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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.

Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • 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

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Harvard Revokes Parkland Shooting Suvivor's Admissions Offer

June 18, 2019

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

Harvard revoked more admissions offers - this time involving 10 students who participated in a Facebook group called "Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens." Jokes about abusing children and the Holocaust and insulting comments about different racial and ethnic groups were found in the group, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Earlier this month, Harvard also rescinded an admission offer to Kyle Kashuv who, when he was 16 years old, used inflammatory and racist language, including the N-word, right before the Parkland shooting at his school, Stoneman Douglas High School. The shootings have since "changed him and made him more mature," he claims. Kashuv became famous for his conservatism, pro-gun and pro-Trump activism which he believes, represent a different view on how to prevent future, like tragedies.

In a recent Twitter post, he apologized for his past comments and stated that, "We were 16-year-olds making idiotic comments, using callous and inflammatory language in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible...I'm embarrassed by it, but I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I've become in the years since." Shortly thereafter, Harvard looked into his case and eventually revoked his admissions offer. Though university personnel appreciate his "candor and expressions of regret," Harvard "takes seriously" the "qualities of maturity" and of "character" of the students it admits. Despite appealing the revocation, Kashuv was turned down. In his defense, Kashuv argues that, "throughout its history, Harvard's faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and anti-Semites. If Harvard is suggesting that growth isn't possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is an inherently racist institution. But I don't believe that. I believe that institutions and people can grow. I've said that repeatedly." In your opinion, should Kashuv have had his admissions offer revoked based on something he did when he was 16? Why or why not? [...]

Wiccan Prof Sues Catholic University Over Alleged Discrimination

June 11, 2019

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

A Wiccan Professor at St. Bonaventure sued the university and her alma mater for discrimination, alleging that she was not allowed to advance in her career because she is a woman and a witch. The reported discrimination began around Halloween in 2011, after she was asked to conduct an interview about her Wiccan beliefs with the university's student TV station, SBU-TV. [...]

LGBTQ Scholarships for Pride Month

June 6, 2019

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month this June, Scholarships.com is recognizing the success of, and providing financial aid resources to the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer community and its allies through featured LGBTQ scholarships. These colorful LGBTQ scholarships are not only intended for those who identify as LBTQ or are questioning, but are available to LGBTQ parents and allies, as well. Below is a preview of LGBTQ scholarships that were created to provide economic mobility and equality for LGBTQ students and allies who may face unique challenges on their educational journeys. For even more LGBTQ scholarships, Parent LGBTQ scholarships or LGBTQ Ally scholarships, visit here. [...]

Last Reviewed: June 2019

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