Scholarships for Students Who Love to Collect Things

Got a cool collection you love to brag about? Well, that passion can actually win you scholarship awards! Here are a few great opportunities for gift aid based on your love of collecting!

ANA College Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: March 13, 2020

Coin collections.

Flickr user Paul L Dineen

Let’s start off with a classic collection item: coins! These metallic forms of currency are used throughout the world and are often considered slices of history. The American Numismatic Association aims to award two lucky numismatists (currency collectors) a scholarship for tuition, books, or supplies.

To be eligible, students must submit two letters of recommendation, have at least a 3.0 GPA, be a US citizen and graduating high school senior, and be a member of the ANA.

UFDC Scholarship Fund

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 1

A bunch of hanging dolls in doll exhibit main library.

Flickr user Phillip Pessar

The United Federation of Doll Clubs is all about the history, understanding, and appreciation of dolls from all eras. The UFDC hosts 4 scholarships, each relating to some aspects of the timeless toy:

  • The Dorothy and Evelyn Jane Coleman Scholarship for the Study of Antique Dolls
  • The Nancy Carlson Scholarship for the Study of Composition Dolls and
  • The Becky Wallace Scholarship Fund for the Study of Modern and Collectible Dolls
  • The Virginia Gordon and Atha Kahler Scholarship Fund for Costuming Dolls

Eligible students must have a passion for the study of dolls, submit and complete a research project, and create a publishable report (article, video, etc.) for their project.

Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition

Amount: $1,000; $500

Deadline: March 6, 2020


A pile of books with the top book open.

Specific to Washington University, the Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition encourages students to read and grow their personal library. For those attending Washington University and have a wide variety of books in their personal library, definitely consider applying.

Interested students must submit a two- to four-page essay based on a provided prompt and a sample bibliography of their books. The competition does not judge based on the worth or size of your library; rather, it judges based on the variety and breadth of your books.

And when scholarships aren’t enough, you’ll need to find the right student loan for you. Use College Raptor’s free Student Loan Finder to compare lenders and interest rates side by side!

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