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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 18 scholarships that are more focused or quirky than most. The awards range from $200 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.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

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• Award: $500 - $10,000
• Description: Applicants must write an essay on the topic of political courage.
• Deadline: January 6th
Administered by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
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Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

• Award: $10,000
• Description: Applicants must create a photo, artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card.
• Deadline: January 15th
Administered by the Gallery Collection
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C-SPAN’s StudentCam Documentary Competition

• Award: $250 - $5,000
• Description: Applicants must create a short documentary that illustrates why the US Constitution is important to them.
• Deadline: January 20th
Administered by C-SPAN
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National Peace Essay Contest for High School Students

• Award: $1,000 - $10,000
• Description: Applicants must write an essay on a topic related to conflict resolution and peace.
• Deadline: February 3rd
Administered by the United States Institute of Peace
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John Lennon Scholarship

• Award: $5,000 - $10,000
• Description: Applicants must submit a song with original words and music.
• Deadline: February 7th
Administered by BMI Foundation, Inc.
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Davidson Fellows Scholarships

• Award: $10,000 - $50,000
• Description: Applicants must have completed a significant piece of work in one of the following categories: Mathematics, Science, Literature, Music, Technology, Philosophy, or Outside the Box.
• Deadline: February 12th
Administered by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development
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Courageous Persuaders Scholarship

• Award: $250 - $3,000
• Description: Applicants must create a TV commercial to warn others about the dangers of underage drinking.
• Deadline: February 12th
Administered by Courageous Persuaders
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Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

• Award: $5,000
• Description: Applicants must be vegetarians who have promoted vegetarianism in their school and/or community. Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.
• Deadline: February 20th
Administered by the Vegetarian Resource Group
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Optimist International Essay Contest Scholarships

• Award: $2,500
• Description: Applicants must write an essay about how their positive outlook leads to success.
• Deadline: February 28th
Administered by Optimist International
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ASEV Scholarship Program

• Award: Varies
• Description: Applicants must be pursuing a course of study in a science basic to the wine and grape industry.
• Deadline: March 1st
Administered by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture
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