The 7 Craziest Scholarships You Can Apply For Now

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It’s finally time to narrow down your college choices. As exciting as that is, there is one little buzzkill: money. After all, college is very expensive! Unlike loans, which need to be repaid, scholarships give you a little extra money to put towards your tuition that you don’t need to pay back later. However, applying for scholarships doesn’t have to be tedious; there are some crazy and cool scholarships out there available for you! Check out these unique scholarships you should apply for.

1. Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

Would you believe us if we said you could design a prom dress out of duct tape and win a scholarship? Weirdly enough, you can! All it takes is using Duck Brand duct tape to create your own dress and submitting a picture in your application. Think outside of the box; you win based on creativity and style!

Requirement: You must be a legal resident of the United States or Canada and sign a release form.

Deadline: You can enter between March 10 and May 23.

Amount: $5,000 (and an additional $5,000 for your school)

To apply: Check out the Duck Brand website!

2. American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program

Don’t have the time to write another college essay? You’re in luck, because for this scholarship, you just have to read an essay about fire safety. After you read a passage, you answer a 10-question quiz, and then you’re entered to win one of 10 available scholarships. For each question you answer correctly, you’ll receive one entry towards the scholarship. Learning about safety and winning money for college? Sounds good to us.

Requirements: This scholarship is only open to high school seniors (including home-schooled students.)

Deadline: April 2 at 12 p.m. CDT

Amount: $2,000 (10 are available!)

To apply: Check out the scholarship’s website. 

3. Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship

This scholarship requires that you submit a picture of something you made out of ink cartridges or your old printer. Be creative! Applicants in the past have entered with Christmas trees, candleholders and lamps—all made out of cartridges. You need to post a picture of your creation on this Pinterest page to win.

If that doesn’t work for you, you can also apply by submitting a message through social media about recycling. You can post something inspirational about recycling on YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook with the hashtag #CastleInk.

Requirements: You must be an entering or current college student.

Deadline: May 1

Amount: $1,000

To apply: Check out the scholarship information here!

4. Your Favorite Car Scholarship

New Car Sell Off, a site for discounted new vehicles, is sponsoring this scholarship. All you have to do is write an essay about a vehicle that is listed on the website with at least three reasons why you chose that vehicle. The most convincing essay will win!

Requirements: You must be an entering or current college student. You also must be a resident of the United States or Canada.

Deadline: April 30

Amount: $500

To apply: Check out their website.

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Hannah is a junior at Hofstra University, majoring in public relations and minoring in psychology. Previously she's interned at 94.5 PST (a New Jersey radio station), PIX11 Television, thecelebritycafe.com, and is now a contributing writer at Her Campus. When she isn't working, writing, or taking classes, she is an active member in her sorority and is the public relations coordinator of an anti-bullying club on campus. She enjoys coffee shops, watching Sex and the City re-runs, and 90s boy bands.

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