Senior hospitality major Hannah Long shows off her new bulk of free cash. 



Who does not like free money? If you are looking for extra ways to pay for college, I have some options for you. Here are some unique scholarships that you have not heard of before. You can get paid for being a vegetarian, gamer or even just applying to other scholarships. Why not write a quick statement if you can get a check for it. 

  • North Carolina Reach scholarship

    • This is a state-funded scholarship offered to qualified applicants for up to four years of undergraduate study at a North Carolina public university and community college. To be eligible for this scholarship you must be a North Carolina resident, enrolled in at least six credit hours, adopted from North Carolina Division of Social Services (DSS) foster care after the age of 12, or  aged out of North Carolina DSS foster care at age 18. You can also be eligible if you exited from foster care to a permanent home through guardianship with the support of the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program. You may start applying online on their website, after July 1, after completing high school or receiving your GED. 

  • Vegetarian Resource Group scholarship

    • The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. To apply you must complete the application on their website or answer the questions and provide an essay in a neat letter that then will be mailed to their P.O. box. One $10,000 scholarship will be awarded, along with two $5,000 scholarships, sent directly to the students’ school of choice. 

  • Doodle 4 Google scholarship

    • This scholarship by Google is for the artist of the group. To apply for this award, you must submit a doodle illustrating the search engine name using any materials you can think of. You can submit your doodle on their website. Students must also include a doodle description that includes an explanation of your design and what your inspiration was. One winner will be picked based on their design and creativity. They will be awarded a $30,000 scholarship, have their designed feature on Google and receive fun items such as swag gear and merchandise.

  • Gamers Helping Gamers scholarship

    • Calling all gamers! Gamers Helping Gamers is a charitable organization founded to help others who enjoy the fantasy trading card game “Magic: The Gathering”. Gamers whose lives have been impacted by the game are eligible to apply for a $5,000 scholarship to help with secondary-education fees. According to their website, applicants can apply by submitting a personal statement on "(a) your background in magic, the role magic has had in your life, and why you would be a good recipient; and (b) your future academic and career goals.” To find more information and apply for this scholarship, go to their website.

  • Scholarship4Moms

    • This scholarship was created by mothers for mothers who are looking for financial relief to continue their education while going through motherhood. Applicants must be a mother or expectant mother when they apply to receive funding. A reward of $5,000 will be rewarded to the winners. To apply, applicants will be required to submit a statement on how they would use the reward and how it would help them further their education. The application and more information can be found on their website.

  • Tattoo Journal Ink scholarship

    •  This scholarship is offered to students who have the drive and ambition to succeed. Applicants are required to submit a 1000-1500 word essay about “Behind the Ink: Myth or Reality” that will be judged on creativity, strong writing efficiency and powerful logic. Scholarships totaling $3,500 will be awarded to the top three essay writers. You must submit your essay to and the winner will be announced in October. Check out their website for more information.

    • This is a unique scholarship that is given out by to students who can simply prove that they have applied for other scholarships. They are rewarding students $500 for trying to prevent debt before it starts. To apply, fill out as many other scholarship applications that you can, send them proof of those completed applications (even if you do not win), then write them a short letter about yourself. Your letter should include things about you and how the money would benefit you and your future endeavors. After doing this you can possibly get paid for just filling out other applications. Check out their website for more information.

    • Burger King scholarship

      • This scholarship is awarded to eligible students based on grade point averages through the Burger King Scholars Program. Scholarships range from $1,000 up to $50,000. To be eligible you must be able to show financial need for college, have at least a 2.0 GPA and plan to enroll as a full-time student, uninterrupted for the school year. It is open to all majors and degrees. More information can be found on their website.


    All these scholarships are good options for anyone looking for a little extra cash for college. You should try to apply for as many as you can because you never know which ones you may get, even if it is a small amount. 


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