Every year hundreds of scholarships are awarded to bright and promising students whose talent lies beyond academic scores or grades.

Do you have a unique, crazy talent that you want to cash on to fund your education? Then there are some really wacky scholarships that are meant for you. These scholarships are not included in the mainstream government scholarships for academic or extra-curricular excellence, but as the name suggests they are simply "WACKY".

The criteria for these scholarships are so bizarre that it would leave you utterly and completely dumbfounded. From winning financial aid for being a redhead to getting money to fund your education because you are left-handed, there are several weird reasons that could get you the financial help that you need. You just have to put your unique talents to the test.

Wacky Scholarships for the Year 2015

The scholarships listed here are some of the craziest of the lot. Some of them are so downright unreal that it is difficult to believe that these are actual scholarships. This is the reason why many of these often go unclaimed. Add to that the fact that not many people are aware of these financial aid options. But these are verifiable scholarships that you can actually use to fund your education. Take a look at the section below, so that you can pick one that suits your talents and abilities.

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

This is one of the wacky scholarships for high school seniors in the United States. All those capable of calling ducks can participate in this contest to win a scholarship for pursuing higher education. For registration, you will have to provide a copy of your high school transcript and a proper ID. Each participant is given 90 seconds in which time he or she has to make use of four calls indicating hail, feed, comeback, and mating. Students have to register through the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce, Stuttgart, Arkansas. In 2014, the first-place winner received $2,000, the second winner $1,000, the third winner $750, and the 4th-place winner received $500. This scholarship has a relatively low number of applicants. Nov. 29, 2015 is the deadline.

Duck Brand: Duct Tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

Imagine if you could actually win money for college, based on creations from duct tape. Well, you can! The Henkal Corporation's Duck Brand Duct Tape rewards scholarships for creating prom attire out of duct tape. All you have to do is provide one color photograph of you and your date (or just yourself if you're entering for the Singles Category) in a prom attire that you have made from duct tape, give them your contact details, age/grade level, closest major city, and details about the prom (you need to attend a school-sanctioned prom), and you are good to go. For a minor, a release form has to be signed by a parent or the guardian. The prizes include:
  • First Place: $10,000 to each individual of the winning couple and $5,000 to their school
  • Second Place: $5,000 each and $3,000 to their school
  • Third Place: $3,000 each and $2,000 to their school
  • 7 Runners-up winners: $500 each and $500 to their school
  • Category Winners: Duck Brand Tape Prize Pack (30 rolls of Color & Printed Duck Brand Tape and a Stuffed Trust E. Duck)
The deadline for this scholarship is June 1, 2015.

NAAFA Scholarships

These are wacky scholarships to encourage "fat" students based on merit. This scholarship is funded by the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA). Every year NAAFA rewards a thousand dollar scholarship to college students who are a part of the organization, and have a good standing in it. What do you have to do to win the scholarship? Well, you need to write an essay that highlights the importance of fat acceptance, and submit it to your NAAFA chapter. Smaller scholarships are also available from local NAAFA chapters. Undergraduate or graduate students from accredited academic institutions, who utilize Health at Every Size tenets and principles in their studies and research are eligible to apply for the NAAFA HAES Scholarship. The winner is awarded $1,000. The deadline for this scholarship has already passed. However, the scholarship is awarded every year, so you may try next year. NAAFA Plus-Size Fashion Design Scholarship is awarded to encourage student fashion designers to specialize in the design of fashions for the plus-size body. The winner will be awarded $1,000. The deadline is June 1, 2015.

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Did you ever think that your eating habits would be the reason you get a scholarship? Well, you actually can obtain one for being a vegetarian. Each year, the Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) awards two scholarships worth $5000 each and one $10,000 scholarship to students who have promoted vegetarianism in their school and community. As an applicant, you need to submit an essay on how you promoted vegetarianism. You are expected to prove that you follow a vegetarian diet and a healthy lifestyle. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in spring 2016. The deadline is February 20, 2016.

