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Unusual scholarships for college

There’s a lot of scholarship money out there to help students pay for college. And many programs offer scholarships with some unconventional requirements that can be appealing to certain audiences. Here are some that stand out from the crowd. Click on each scholarship name for full details.

American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program

This scholarship program with a simple application requires students to read a short essay on the topic of sprinkler and fire safety and then complete a quiz. Every correct answer the student submits will put the student in the running for one of ten $2,000 scholarships available. Students are free to refer to the provided text while completing the quiz and are given a second attempt for each incorrect answer. The scholarship is open until April 6, 2016 to senior high school students who are U.S. citizens.

Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck at Prom Contest

This scholarship contest provides students the opportunity to flaunt their creative side. The entries that create the most impressive prom outfits using Duck Brand duct tape will be able to win up to a whopping $10,000 towards their college education and have an additional $5,000 go to their high school. There are lower scholarship prizes for runner-up through second place, ranging from $500 to $5,000. Entrants must submit a picture by June 1, 2016, be at least 14-years-old, and attend a high school prom.

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Open to high school seniors, this scholarship awards students who have promoted a vegetarian lifestyle, and thereby a peaceful world, through efforts in their school or community. Applicants must submit an essay, application, transcript, and three recommendations by February 20, 2016. One $10,000 scholarship and two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Hollister Co Anti-Bullying Scholarship Program

This scholarship, open until February 1, 2016, gives students who have experienced bullying or advocated for anti-bullying efforts a chance to share their story and be rewarded for their efforts and resilience. Entrants must submit a 500-word essay and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Both U.S. and international high school seniors may apply. Winners receive a $2,500 scholarship that is renewal for all four years of college.

Create a Greeting Card Scholarship

Artistic students should take note of this scholarship, which requires a submission of an original photo, computer graphic, or other artwork appropriate for the front of a greeting card. All current high school and college students are eligible to enter. Entries (only one per person) will be accepted until February 25, 2016. One winner will receive $10,000.

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