline: February 3, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST

Available to: Current U.S. college students with an interest in studying less commonly taught languages in countries critical to U.S. National Security. (Think Arabic, Swahili, and Chinese.)

Details: Earn up to $20,000 to study abroad. Preference is given to students proposing at least 25 weeks overseas.

 

6. Medical students can try for the Alice W. Rooke Scholarship.

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Available to: The Alice W. Rooke Scholarship is specifically for students on the road to becoming a medical doctor (not for pre-med, vet or physician assistant). In other words, students who have already completed their pre-med undergraduate degree.

Details: Share your plans for the medical field in 1,000 words, and you could earn up to $20,000 in scholarship money. The award amount is $5,000 per year, and it is renewable for up to three years. Let’s be honest, doctors can use all the help they can get.

 

7. The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship awards animal activism.

Deadline: February 21, 2021

Available to: High school seniors graduating in spring 2021

Details: Earn $5,000 or $10,000 through the Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship when you share your passion for vegetarianism with your school or community. Save the piggies, y’all.

 

8. Write the ultimate thank you card for the Sweet and Simple Scholarship.

Deadline: February 28, 2021

Available to: Students 13 and up

Details: Write 250 word about a meaningful gift you received. You could earn $1,500 from the Sweet and Simple Scholarship for your, you guessed it, short and sweet essay.

 

 

College scholarships with a March deadline.

9. Tall Clubs International Scholarship awards your height-y DNA.

Deadline: March 1, 2020 (Not currently open)

Available to: Incoming college freshmen who are tall. Men must be at least 6′ 2″ and women must be at least 5′ 10″.

Details: If you’ve been given the gift of height, you could earn $1,000 for college through the Tall Clubs International Scholarship.

 

10. Wax poetic about water in the ABPA Harrington-Arthur Scholarship Essay Competition.

Deadline: March 15, 2020 (Not currently open)

Available to: Students between the ages of 13 and 19

Details: Write a 700-1,2500 word essay on the topic of backflow prevention and safe drinking water, and you could earn $1,500 through the ABPA Harrington-Arthur Scholarship Essay Competition.

 

11. National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation helps you pursue your foodie dream.

Deadline: March 31, 2020 (Not currently open)

Available to: Undergraduates pursuing food service industry careers

Details: Restaurants like Buffalo Wild Wings and Burger King donate to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to make this scholarship possible. Apply to win up to $10,000 towards your restaurant-related degree.

 

12. Draw your way to $30,000 with the Doodle 4 Google Scholarship.

Deadline: March 20, 2020 (Not currently open)

Available to: Students in kindergarten – 12th grade.

Details: Create a doodle for Google fitting the year’s theme, and receive up to $30,000 for college via the Doodle 4 Google Scholarship. Plus, Google will feature your doodle. Awards are given based on artistic ability, creativity and whether the theme is represented.

 

13. Use your imagination to win $2,500 via the Superpower Scholarship.

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Available to: Students 13 and up

Details: We’ve all dreamed of spending the day as a superhero or supervillain. Write 250 words about who you’d choose and why; you could win the $2,500 Superpower Scholarship.

 

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College scholarships with an April deadline.

14. The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund awards student activists.

Deadline: April 1, 2020 (deadline passed; check back next year)

Available to: Current college students

Details: The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund awards up to $15,000 to student activists making their voices heard for social and economic justice and change.

 

15. The National Black Nurses Association has several scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

Deadline: April 15, 2020 (deadline passed; check back next year)

Available to: Black women pursuing a nursing degree in the U.S.; specific qualifications vary

Details: NBNA scholarships are varied and range from $1,000 to $5,000. Visit the National Black Nurses Association scholarships page for more info.

 

16. Tell the All About Education Scholarship why you want their money in order to get their money.

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Available to: Students 13 and up

Details: The goal of the All About Education Scholarship is simply to ease the burden of students. Tell them why a $3,000 scholarship will make a difference in your life in 250 words or less.