Zolp Scholarship

Your last name, religion, and the university that you attend are the basis of this scholarship. In order to win this financial aid, your last name must be Zolp, you must be a Catholic, and you have to be enrolled at the Loyola University in Chicago. Of course, you will need to provide copies of your birth certificate and your confirmation certificate. The scholarship is rewarded on the basis of fund availability and number of applications. Prospective candidates must be admitted to Loyola by February 1.

Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships

Are you so tall that you were just stuck in the back for all your class photos? Well, for all those years when you were automatically relegated to the back row, you can now be thankful for your height. The Tall Clubs International (TCI) awards annual scholarships to members of the society under the age of 21. The criteria? Well, men have to be taller that 6'2'', and women must be taller than 5'10''. Every year, the TCI awards student scholarships of up to $1000 each to tall students who are about to attend their first year of college in the following Fall. Last year, the scholarship application window opened on July 15th and closed on February 15th.

These were just some of the most bizarre scholarships that are available to students who want to pursue higher studies. Here is a list of some other wacky scholarships.

American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) Scholarships: You will be quizzed on sprinklers (questions about fire safety to help raise awareness). There are five $1,000 scholarships. The deadline for the Second Chance Scholarship is August 26, 2015.

The SAMMY Award for the Student with the Best Milk Mustache: The award amount is $7,500, and the deadline is March 12, 2016. Total No. of scholarships - 25. Writing Scholarship: The amount awarded is $500, and the deadline is June 1, 2015.

The Parapsychological Association Research Endowment: It is provided by the Parapsychological Association. The award amount is $5000, and the deadline is June 30, 2015.

Hit the Books Scholarship: The award amount is $500, and the deadline is June 30, 2015.

National Potato Council Scholarship: It is open to graduate students pursuing advanced studies which can help enhance the potato industry. The award amount is $10,000, and the deadline is June 30, 2015.

Student Services Rodeo Scholarship: The award amount varies. The deadline is July 1, 2015.

Swann Foundation Caricature & Cartoon Fellowship: It is open to graduate students (M.A. or Ph.D.) who are conducting scholarly research in the field of caricature and cartoon. The award amount is $15,000. The deadline is February 15, 2016.

Writers of the Future Contest: It is open to amateur writers. There are three prizes per quarter ($1000, $750, $500), and there is also a yearly grand prize of $4000. Each year, there are four quarterly deadlines (September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30).

Make Us Laugh Scholarship: The participant must be 13 years of age or older at the time of application. He/she is expected to write a short essay (250 words or less) describing an event in his/her life, funny or embarrassing fact or fiction, and it should make the examiners laugh! The amount awarded is $1500. The deadline is August 31, 2015.

Do-over Scholarship: The award amount is $1500. Children need to submit an online short essay (250 words or less) as an answer to the question, "If you could get one 'do-over' in life, what would it be and why?" The deadline is June 30, 2015.

Shout It Out Scholarship: The award amount is $1500. Eligible children should submit an online short essay (250 words or less) as an answer to the question, "If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?" The deadline is September 30, 2015.

Alice McArver Ratchford Scholarship for What You Don't Do: The amount and the deadline vary.

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship: The amount is $2000. The applicants are asked to submit a short essay (250 words or less) explaining their plan of action if zombies were to overrun their school. The deadline is October 31, 2015.

Education Matters Scholarship: All applicants should submit an online short essay (250 words or less) as an answer to the question, "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?" The winner will receive $5,000. The deadline is November 30, 2015.

The Twin/Triplet Dorm Room Waiver: It is available to full-time entering freshman at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. The amount and the deadline vary.

The Top Ten List Scholarship: This gives you the chance to show what's truly special and exceptional about you. You just have to write down the top ten reasons (250 words or less) 'why you should get this scholarship' and submit it online! The award amount is $1,500, and the deadline is December 31, 2015.

This is not a complete list of wacky scholarships. There exist scholarships for nearly every characteristic you could imagine! So, if you think your talents allow you to win any of these financial aids, go ahead, and apply for them. You never know, you might just get the scholarship. All the best!