10 Unique College Scholarships:  2018 Edition

10 Unique College Scholarships: 2018 Edition

According to CollegeBoard, more than 70% of students receive grant aid to help pay for college.  Get a jump start on scholarship applications by visiting these unique scholarship opportunities.


Vince Jacknewitz Scholarship Program

Deadline:  March 31st, 2018
Award Amount:  (6) $1,500

The American Eagle Credit Union Vince Jacknewitz Scholarship program offers six $15,000 scholarships to credit union members who are high school seniors.  The scholarship focuses on a three-page essay or a 60-90 second video.  Applicants must be accepted to an accredited college or university and provide high school transcripts (including first semester of senior year), letter of acceptance for the college of their choice, completed 2018 official application and a letter of recommendation from a teach or work/volunteer supervisor.

View the Vince Jacknewitz Scholarship Program page.


Stuck at Prom 2018

Deadline:  July 9th, 2018
Award Amount:  (2) $10,000 and (2) $100 Duck Brand Prize Packs

If you’ve seen pictures on social media of prom goers wearing dresses or tuxedos out of duct tape, this is probably why!  Stuck at Prom is sponsored by Duck Tape®, and eligibility requires your dress or tuxedo from prom to be made out of Duck Tape®.  Online voting to determine the finalists is from June 14th-June 25th.  After that, a closed panel of judges vote for the winners based on:  workmanship, originality, use of colors, accessories, and use of Duck® Brand Duct Tape. 

View the official Stuck at Prom rules.


Project Yellow Light Billboard Design Contest Scholarship

Deadline:  March 1st, 2018
Award Amount:  (2) $5,000 (2) $2,000 and (1) $1,000 for video applicants, (2) $2,000 for design applicants, and (2) $2,000 for radio applicants.

Available to high school juniors and seniors, the Project Yellow Light Billboard Design Contest (PYLBDC) was created to make a fun, educational way to advocate not texting while driving.  It has three categories for entry submission:  video, design, and radio—you may enter more than one category.  PYLBDC welcomes teams up to four to submit an entry and the scholarship(s) will be split evenly among the winners.

Get more information on how to start your PYLBDC application.

Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

Deadline:  March 1st, 2018
Award Amount:  (1) $10,000

If you’re the creative type—whether it’s drawing by hand or designing graphic art online, The Gallery Collection has a scholarship for you!  Submit your original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card online by March 1st, 2018.  The winner will be announces April 30th, 2018.  Ages 14 and up are eligible must be enrolled in an academic program during the time of the contest.

Get more information on The Gallery Collection’s Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest.

Superpower Scholarship

Deadline:  March 31, 2018
Award Amount:  (1) $2,500

Use your imagination to become the superhero—or supervillain—you’ve always wanted to be.  Applicants must be 13 or older, a legal resident of the U.S., and be currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.  Simply submit an online response in 250 words or less to the question, “Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?”

Apply for the Superpower Scholarship.


Unigo $10K Scholarship

Deadline:  December 31, 2018
Award Amount:  (1) $10,000

Have you ever wondered how a famous historical figure would handle today’s technology?  From the same scholarship platform as the Superpower Scholarship, Unigo has a larger scholarship award with a longer deadline.  Applicants must be 13 or older, a legal resident of the U.S., and currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution.  Submit an online response in 250 words or less to the question, “Imagine a historical figure is brought back to life.  Who is it?  What’s their favorite mobile app?”

Apply for the Unigo $10K Scholarship.

AMIA Scholarship Program

Deadline:  May 1st, 2018
Award Amount:  (3) $4,000

The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) believes in the education and training of moving image archivists.  The AMIA Scholarship Program awards three annual scholarships—the Sony Pictures Scholarship, The Rick Chace Foundation Scholarship, and the Universal Studios Preservation Scholarship.  These scholarships are given as financial assistance to students of merit who intend to pursue a career in moving image archiving.  Applicants only need to submit one application and set of necessary documents to be eligible for all three scholarships; however, no applicant will be awarded more than one scholarship. 

Get more information on the AMIA Scholarship Program.


CIEE College Study Abroad Need Based Grants:
Gain Travel Grant
Gilman Go Global Grant

Deadlines:  April 1, 2018 (Summer/Fall programs) or October 15 (Spring programs)
Award Amounts:    Gain Travel Grant—(1) $750 to $2,000 toward airfare
                                Gilman Go Global Grant—(1) $2,500 toward a semester program
                                or (1) $1,000 toward a summer program

The CIEE College Study Abroad Need Based Grants provide support for students facing financial barrier to studying abroad.  To be eligible, applicants must provide their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), as displayed on their FAFSA Student Aid Report.

Get more information on the CIEE Study Abroad Need Based Grants.


ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline:  April 26, 2018
Award Amount:  (30) $3,000

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) awards up to 30 scholarships of $3,000 each to 15 graduating high school seniors and 15 current college students.  Applicants must be women or minority students pursuing degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts, and be currently enrolled or accepted in a full-time accredited at a post-secondary education college or university.  Applicants must maintain a grade point average of 2.75 or above.

Get more information on the ESA Foundation Scholarship Program.


Optimist International Essay Contest Scholarship Program

Deadline:  October 1, 2017
Award Amount:  (1) $2,500

Optimist International serves local youth and communities with volunteer programs and scholarship opportunities.  Applicants must be youth under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 located in the U.S., Canada, or the Caribbean.  All applicants must contact their local Optimist Club be emailing programs@optimist.org.  The Essay Contest topic for this year is, “Can Society Function Without Respect?” 

Get the application for the 2017-2018 Optimist International Essay Contest.


Looking for other ways to finance your post-secondary education?  Check out our StudentChoice program to get access to additional resources such as educational webinars and interactive modules. 

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