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Scholarships for Average Students

What's wrong with average? Absolutely nothing - that's what!

Shawna Newman

February 08, 2021

These scholarships have zero GPA requirements. Even better, most of these don't require a long essay!
Scholarships for Average Students
There’s nothing wrong with being average, in fact, most people are. We know you’re unique in oh-so-many ways – so what if your grades are just so-so? At Fastweb, we believe – no, we know that every student deserves scholarship opportunities.

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The good news is that scholarship providers know that, too. There are plenty of awards available to the masses, many of which don’t even require a minimum grade point average! Check out the following scholarships for average students:

$1,000 February Scholarship

Deadline: 2/20/21
Available to: High School Freshmen to College Senior
Award Amount: $1,000
Each new school year is an opportunity for a fresh start, so we're giving away a $1,000 scholarship to help kickoff the new school year. Learn more about the $1,000 February Scholarship.

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Deadline: 2/20/21
Available to: Students up to the age of 18
Award Amount: Up to $10,000 The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors. You must have been active in promoting vegetarianism in your school and / or community; and have demonstrated compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet / lifestyle to be considered for this award. Learn more about the Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship.

Feburary 2021 Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes

Deadline: 2/28/21
Available to: Minimum Age 13
Award Amount: 2 Awards of $500 The Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes is open to registered Fastweb members who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and who are at least thirteen (13) years of age. You must log into your Fastweb account to obtain your personal referral link. For each person who registers for Fastweb via your personal referral link during the Promotion Period, you and your referral will entered as a pair into the monthly drawing. Learn more about the Feburary 2021 Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes.

$2,222 No Essay ‘You Deserve It’ Scholarship

Deadline: 2/28/21
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,222 The 'You Deserve It!' no-essay Scholarship from ScholarshipOwl awards $2,222 and takes only one minute to register. Without any further effort, you can apply to hundreds more scholarships automatically. Apply to scholarships without having to fill out repetitive application forms one application at a time. Why spend hours applying to one scholarship when you can apply to hundreds at the same time! On top of that, get automatically reapplied every time a scholarship renews. ScholarshipOwl is the only scholarship service helping you by automating the actual registration process for you. You can also get help from an account manager to help you with your applications, essays, and find more scholarships tailored for you. Don't wait, sign up now and be part of the future of scholarship applications today! Get more information on the $2,222 No Essay ‘You Deserve It’ Scholarship.

$2,000 Niche No Essay Scholarship

Deadline: 2/28/21
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,000 We know you are busy and we know that times are tough. That is why we decided to create the easiest possible scholarship to give something back to students. Students can use the money to help cover tuition, housing, meal plans, books, computers, or any education-related expenses. The scholarship is open to all high school and college students and those planning to enroll in the next 12 months. Get more information on the $2,000 Niche No Essay Scholarship.

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The $25,000 "Be Bold" No-Essay Scholarship

Deadline: 2/28/21
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $25,000 At Bold.org, we believe that the world will be shaped by the bold—the fighters, the risk-takers, the earnest overachievers who won’t take no for an answer—the ones who know that a mountain is climbed a step at a time. Bold.org is built for students, like you, who are determined to make the climb. Get more information on the The $25,000 "Be Bold" No-Essay Scholarship.

ScholarshipPoints $1,000 Scholarship

Deadline: 2/28/21
Available to: High School Juniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $25,000 ScholarshipPoints will award a $1,000 scholarship to one lucky member this quarter. All you have to do to become eligible is become a ScholarshipPoints member and log in. It's simple, fun, and completely free! Get more information on the ScholarshipPoints $1,000 Scholarship.

$1,000 Easy Scholarship: Ask a Grandparent or Older Adult to Share a Story

Deadline: 2/28/21
Available to: Maximum Age 25
Award Amount: $1,000 You could win an easy $1,000 scholarship by swapping stories with an older adult in your life to decrease isolation during COVID-19. Research shows that encouraging older adults to share their stories benefits the emotional, physical, and mental well-being of older adults, and leads to greater empathy and stronger connection with the listener (that's you!). Call or video chat with an older adult in your life (a grandparent, family member, friend, any older person you admire) and ask them to share a story from their life with you. You'll automatically earn verified volunteer hours, and you'll be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship! Learn more about the $1,000 Easy Scholarship: Ask a Grandparent or Older Adult to Share a Story.

