Scholarships for average students prove that financial aid isn’t reserved only for valedictorians ranking at the top of their class with perfectly straight As. Ample funds have been created by companies and nonprofits to celebrate the worthy talents of learners who perhaps aren’t book-smart, high academic achievers.

The U.S. News reports that the average high school GPA is 3.1 for females and 2.9 for males. While average grades likely won’t get you accepted at Ivy League universities, many colleges conditionally accept a 2.0-2.5 GPA.

We believe that everyone deserves opportunity, so we’ve outlined the following 25 scholarships for average students that accept lower GPA ranges or forgo judging applicants by their grades entirely.

1. Anthony Garcia Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: April 7th

Named after the 18-year-old Brawley Union High School senior who lost his three-month battle with an aggressive cancer on Easter in 2011, the Anthony Garcia Foundation has awarded 170 scholarships for $35,000 total. Average students with a minimum passing GPA of 2.0 who are finishing high school in California’s Imperial Valley, including Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, El Centro, Holtville, and San Pasqual, can apply. Please submit a one-page essay outlining your future goals and educational plans.

Contact

Anthony Garcia Foundation Scholarships

417 W. Allen Street

Brawley, CA 92227

(760) 587-1319

AnthonyGarciaFoundation@gmail.com

Scholarship Link

2. AWeber Developing Futures Scholarship

Deadline: May 31st

Founded by CEO Tom Kulzer in 1998, AWeber Communications is a Pennsylvania-based email marketing firm that’s awarding the Developing Futures Scholarship for $2,500 annually without a GPA requirement. Full-time undergrads at accredited U.S. colleges who are majoring in business, marketing, advertising, communications, or related fields with average grades should consider applying. The easy application involves writing a 500-word essay or recording a three-minute video about the corporate importance of digital media.

Contact

AWeber Developing Futures Scholarship

1100 Manor Drive

Chalfront, PA 18914

(877) 293-2371

help@aweber.com

Scholarship Link

3. Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: September 8th

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) funds seven scholarships with average criteria, such as the $1,000 Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship that honors the fifth-generation nurseyman who was President of Herman Losely & Son, Inc. Suitable applicants must be enrolled full-time at Ohio colleges, attain sophomore to senior standing, major in landscape architecture or related horticultural fields, meet the minimum 2.25 GPA, and pursue careers working in the green industry.

Contact

Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship

2130 Stella Court

Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 487-1117

jenniferg@americanhort.org

Scholarship Link

4. Chickasaw Nation Higher Education Grant

Deadline: September 1st or February 1st

Located in Ada, the Chickasaw Nation Education Division offers the Higher Education Grant starting at $500 to financially bolster citizens of the federally recognized tribe. Eligible Native Americans must be matriculated for three or more credits at an accredited U.S. college or tribal school with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Average students could also claim the Textbook Grant, Degree Completion Incentive Award, or Johnson O’ Malley Scholarship.

Contact

Chickasaw Nation Higher Education Grant

300 Rosedale Road

Ada, OK 74820

(580) 421-7711

ChickasawFoundation@chickasaw.net

Scholarship Link

5. Conrad N. Hilton Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 1st

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation allocates $518,000 total each year for its 16 school-nominated scholarships. Unlike the other funds, the Conrad M. Hilton Memorial Scholarship will select average students with a minimum 2.0 GPA who are enrolled full-time in undergraduate hospitality management degrees. Recipients can earn $500 to $6,000 toward tuition at AHLEF-related schools, such as Michigan State, Niagara, Virginia Tech, Robert Morris, and Purdue.

Contact

Conrad N. Hilton Memorial Scholarship

1250 Eye Street NW, Suite 1100

Washington, DC 20005

(202) 289-3180

foundation@ahlef.org

Scholarship Link

6. David Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship

Deadline: April 4th

Ranked the 45th “Greatest TV Star of All Time” by TV Guide, David Letterman honors his alma mater, Ball State University, by providing this Telecommunications Scholarship to three students for $10,000, $5,000, and $3,333 apiece. Full-time sophomores and juniors with 30 to 102 credits completed for the TCOM major may apply. Grades aren’t considered; instead, judges review a creative audio, video, film, or interactive media project showing students’ promise in telecommunications.

Contact

David Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship

201 Ball Communication Building

Muncie, IN 47306

(765) 285-1480

welovetcom@bsu.edu

Scholarship Link

7. Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarships

Deadline: April 14th

Launched in 2011, the Denny’s Hungry for Education initiative has awarded nearly $1 million total to graduating high school seniors or college undergrads who legally reside in the United States and Puerto Rico. Average students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better can win $3,000 for tuition, books, and supplies at accredited two- or four-year institutions. Applying will require writing 300 to 500 words about how Denny’s can help combat childhood hunger.

