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Scholarships for Average Students

While many scholarships award outstanding academic, musical or athletic talent, there are ample scholarship opportunities for average students from every walk of life are available. Scholarships are financial gifts; many given by sponsors who made it big after college and created funds for students who were among the untalented, uncoordinated, and unqualified in their class. Such sponsors know what it's like to be underestimated and they want to give such 'average' students a chance at attending college.

Not every student is fated to find wild success in the world of academia; nonetheless, plenty of students are able to succeed in the real world. Scholarship providers are often companies, individuals, or non-profit organizations who have benefited from the contributions of both the average and the extraordinary individual. In turn, they award scholarship money to students with unique talents, special interests, odd habits, and the like. Your unusual hobbies may not have earned you a 4.0 GPA, but they might still aid you when it comes to winning scholarships.

Scholarship opportunities for average students are changing the face of college campuses which are no longer reserved just for the straight-laced academic. On the contrary, most campuses now boast an eclectic body of students from various ethnic, social, and political backgrounds. Opportunities for average students have increased as both traditional and weird scholarship offers begin to open the doors of higher education for a greater variety of students.

Unique scholarship opportunities for average students available right here on Scholarships.com. All you need to do to find them is to conduct a scholarship search. From there, you'll be able to see scholarship information for countless awards that don't require you to be a star quarterback or a rocket scientist, but that will pay for school all the same. So search for scholarship opportunities for average students or fill out a scholarship application for one of the awards listed below. You might discover that you're not-so-average after all. Regardless of your individual grades, passions, physical height, or predilection for dressing in suits made of silver tape, there is bound to be a scholarship opportunity for you somewhere. Below are some examples of scholarships for average students.

Future Leaders of IT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2017
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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 payable to your academic institution on your behalf.

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

Joseph Ayala Scholarship for Young Artists

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2018
  • Amount: $200
  • 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 Deadline: 4/8/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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

Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • The Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship awards $500 to the most outstanding applicant who displays a passion, understanding, and appreciation of international relations, cultural awareness, and the impact pioneers for positive change. Students must demonstrate an unwavering commitment to freedom, a devotion to excellence, and an unbridled enthusiasm for [...] More

Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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. The scholarship is open to all current high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores and juniors (ages 27 and [...] More

Tukwila City of Opportunity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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 Deadline: 2/14/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Applicants must be a resident of Mississippi and enrolled as a senior at a Mississippi high school and must sing, dance or play a musical instrument. To enter, you must submit a performance MP4 video for review by the selection committee. If chosen as a semi-finalist, you will be invited to perform live at the Finale to be held in Tupelo, Mississippi on a date to be announced. You must be able to [...] More

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