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Are you a taxidermist? An aspiring enologist or flower show judge? Are you good at designing greeting cards? Do you conduct scientific experiments for fun? With thousands and thousands of scholarships out there, you'll find one for nearly every interest and type of person. This list presents information on 36 scholarships that are more focused or quirky than most. The awards range from $50 to $50,000. For each scholarship, you'll find links to additional information at Cappex.com, an excellent website that provides free college and scholarship matching services.

AACT’s John Kitt Memorial Scholarship

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• Award: $5,000
• Description: Applicants must be interested in confectionery technology. 
Administered by the American Association of Candy Technologists
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Alert Scholarship

• Award: $500 
• Description: Applicants must write an essay about a personal encounter with drug and/or alcohol abuse.
Administered by Alert Magazine
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American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship Program

• Award: varies
• Description: Applicants must be pursuing a course of study in a science basic to the wine and grape industry. 
Administered by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture
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ASF Olin Fellowship

• Award: $1,000 - $3,000
• Description: Applicants must be looking for solutions to current problems in Atlantic salmon biology, management, and conservation. 
Administered by the Atlantic Salmon Federation
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Beans for Brains Scholarship

• Award: $2,250
• Description: Applicants must know how to knit or crochet.
Administered by Jimmy Beans Wool
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Bob Gurnsey Scholarship Awards

• Award: $500 - $2,500
• Description: Applicants must be current paintball players. 
Administered by the Paintball Scholarship Fund
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C-SPAN’s StudentCam Documentary Competition

• Award: $1,000 - $3,000  
• Description: Applicants must create a short documentary about a given theme related to political issues.  
Administered by C-SPAN
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Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

• Award: $500 - $2,000
• Description: Applicants must participate in a duck calling contest.  
Administered by the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce
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Copyright Awareness Scholarship

• Award: $5,000
• Description: Applicants must submit a creative video presentation that would be used to educate their peers on the importance of intellectual property and copyright law.
Administered by the Music Publishers Association
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Courageous Persuaders Competition

• Award: $250 - $3,000 
• Description: Applicants must create a TV commercial to warn others about the dangers of underage drinking.
Administered by Courageous Persuaders
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