Your GPA is one of the main factors colleges and scholarship presenters look to when determining who’s eligible to either enter their institution or receive their funds. It’s a good idea to try to achieve the highest GPA you can, but sometimes, whether by life situations or things out of your control, it just doesn’t work out that way. Whatever the case may be, there are easy scholarships available to those who can at least hold a 2.5 GPA. Some require a little bit of work, but others are extremely simple and straight-forward. Browse through the list below and apply to as many of them as you can. Each scholarship is general and all-inclusive because I know how frustrating it can be when you find a list of achievable scholarships but are all State specific. Also, if you notice the deadlines have passed, just bookmark or save the scholarship info and check back next year.
2.5 Minimum GPA Scholarships
This scholarship encourages youth who are active in their community to apply. They solely desire to honor youth in middle and high schools across the country who have made noticeable changes in their community. Winners will receive $1,000 is scholarship money and a trip to Washington DC. If you’re under 14 and have logged in at lest 50 hours of community service (100 hours if older), then you’re a prime candidate for this scholarship. They break the awards down to Local Honorees, State Honorees and National Honorees. Local Honorees receive a Certificate of Achievement or a President’s Volunteer Service Award. State Honorees receive $1,000, a trip to Washington DC and an engraved silver medallion. National Honorees receive $5,000, a gold medallion, a trophy and an extra $5,000 to be given to an organization of their choice.
The Burger King® Scholars Program started back in 2000 and has since given $15.4 million dollars to students across North America. They have two Tracks that you could fall under: The General Track which is for anyone, and the Employee-Based Track which, of course, is for employees. The General Track eligibility requirements ask that you hold at least a 2.5 GPA, but the Employee-Based Track only requires a 2.0. In all, Burger King® offers four different amounts for the scholarship programs they offer. They have a basic $1,000 amount but an even more generous $5,000 award given to four individuals; a substantial $25,000 award and three $50,000 awards from their James W. McLamore WHOPPER™ Scholarship. The James W. McLamore Scholarship requires a 3.3 GPA and at least a 25 on the ACT or a combined SAT score o 1700.
This easy scholarship comes from educational authors Gen and Kelly Tanabe where judging is primarily based on the quality of the personal statement on the application (a 250 word essay). All they ask from you are a few questions that you’d respond via the form given, along with your contact information and you’re done. You’ll know you’ve won if you receive an email or mail notifying you. This website also provides helpful advice on locating more scholarships to save money on tuition.
This is a unique website that provides scholarships based on how active you are on the site. Simply register for an account and participate in the forums to receive enough votes to win the weekly scholarship. The amounts can range from $3,000 to $10,000 depending on engagement. The more active students are on the site, the higher the scholarship. Your goal is to have the most points at the end of a week, but they also award $1,000 to those who’ve been on the top ten for ten weeks. Whether you have a student loan that needs to be paid off or are just looking for ways to lower tuition, spending a sufficient amount of time on this site is well worth it. The reasoning behind their unique method of awarding scholarships is solely experimental. They want to give students a break from the traditional way of doing things and allow them a fresh way to receive money for school. Typically, your run-of-the-mill scholarship honors the elite (athletics, academics, etc), but instead they want to honor those who can stir passion from their peers by gaining the most votes based on forum activity.
The Samsung Scholarship only requires a 300 word essay or less answering the question: “How will technology enable the collaboration process in the future?”. They’ll award 10 students with $1,000 scholarships and the deadline is May 31. The application process is simple, all that’s required is that you be a high school student, have a teacher available to sponsor you and give Samsung the permission to use your photo and essay if you’re chosen as the winner.
GoCollege.com is a popular site that gives advice to students planning to attend a post-secondary institution. They have a simple and easy Lucky Draw Scholarship where they offer $250 each month to different students who offer suggestions on how to improve their site. It’s a small scholarship but it’s free money. Simply fill out the form that includes your name, GPA, major and college, and give them a few ideas on how you think they can enhance the usability of their site to students like yourself. And if you don’t win the first month, just keep applying each month until you do.
Twitter is a popular, quick and easy, way to connect with other people no matter where they are. With Twitter establishing itself as a pillar of American society, organizations and businesses are finding new ways to engage in philanthropic activities. In Dec of 2011, FreeToTweet.org was created to get the word out about a unique scholarship that encouraged youth 14 to 22 to tweet their appreciation of the First Amendment celebrating the 220th birthday of the Bill of Rights. Over 17,000 tweets were recorded using the #freetotweet hashtag in hopes of receiving the $5,000 prize money. Another Twitter Scholarship comes from CollegeScholarships.org awarding $1,400 to the winner and two $140 cash awards to the runners up. It simply asked that applicants Tweet on how the social institution, Twitter, could improve the world. Scholarships of this nature are obviously among the easiest, so it’s a wise move to be on the lookout each year.