 

17. Flex your video skills for the IP Video Contest Scholarship.

Deadline: April 30, 2021 (Not currently open)

Available to: Students 13 and up

Details: Make a video about your understanding of intellectual property and why it matters to you. Be creative by making a skit, song or dance and you could win up to $5,000 thanks to the IP Video Contest Scholarship.

 

 

College scholarships with a May deadline.

18. Tylenol Future Care Scholarship awards healthcare students.

Deadline: Not currently open, but should reopen May 2021

Available to: Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing healthcare careers

Details: The Tylenol Future Care Scholarship awards $500 to $5,000 to students who display academic excellence, exemplary leadership, community involvement and dedication to a future career in healthcare.

 

19. Get funny — about a serious topic — for the Comedy Defensive Driving Scholarship.

Deadline: December 31, 2020 for the fall 2021 s semester

Available to: Students planning to attend or currently attending an accredited college

Details: Win $1,500 for creating an advertisement about distracted driving. Humor is welcome for the Comedy Defensive Driving Scholarship.

 

20. Love the number 5? Apply for the Fifth Month Scholarship.

Deadline: May 31, 2020 (currently closed)

Available to: Students 13 and up

Details: In celebration of the fifth month of the year, tell these guys why the number 5 is so great, and you could get $1,500.

 

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College scholarships with a June deadline.

21. The Association of Moving Image Archivists Scholarship awards film lovers.

Deadline: June 1, 2020 (Not currently open — reopens in February 2021)

Available to: Graduate-level students with at least a 3.0 GPA and a commitment to the preservation of moving images.

Details: If you’re looking for scholarships for current students, this is a good one to look at. Explain why you believe archiving moving images is important, and you could earn $4,000 from the Association of Moving Image Archivists Scholarships.

 

22. Future hospitality industry majors could win $500 through the Consolidated Food Service Scholarship.

Deadline: June 15, 2020 (currently closed)

Available to: High school seniors planning to attend college in the fall or current culinary arts students.

Details: If you’re a gourmet and you’re planning a career in the culinary arts or other hospitality profession, you could earn $500 for college through the Consolidated Food Service Scholarship.

 

23. The National Potato Council Scholarship wants to help you pursue your starchy dreams.

Deadline: June 15, 2019 (Not currently open)

Available to: Graduate students actively involved in research to help the potato industry

Details: The National Potato Council Scholarship prize is $10,000. The winner is selected based on various criteria including academic achievement, leadership abilities, potato-related areas of graduate study, benefit to the U.S. potato industry/commercial value, extracurricular activities and grades.

 

24. Get a cool grand just for making a Cappex profile.

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Available to: Students enrolled at an accredited college.

Details: The Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship gives an $1,000 college scholarship to college students who create a Cappex profile and explain what they do in their free time.

 

College scholarships with a July deadline.

25. Minorities enrolled in pharmacy school can get $5,000 from CVS.

Deadline: July 1, 2020 (not currently open but check back in 2021)

Available to: Minority students — Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and/or Pacific Islanders — in a PharmD program with a 3.0 GPA or higher

Details: The CVS Health Minority Scholarship Application for Pharmacy Students awards folks in underrepresented communities who are pursuing a degree in pharmacy. To apply, simply ensure you meet eligibility guidelines and acquire the requested letters of recommendation and transcripts.

 

26. Get $500 from the American Association of Railroad Superintendents.

Deadline: July 15, 2020 (Not currently open)

Available to: Full time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at accredited colleges

Details: The AARS Frank J. Richter Scholarship gives away $1,000 each year and considers all applicants but places priority on students studying something in the transportation field. Applicants must complete a narrative under 1,350 words about themselves, their education and why they deserve this scholarship.