Contact

Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarships

203 East Main Street

Spartanburg, SC 29319

(800) 733-6697

hungryforeducation@dennys.com

Scholarship Link

9. Frame My Future Scholarship Contest

Deadline: March 1st

Church Hill Classics hosts the Frame My Future Scholarship Contest annually to bestow $1,000 upon five college-bound high school seniors regardless of their GPA. Average students can get creative by crafting a creative photograph, collage, drawing, poem, or painting that artistically conveys their future aspirations. Interested legal U.S. residents who will attend college full-time this Fall must also attach a brief image description of 500 characters or less.

Contact

Frame My Future Scholarship Contest

594 Pepper Street

Monroe, CT 06468

(800) 477-9005

info@diplomaframe.com

Scholarship Link

10. Gilbert G. Pompa Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: July 3rd

The Gilbert G. Pompa Memorial Scholarship is one of the merit-based options only requiring a cumulative GPA above 2.5 for young Latino students through the ¬°Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund. Qualified candidates must be attending a public or private college in Texas, have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, hold 90+ credits, follow a pre-law curriculum in any major, actively engage in nonprofit community service, and submit one recommendation.

Contact

Gilbert G. Pompa Memorial Scholarship

8415 Datapoint Drive, Suite 400

San Antonio, TX 78229

(210) 692-1971

info@adelantefund.org

Scholarship Link

11. Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st

Without a minimum GPA requirement, the Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship has honored the 45th Governor of New York since 1964 by gifting $2,000 per year or $8,000 total from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Eligibility criteria only mandates being a U.S. citizen, enrolling or transferring to an accredited four-year college, displaying financial need, engaging in volunteer activities, and being committed to public service careers.

Contact

Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

99 Hudson Street, Suite 16

New York, NY 10013

(212) 219-1900

scholarships@naacpldf.org

Scholarship Link

12. Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarships

Deadline: June 15th

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. confers 1,020 Career & Technical Scholarships for $2,500 apiece to average students with any passing GPA who are entering a vocational certificate or degree program. Interested learners must have U.S. citizenship, be under age 30, finish a high school diploma or GED, receive the Federal Pell Grant, report family income below $55,000 and display resolve in overcoming adversity.

Contact

Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarships

99 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 320

Alexandria, VA 22314

(844) 422-4200

mweaver@horatioalger.org

Scholarship Link

13. Louis F. Bulechek Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 15th

The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend (CFGRB) administers nearly $400,000 yearly through over 35 funds, including scholarships for average students like the Louis F. Bulechek Memorial Scholarship. Offering up to $4,000, this program suits graduating high school seniors in a 17-county service area of Iowa and Illinois who are entering an accredited college full-time for a bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 GPA or greater.

Contact

Louis F. Bulechek Memorial Scholarship

852 Middle Road, Suite 100

Bettendorf, IA 52722

(563) 326-2840

scholarships@cfgrb.org

Scholarship Link

14. Lowe’s Gap Scholarship Program

Deadline: June 30th

Each summer, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund helps average students cover outstanding tuition balances with $500 to $3,100 from the Lowe’s Gap Scholarship Program. Eligible undergrads must be graduating college seniors, attend one of the 47 TMCF-member institutions, surpass the low GPA threshold of 2.0, and present a resume showing leadership abilities. Accepted colleges include Savannah State, Langston, Howard, Fort Valley State, Tuskegee, and more.

Contact

Lowe’s Gap Scholarship Program

901 F Street NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20004

(202) 652-2934

info@tmcf.org

Scholarship Link

15. National Junior Angus Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: May 1st

The National Junior Angus Foundation (NJAA) sponsors scholarships for average students ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 apiece based on their background in the beef cattle industry. Chosen Junior members must be graduating high school seniors or college undergrads, attend an accredited U.S. institution full-time, be 25 years old or younger, and possess a cumulative GPA over 2.0. Preference is given to students undertaking agricultural-related bachelor’s study.

Contact

National Junior Angus Foundation Scholarships

3201 Frederick Avenue

St. Joseph, MO 64506

(816) 383-5100

cstephens@angusfoundation.org

Scholarship Link

16. Odenza Vacations College Scholarship

Deadline: June 1st

Odenza Vacations, a California-based, Carnival Pinnacle Club Award-winning travel agency founded in 1998, sponsors a $500 scholarship annually to support the collegiate dreams of young adults between 17 and 24 years old. Average students studying at accredited, two- or four-year colleges in the United States or Canada with a 2.5 GPA or better could apply. Writing an original, coherent essay with less than 1,000 words about the benefits of college is required.

Contact

Odenza Vacations College Scholarship

4445 Eastgate Mall, Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92121

(866) 339-6006

ryan@studentscholarships.org

Scholarship Link

17. Paula E. Waters-Diamond in the Rough Scholarship

Deadline: May 25th

Since 2004, the Paula E. Waters-Diamond in the Rough Scholarship has been administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS) to present $1,000 to three African-American male high school seniors. Funding is intended for low-income, colored men with average GPAs between 2.0 and 2.9 who are entering higher education. Applications are only accepted from Montgomery, Prince George’s, Arlington, and Fairfax counties of the District of Columbia.

