Scholarships

Scholarships for Average Students

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

Shawna Newman

August 03, 2020

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. 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:

MarvelOptics.com Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 8/15/20
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,500 The MarvelOptics.com Scholarship Essay Contest is available to full-time students enrolled at an accredited four-year university or college. You must submit a response to the following prompt "Helen Keller said, "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." What does that mean to you?" on your preferred social media platform in order to be considered for this award. Learn more about the MarvelOptics.com Scholarship Essay Contest.

$1,000 August Scholarship

Deadline: 8/20/20
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 August Scholarship.

$5,000 Nitro Scholarship

Deadline: 8/31/20 Available to: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $5,000 Nitro College will award $5,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account profiles required. Learn more about the $5,000 Nitro Scholarship.

August 2020 Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes

Deadline: 8/31/20
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. Get more information on the August 2020 Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes.

$2,000 Niche No Essay Scholarship

Deadline: 8/31/20
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.

$1,000 You Deserve It Scholarship

Deadline: 8/31/20
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000 The 'You Deserve It!' no-essay Scholarship from ScholarshipOwl awards $1,000 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 $1,000 You Deserve It Scholarship.

A Voice For Cats” Essay Contest Scholarship

Deadline: 12/31/20
Available to: High School Freshmen to College Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000 The “A Voice For Cats” Essay Contest Scholarship is open to students who are entering or currently enrolled in college. You must have a background volunteering or working at n animal rescue organization for at least 20 hours and submit an essay of between 300 and 500 words on feline welfare and the humane treatment of cats in order to be considered for this award. Get more information on A Voice For Cats” Essay Contest Scholarship.

Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

Deadline: 9/30/20
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000 The Don't Text and Drive Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students. You must be U.S. citizen or legal resident and complete a short statement on why you pledge not to text and drive in order to qualify for this award. Learn more about the Don't Text and Drive Scholarship.

Good Tidings Community Service Scholarship

Deadline: 11/06/20
Available to: Maximum Age 25
Award Amount: $2,500 The Good Tidings Community Service Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors from the Greater Bay Area. You must demonstrate extraordinary community service accomplishments to be eligible for this award. Preference is given to students who demonstrate financial need. Learn more about the Good Tidings Community Service 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.

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.
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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