 

27. Future Wall Street hopefuls can get $1,500 from BankMobile.

Deadline: July 17, 2020 (Not currently open)

Available to: Undergraduate and graduate students with a 3.0GPA or higher

Details: Write an essay (under 650 words) about the importance of financial literacy, and you could get awarded up to $1,500 from the BankMobile Financial Literacy Scholarship.

 

28. Receive up to $10,000 from the NASCAR Wendell Scott Sr. Scholarship.

Deadline: July 25, 2020

Available to: Black students enrolled in a four-year college with communications, engineering, information technology or public relations major and a 3.0 GPA.

Details: The NASCAR Wendell Scott Sr. Scholarship honors the legacy of Wendell Scott Sr., the first African-American to win a NASCAR Cup Series Race.

 

29. Apply for the “aggressive” scholarship once you’ve applied for everything else.

Deadline: July 28, 2020

Available to: Anyone who can provide proof that they’ve applied for multiple college scholarships and submits a short letter about themselves explaining why they need the $500.

Details: The Scholarship for Aggressive Scholarship Applicants‘ intent is to reward you for your persistence and courage in applying for many scholarships. Debt.com‘s mission is to encourage Americans to fight their way to financial independence.

 

30. Write about your favorite ice cream — yes, really — for a chance at $1,500.

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Available to: Students 13 or older

Details: July is National Ice Cream Month, which begs the question: If you were a flavor of ice cream, which would you be, and why? Earn $1,500 if your answer is chosen for the Flavor of the Month Scholarship.

 

College scholarships with an August deadline.

31. Aviation bloggers should aim for the niche Calvin L. Carrithers Aviation Scholarship.

Deadline: August 14, 2019

Available to: Aviation school students who blog about their ongoing education.

Details: Students who blog at least once a week about aviation while in school could win the $1,000 Calvin L. Carrithers Aviation Scholarship.

 

32. Are you a Gatlin/Gatling? Check out the John Gatling Grant Program.

Deadline: August 31, 2020 (for priority consideration)

Available to: Students with the last name Gatlin or Gatling, who are attending (or are planning to attend) North Carolina State University.

Details: The hyper-specific John Gatling Grant Program gifts $10,000 annually to Gatlin/Gatlings in-state, and $15,000 to those who are paying out-of-state tuition. See, family is good for something.

 

33. Flex your funny bone for the Make Me Laugh Scholarship.

Deadline: August 31, 2019

Available to: Students 13 years or older

Details: Take a break from your serious academic life to try for the Make Me Laugh Scholarship. If you write something that makes these folks laugh, they’ll give you $1,500.

 

34. Childhood stroke survivors should apply for the CHASA Scholarship.

Deadline: August 31, 2020 for the 2020 fall semester and August 31, 2021 for the 2021 fall semester

Available to: Undergraduate and graduate students under 25 who have hemiplegia or hemiparesis

Details: Student survivors of childhood strokes can win up to $3,000 for secondary education thanks to the CHASA Scholarship for Childhood Stroke Survivors.

 

35. Passionate undergrads can get $1,000 via the Clubs of America Scholarship.

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Available to: Undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA

Details: Write a 600 word essay about your professional aspirations, and describe how your education will help you get there. If your submission is chosen for the Clubs of America Scholarship, you’ll earn $1,000.

 

 

College scholarships with a September deadline.

36. Brainstorm ideas for saving the ocean for a $1,500 scholarship.

Deadline: Admission deadlines for 2021 will be announced in fall 2020

Available to: Ages 11-18

Details: If you want to make the ocean a little bit cleaner, you could win up to $1,500. Submit your ideas about ending ocean pollution in the form of art, poetry, prose or film to the Ocean Awareness Student Contest.

 

37. Safe driver? Try for the Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship.

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Available to: High school and college students

Details: Write a 500-1000 word essay about texting and driving; you could earn the $1,000 Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship.