Project Yellow Light Billboard Design Contest Scholarship

Deadline: 3/1/21
Available to: College Freshmen through Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000 The Project Yellow Light Billboard Design Contest Scholarship is available to high school juniors and seniors and full - time undergraduate students. To be considered, you must design a billboard advertisement that discourages distracted driving, specifically texting while driving. Learn more about the Project Yellow Light Billboard Design Contest Scholarship.

Anthem Essay Contest

Deadline: 4/29/21
Available to: High School Freshmen to Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000 The Anthem Essay Contest is open to students in 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade. You must submit an essay of between 600 and 1,200 words based on Ayn Rand's "Anthem" You must choose on one of the three topics provided on the sponsor's website. Essays will be judged on style and content. Get more information on Anthem Essay Contest .

Directing Change Student Film Contest

Deadline: 3/1/21
Available to: Maximum Age 25
Award Amount: $250 - $1,000 The Directing Change Student Film Contest is open to students between the ages of 12 and 25 in California. You must submit a film of no more than 60 seconds related to mental health and / or suicide prevention to be considered for this award. Get more information on Directing Change Student Film Contest.

Paradigm Challenge

Deadline: 5/01/21
Available to: Students up to the age of 18
Award Amount: Up to $100,000 The Paradigm Challenge is open to students up to the age of 18. You may work in a team or alone in creating an original and creative way to help solve real-life problems in homes, schools, communities, and/or around the world. Entries may come in the form of posters, videos, inventions, messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help save lives. Additionally, you must submit a brief statement of your idea (140 characters or less) in order to qualify for this award. Learn more about the Paradigm Challenge.

ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship

Deadline: 3/15/21
Available to: Minimum Age 18
Award Amount: $10,000 ScholarshipPoints will award a $10,000 scholarship to one lucky member this quarter. All you have to do to become eligible is become a ScholarshipPoints member and log in. It's simple, fun, and completely free! Get more information on the ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship.

Because College is Expensive Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/21
Available to: High School Juniors through College Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $500 The $500 “Because College is Expensive” Scholarship is open to students in their junior or senior year in high school, current undergrads and grad students, as well as those planning on enrolling within 12 months. The winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly and announced on the Scholarship Winners page. One entry per person is all that is necessary. Learn more about the Because College is Expensive Scholarship.

$2,500 Christian College Scholarship Drawing

Deadline: 5/31/21
Available to: High School Freshmen through Juniors
Award Amount: $2,500 Request Christian college information and enter our $2,500 annual Christian college scholarship drawing. The winner may use the scholarship to attend any Christian college in the U.S. or Canada. The drawing is open to high school freshman, sophomores and juniors (students graduating in 2022). Learn more about the $2,500 Christian College Scholarship Drawing.
Archways To Opportunities Program
Deadline: Varies
Available to: No Age Limit
Award Amount: Varies The Archways To Opportunities Program is open to restaurant managers, office staff, and crew members employed by participating McDonald’s Franchise Owner / Operators in the United States. You must be working an average of 20 hours per week to be eligible for this award Get more information on the Archways To Opportunities Program.
Prom Pics Contest
Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Juniors through High School Seniors
Award Amount: $250 The Prom Pics Contest is open to high school students. To be eligible, you must submit a high resolution photo from your prom event. Prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories: promposal, pre-prom, prom dance, and post-prom. Get more information on the Prom Pics Contest.

American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest


Deadline: Varies
Amount: Up to $18,000
Ages: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors The National High School Oratorical Contest is open to junior high and high school students who are under the age of 20 and citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. You must prepare an oration on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. A complete list of topics are available on the Legion's Web site. Each individual state winner certified into and participating in the first round of the national contest receives an additional $1,500 scholarship. Get more information on the American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest.

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000
The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest is available to high school seniors who demonstrate talent in duck calling. You must participate in a duck calling contest in Stuttgart, Arkansas to be considered for this award. Get more information on the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest.

David Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Juniors through Seniors
Award Amount: $10,000
The David Letterman Scholarship was established by David Letterman in 1985 to provide scholarships for telecommunications students at Ball State University. The awards are intended for average students who nevertheless have a creative mind. Winners are selected primarily based on creativity. Projects may involve a variety of media, including written work, research, audio, video, graphics and film. Get more information on the David Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship.

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