Loyola University Chicago

Financial Aid Office

Outside The Box Scholarships

  • Tall Clubs International Scholarship: If you’re a male 6’ 2” or taller, or a female 5’ 10” or taller, you just may qualify for this $1,000 scholarship. To qualify, you simply need to write an essay entitled “What Being Tall Means to Me.”
  • Van Valkenburg Memorial Scholarship: You can win $1,000 if you’re a descendant through birth or legal adoption of Lambert and Annetje Van Valkenburg.
  • Potato Industry Scholarship: The National Potato Council awards annually one $5,000 scholarship to a graduate student pursuing Agribusiness, which enhances the potato industry.
  • Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck on Prom Contest: Who would ever think that creating prom outfits out of duct tape could win a lucky couple $3,000 in scholarship money?
  • American Welding Society Scholarships: Are you a talented welder – or have an interest in being one? If so, you may be eligible for welding scholarships that could help pay for education in soldering, brazing, joining and thermal spraying.
  • Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest: If you love ducks season you may be eligible for $2,000 in scholarships. So get your favorite duck call and get prepared to win some money!
  • Excellence in Predicting the Future Award: You don’t have to be a fortune teller to win this $400 award. You just need to be good at predicting the financial market and have a desire for economics.
  • The Billy Barty Foundation: This scholarship is awarded to students who are short in stature – under 4’ 10” – and have proof of dwarfism.
  • National Marbles Tournament Scholarship: This contest for eight to 14 year olds awards between $1,000 and $2,000 scholarship money to those skilled in the game of marbles.
  • Common Knowledge Challenges: If you know a lot about a lot then you may be eligible for a series of Common Knowledge Scholarships that range from $250 – $3,000.
  • Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship: Looking for $5,000 in college scholarship money? Simply be a vegetarian high school student who promotes vegetarianism in your school or community.
  • Discover Scholarship Award: This scholarship for high school juniors requires a 2.75 GPA and proof of a significant roadblock to earn $40,000 for post-high school education, training, certification or licensing.
  • KLI Academic Award: The Kor Memorial Scholarship: If you’re a “Trekky” then you’ll love this $500 scholarship from the Klingon Language Institute for students in the field of language study. Luckily, you don’t need to know Klingon to qualify!
  • American Association of Candy Technologists Scholarship: College sophomores, juniors and seniors could qualify for $5,000 in scholarship funds if they carry a 3.0 GPA and major in food science or other related areas. Sounds like a sweet deal!
  • Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest: If you didn’t get the Klingon Scholarship, you may qualify for this contest that awards student authors and illustrators in the genre of Science Fiction.
  • National Rifle Association YES Scholarship: After being accepted to the NRA Youth Education Summit, contingents may apply to the scholarship that awards up to $30,000 in college aid – no rifle shooting required.
  • American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship: Being a grape lover has definite benefits, especially when it comes to this scholarship that awards undergrad and grad full-time students majoring in viticulture or enology.
  • OP Loftbed Scholarship: This $500 scholarship only requires that you attend an accredited college or university and answer a few quirky questions (ex. What will you type in your next TEXT, Tweet, or Instant Message to your best friend?).
  • Evans Scholars Foundation Scholarship: Golf lovers could benefit from this WGA-sponsored scholarship that gives young caddies with financial need (and a great caddie record) the opportunity to pay for college.
  • Zolp Scholarship: Here’s another lucky last name scholarship. This one is from Loyola University and asks that your last name be Zolp and you be Catholic in order to qualify.
  • Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship: The desire to study parapsychology along with proof that you’ve written about it before is all you need to qualify for this $3,000 scholarship.
  • Starfleet Academy Scholarship: If you’re an active Starfleet member (an organization modeled around Star Trek) who attends any type of post-high school learning institution you could earn $500 in scholarship money.
  • United States Bowling Congress (USBA) Scholarships: USBA offers a number of scholarships to bowling fans with dollar amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.
  • Surfrider Foundation Scholarship Program: This grassroots organizations awards scholarships to undergrads, grads and Ph.D. students who are members of the Surfrider Foundation.
  • Michigan Llama Association (MLA) Scholarship: Being an MLA member or being the child of a member is all you need to qualify for this scholarship.
  • Tylenol Scholarship: Tylenol offers $5,000 to $10,000 awards to 40 lucky students each year. How to qualify? Desire a career in the medical field.
  • American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship: High school students who don’t mind reading an essay about fire sprinklers then taking a 10-question test could qualify for a $2,000 scholarship.
  • Collegiate Inventors Competition: Students who have you been enrolled full-time at a U.S. or Canadian college or university for at least 12 months and have a new idea, process or technology could qualify for $15,000 in scholarship money.
  • LaFontaine Aquatic Entomology Scholarship: The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) $500 scholarship is for aquatic entomology lovers and scholars performing research in the field.
  • Mycological Society of America Scholarships: $2,000 scholarships are available to students, teachers and researchers who study mycology (the study of fungi).