 

38. Someone will (finally) pay you to speak your mind thanks to the Shout It Out Scholarship.

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Available to: Students 13 and up

Details: Ever wish you could shout so the whole world would hear? The Shout It Out Scholarship asks you to write 250 words about what you’d say if you could and why. Winners will earn $1,500.

 

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College scholarships with an October deadline.

39. Craft artists and art researchers can win up to $20,000 in grants.

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Available to: Graduate students

Details: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s Craft Research Fund wants to back research on artistic and critical issues in craft theory and history. Apply to win up to $20,000.

 

40. Got beef? Apply for the CME Beef Industry Scholarship.

Deadline: Currently closed but check back in October 2020 about the 2021-22 application

Available to: High school seniors and college undergraduates

Details: You could earn $1,500 towards your education if you’re planning a career in the beef industry and write a 750-word essay about an issue in the beef issue and a solution.

 

41. Engineering students could secure a paid summer internship and up to $12,000.

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Available to: College freshmen, sophomores and juniors studying metallurgy, materials science, electrical, mechanical, chemical, industrial, environmental, computer science and safety with a GPA of 2.5 or more.

Details: The Steel Intern Scholarship awards a paid(!) internship and a $12,000 scholarship to the top-scoring applicant.

 

42. Write about your zombie apocalypse plan in exchange for $2,000.

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Available to: Students 13 years or older.

Details: The Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship is looking for students who can devise a plan to avoid a swarm of zombies, including a hiding spot and the top five things you’d bring to stay alive.

 

College scholarships with a November deadline.

43. Start working on your duck-calling skills now for a chance at a $2,000 scholarship.

Deadline: November 29, 2020

Available to: High school senior with enviable duck calling skills

Details: A uniquely performative scholarship, the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest is part of the World’s Champion Duck Calling Contest that happens every year in Stuttgart, Arkansas. The winner of the scholarship — whoever can crush all four: hail, feed, comeback, and mating call — will receive $2,000 for their college fund.

 

44. Rep the transportation industry for a chance at $500.

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Available to: Students from kindergarten to graduate school

Details: Make a 2-4 minute video about transportation infrastructure for the ARTBA’s Student Transportation Video Contest and the American Road & Transportation Builders Association could award you $500.

 

College scholarships with a December deadline.

45. Adobe has a lot of cool opportunities for creatives.

Deadline: Not stated (check the website December 2020 for updates)

Available to: Students with proof of college acceptance or undergraduate and graduate students in a creative field.

Details: Show your commitment to using creativity as a force for good in the world, and Adobe could cover a portion or all of your tuition. You’ll need to create an Adobe account to apply for Adobe Creativity Scholarships.

 

46. Ladies over 30 years old can pursue the Worthy Women’s Scholarship.

Deadline: December 2, 2019

Available to: The Worthy Women’s Scholarship is for females 30 who are enrolled in school

Details: Win $2,500 for your 300-500 word essay about the impact of strong women in your life, a dream in your life and how you accomplished it or challenge you have overcome

 

47. Nontraditional prospective college students can get $1,000 from the Imagine America Foundation.

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Available to: Prospective college students over the age of 19.

Details: This Adult Skills Education Program scholarship is intended to help students who didn’t enter college immediately after high school or who wish to re-enter college. You’ll need to watch a financial planning tutorial and take their quiz to apply for $1,000.

 

48. Use your knowledge and history and tech to get a $10,000 college scholarship.

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Available to: Students 13 and up.

Details: Pick a famous person to come back to life and answer what their favorite app would be. If Unigo likes your answer best, you’ll win $10,000 via the Unigo $10K Scholarship.

 

Scholarships you can apply for year-round.

49. Get $500 with the Courage to Grow Scholarship.

Deadline: End of each month

Available to: High school juniors and seniors or college students

Details: The Courage to Grow Scholarship wants to take some of the weight off of college students by offering $500 to one student every month. Just tell them why you deserve the award in 250 words or less.

 

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