This is another easy scholarship that only asks you to write in 250 words or less why you think you deserve to win the scholarship. Simple, right? Requires at least a 2.5 GPA and that you be a junior or senior in either high school or college. The amount is $500 and they offer awards each month. If you’ve won, you’ll be notified by either email or phone with the scholarship going directly to the college you’re enrolled. They have a list of previous winners of which you can read what they’ve written for inspiration. And although this is a simple scholarship, it’s a good idea to put enough effort into it worthy of the $500 prize given.
This is a unique scholarship from GraduationParty.com. Simply be graduating from any high school in the US with a 2.0 GPA or higher, have a graduation party in the works (of any size) and are enrolling to a post-secondary institution. They award $500 to two individuals that offer the best ideas on celebrating your graduation. Whether you have an idea on snacks, venues, decorations or anything related to your graduation party, submit your idea, in 100 words or less, by May 15th and on May 30th, one male and one female will be notified if they won. It’s all pretty straightforward. The website itself is a little busy so it might make it difficult to find the application, just click the link above and start thinking up ideas!
If you love the college you attend (or are planning to attend), express that in writing and you could earn a $1,000 scholarship from CenturyLinkQuote.com. Simply compose a 350-500 word essay expounding how your institution will contribute to your career path and post it on a blog or website. Then copy and paste the code they provide below your post and click ‘Apply’ to enter. The minimum GPA requirements for high school and college students is 2.5/4.0. High school students should also have taken either the ACT or SAT, be a senior and be planning to enroll at a 2 or 4-year college. The scholarship is due May 11 with winners selected on June 21.
Living a healthy lifestyle is important and so to promote and encourage students to be mindful of their health, FitnessExercises.tv is providing a hefty $5,000 scholarship to high school seniors or those in their first year in college. You just need to be under 25 years old to be eligible. Compose an essay in under a 1,000 word count answering “Why is a healthy lifestyle important in school?”. In addition, you need to “describe your career plans, goals and personal ambitions” in under 500 words. This scholarship began in 2008 and is in honor of Joan Whitworthe who was active in helping people live healthy lifestyles as a occupational therapist. The deadline is May 30th.
A $1,000 scholarship from StudentAwardSearch.com to students in their junior or senior of high school or are currently enrolled in any post-secondary institution. Simply answer the question “How your education has contributed to who you are today, or how it will affect who you will become” in under 1,000 words. The deadline is May 28 and although this isn’t merit-based, they are generally interested in what you plan on doing academically (what school you’re attending and any future plans related to academics). No transcript of grades or letters of recommendation required. Easy scholarships like these that ask open-ended or opinioned based questions are definitely ones to keep on your radar, so if the deadline has passed, be sure to check back next year.
This scholarship program awards $300 who are high school, undergraduate or graduate students that have maintained at least a 2.0 GPA. A short essay on why you feel you deserve the scholarship is required. Other than that the online application is pretty straightforward. This is a fairly modest award compared to other programs, but due to its simplicity it shouldn’t be a problems setting aside some time applying for the program. Be sure to check the site for the deadlines as they may vary.
This is an annual scholarship worth $500 to any eligible student who can best respond to the prompts found on the page. Only 200 words or less is required for this scholarship and the yearly deadline is on March 31. Simply give your best answer and they may also publish your response on their site. In order to be eligible you must be attending a four-year university/college in the United States.
This scholarship comes from the Manna Foundation and awards eligible students who have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA a $1,000 scholarship. All you have to do is fill out an online application and respond to an essay question describing your life’s journey. Be sure to emphasize any volunteer work or community service involvement.
This is a memorial scholarship worth $300 awarding students that have maintained at least a 2.0/4.0 GPA. It’s a monthly scholarship program that encourages eligible students to re-apply each month until they win. All that’s required is a short 250 word essay explaining why you believe you should be awarded this scholarship. Remember that grammar, punctuation and spelling are important.
This low GPA scholarship comes from Mvestor Media and despite its name is a program open to all legal residents of the United States. This easy scholarship is worth $500 and simply asks you to respond to the essay question given in 5,000 characters or less. Among being a US citizen, you also must be between 15 and 24 and be a full-time student in High School, College/University (Trade Schools and 2 Year Colleges are accepted) by the deadline of December 15.
This scholarship is open only to college students and will award five students in all. The top prize is $5,000 while the runners-up receive $1,000 each. All you have to do is answer the essay question in 800 words or less and complete the application by December 1.