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Scholarships Aren't Just for "A Students" Anymore

Traditionally, scholarships encompass terms such as "merit" and "need", but there are more factors included. Students are often unaware of the many non-academic scholarships available and presume their chances at winning scholarships are low if they didn’t receive good grades in high school. Though academics are a crucial area for consideration, it does not mean you have zero chance to find money for college without such qualifications. Though your chances are increased if you do happen to belong to three or four clubs, boast a 4.0 cumulative GPA, or ace the ACT or SAT, these are not the only criteria.

Naturally, there are the unusual scholarships such as one for being left-handed. For those planning to attend Juniata College in Huntington, Pennsylvania, there is an exclusive scholarship for being left-handed. The Duck Brand duct tape contest has no GPA requirement, offers a $2,500 grand prize, and is fun! But if you do not like Pennsylvania or sticky residue, you have other options. There are many other non-academic scholarship awards out there, and you or your child/student could very well qualify for multiple awards. Below are several types of scholarships that don’t necessarily favor the valedictorian.

Talent: The new brain

Can you draw? Dance? Sing? There are quite a few non-academic college scholarships available to creatively-inclined individuals. Some may have a minimum GPA, which are not difficult to achieve. There are art scholarships for almost every discipline of art- from drawing to vocals, some scholarships may simply request videos for auditions.

Write your own ticket

Essay scholarships could prove rewarding. Scholarships grant $500 to $5,000 for book analysis and some don’t even require reading the book. Most scholarships essay contests do not have a GPA requirement, nor are they concerned with the famous three-letter acronyms (ACT, SAT). As a matter of fact, the Scholarships.com Resolve To Evolve Scholarship does not have any GPA, SAT, or ACT requirements and you could win up to $3,000 with your scholarship essay . Even without being the top winner, you could win $2,000 or be one of five $1,000 winners. Conduct a free scholarship search at Scholarships.com to see if you qualify.

Apply for an "Area of Study" Scholarship

There ample scholarships for students interested in a particular major, from Art to Technology. Though it could never hurt to have a perfect 4.0, you still may have a chance at thousands of dollars in free financial assistance, or maybe even a full-ride scholarship. For example, Scholarships.com awards 13 different $1,000 Area of Study College Scholarships each year- a written 250-300 word essay is the sole requirement. Put in your best effort—make a case to the scholarship provider and demonstrate why you are the best candidate for your given field.

Employers may pay more than just your salary

Often, a scholarship will be available exclusively to employees, children, or companies such as Kraft. Also, there are scholarships for particular trades and services, such as the police force or steel workers. Corporate scholarships often feature generous awards and requirements that can be met by the average person, and are worth the quick application.

Location, Location, Location

Sometimes, your zip code or high school may qualify you for a non-academic scholarship. There are a number of local scholarships available exclusively to those living in specific areas or attending specific high schools. If there is one for your city, county, or school, it will be in your search results at Scholarships.com.

All of the above types of non-academic scholarships will appear in your search results when you conduct a free scholarship search online at Scholarships.com. We ask the most pertinent questions possible in an approximately ten-minute session, so that you will see which scholarships are available to you with little effort. The more complete and accurate the information you supply, the more accurate and complete your search results. You may be pleasantly surprised to see how many scholarships you are eligible for.

Allied Van Lines Scholarship
Application Deadlines: September 01, Annually
At Allied Van Lines, we believe that educational quality is key in fostering a nationwide network of skilled professionals for years to come. Because of this belief, we are proud for the opportunity to offer our first annual Logistics Scholarship to a number of qualifying students who choose to enter.
Students submit a brief essay of between 400 and 800 words, detailing why a career in [...] More

Future Leaders of IT Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
The Future Leaders of IT Scholarship is open to high school seniors and college students pursuing a career in information engineering, information management (or related academic discipline). Scholarships include $2,000 USD payable to your academic institution on your behalf. Applicants must supply:

-Most recent high school or college transcripts
-Three letters of recommendations from [...] More

Joseph Ayala Scholarship for Young Artists
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
FIRSTheatre is pleased to offer the Joseph Ayala Scholarship for Young Artists to current high school students (juniors or seniors) who are actively involved in their school drama department. FIRSTheatre will award one scholarship (nonrenewable) to the student who is able to demonstrate how their participation in their school performing arts program has prepared them to pursue their higher [...] More

Kinnett Scholarships for College/Further Education
Application Deadlines: April 08, Annually
Since 2005, the Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) Foundation has been helping to make the dream of college a reality for many students. The Kinnett Scholarship for College/Further Education, aimed at graduating seniors from NSSED-affiliated high schools, grants $1,000 scholarships to:

-Special Education students pursuing further education through college, vocational school, [...] More

Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 02, Annually
Dedicated to the continuing legacy of AIDS educator and activist Pedro Zamora, the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship Program (Scholarship) seeks to support the academic efforts of emerging young leaders who share Pedro’s passionate commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Soon after learning that he was living with HIV at age 17, Pedro dedicated his life to raising public awareness [...] More

Tukwila City of Opportunity Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The City of Tukwila Scholarship Program was established in 2014. The mission of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to high school seniors enrolled for undergraduate study in community colleges, colleges, trade schools and universities. The City of Tukwila Scholarship Program principally targets two and four-year academic programs; however, certificate/licensing programs are also [...] More

Tupelo Elvis Fan Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 14, Annually
Eligibility:
-You must be a resident of Mississippi and enrolled as a senior at a Mississippi High School graduating in 2016.
-You must sing, dance or play a musical instrument and submit a performance MP4 video for review by the selection committee. If chosen as semi-finalist, you will be invited to perform live at the Finale to be held in Tupelo, [...] More

Last Edited: March 2016

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