Contact

Paula E. Waters-Diamond in the Rough Scholarship

1321 Murfreesboro Pike, Suite 800

Nashville, TN 37217

(855) 670-4787

contactus@applyISTS.com

Scholarship Link

18. Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship

Deadline: May 31st

The National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park has earned sponsors like Wells Fargo to fund the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship in honor of The Real World star who tragically died from an AIDS-related illness in 1994. Without a GPA requirement, $5,000 awards are gifted to college students under age 28 who write a 1,500-word essay about their public service efforts to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Contact

Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship

P.O. Box 2270

San Francisco, CA 94126

(415) 765-0498

mkennedy@aidsmemorial.org

Scholarship Link

19. Raymond Anthony Brown Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 30th

Named after the New Jersey attorney who defended African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement, the Raymond Anthony Brown Memorial Scholarship presents at least $1,000 to financially needy minority students. To qualify, candidates must register full-time at an accredited two- or four-year college, have 20+ documented hours of volunteer service, sustain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, demonstrate leadership skills, receive the Pell Grant, and type a 100-word personal statement.

Contact

Raymond Anthony Brown Memorial Scholarship

P.O. Box 2724

Washington, DC 20013

(301) 429-3437

Scholarship Link

20. Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships

Deadline: January 18th

Since 1985, the 322 Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in 57 global countries have delivered college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 per year to deserving students with significant financial need. Four U.S. scholarships are available for African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian-American, and citizens of any ethnicity. General qualifications include being a high school senior, being younger than 21 years old, and documenting a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.7.

Contact

Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships

One Kroc Drive

Oak Brook, IL 60523

(866) 664-0236

RMHC@applyists.com

Scholarship Link

21. Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: March 1st

Another of the scholarships for average students managed by ISTS is the Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships, which have already awarded $16 million to over 4,500 graduating high school seniors in 42 states. Receiving up to $10,000 requires attending the Simon Youth Academy, being a legal U.S. resident, enrolling full-time at an accredited college or vocational school, being under 23 years old, and showing academic promise, but there isn’t a minimum GPA requirement.

Contact

Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships

225 W. Washington Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204

(800) 509-3676

syf@simon.com

Scholarship Link

22. State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarships

Deadline: March 2nd

Scholarship America receives up to 700 applications each year from 12th graders with average GPAs between 2.5 and 3.2 for the State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarships, which gift $5,000 maximum. Getting chosen among the 50 recipients requires being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, gaining admission at an accredited college or technical school, needing financial aid, and giving back in community service. Also consider the ThanksUSA Scholarship and Alfa Foundation Scholarship.

Contact

State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarships

One Scholarship Way

Saint Peter, MN 56082

(507) 931-1682

statefarm@scholarshipamerica.org

Scholarship Link

23. The VILLA “I Matter” Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 31st

The emerging urban lifestyle retailer VILLA started the “I Matter” Scholarship Program to provide $1,000 to $5,000 to average students living in metropolitan areas near their 120 stores in 10 states nationwide. Accepted applicants must anticipate completion of a high school diploma or GED, intend to study full-time in accredited U.S. undergrad programs, hold a cumulative GPA around 2.5, demonstrate financial need, and write a 500-word essay embracing self-love about their strengths.

Contact

The VILLA “I Matter” Scholarship Program

926 Arch Street, Floor 3R

Philadelphia, PA 19103

(844) 788-4552

scholarships@ruvilla.com

Scholarship Link

24. Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club Scholarships

Deadline: February 14th

Funded by Diane Whitt, the Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club awards scholarships of $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 annually to graduating high school seniors in Mississippi who will be entering musical programs. There’s no GPA requirement, so average students can wow judges by singing, dancing, or instrumentally playing any song by the “King of Rock and Roll.” After submitted YouTube and MP4 videos are reviewed, semi-finalists are selected for a live performance.

Contact

Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club Scholarships

101 S. Front Street

Tupelo, MS 38801

(662) 610-5301

bjmall@bellsouth.net

Scholarship Link

25. Waterlogic World Water Issue Scholarship

Deadline: April 30th

Approximately 2.7 billion people are affected by water scarcity globally, so Waterlogic created the World Water Issue Scholarship for $1,500 to generate strategies for water preservation. Regardless of GPA, average students who are entering or continuing at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution with 12+ months remaining can apply. Please submit an original, 500-word typed essay outlining one specific solution to our planet’s water scarcity crisis.

Contact

Waterlogic World Water Issue Scholarship

11710 Stonegate Circle

Omaha, NE 68164

(844) 681-9952

custserv@waterlogic.com

Scholarship Link

The NCES reports that 37.7 percent of undergrads in the United States receive non-federal scholarships and grants for a mean amount of $6,000. Although the statistic drops to 34 percent for average students with Bs and Cs, there’s plentiful opportunity for those who do their homework searching for scholarships. Along with these 25 scholarships for average students, look for more programs that award money based on your major, hobbies, service participation, essay writing, or religion rather than grades.

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