5 Scholarships with No GPA Requirement

PigMoneyDo you have less than stellar grades?  Writing essays for scholarship applications not your thing?  Is Athletic DNA not in your gene pool?  As it turns out, there are scholarships that are not impacted by these things.

Here are five scholarships that don’t require a good GPA (but you can still apply even if you have a good GPA).

1. College Prowler No Essay Scholarship

College Prowler offers college students or those planning on attending college in the next 12 months a $2,000 “No Essay” College Scholarship.  There is a monthly winner determined by random drawing which is announced on the College Prowler Facebook page.

This monthly scholarship requires you to fill out an online form with basic information about yourself like your name and birthday. You can apply every month for this scholarship, which is open to high school students, adults looking to return to school, current college. As with any online program, be sure to read their privacy policy to know what they do with the contact information you provide.

2. GotChosen Monthly $1,000 Scholarship

Register with GotChosen and enter the random drawing for the GotChosen’s $1,000 monthly scholarship. Open to both U.S. and international students over the age of 18, this scholarship doesn’t require a good GPA, essay or long form. Again, you are filling out an online form so sure to read the privacy policy before you click submit.

3. American Fire Sprinklers Association (AFSA) $20,000 Scholarship

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) offers ten awards amounting to $20,000 in scholarships to the 10 high school students (U.S. citizens or legal residents) whose names pop up in a drawing. To be eligible you have to read a six-page document on the fire sprinkler industry and take a ten-question multiple choice test. It’s open book and you get a chance to correct wrong answers. Each correct answer gives you an entry into the drawing.

4. Scholarships for Online Quizzes that Test Your Common Knowledge

One of the most unique scholarship formats out there belongs to the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation.  When it comes to no essay and no GPA, CKSF has you covered.  They provide online quizzes on a variety of topics.  You are scored on time and accuracy and your results are posted to their website.    but it seems obvious in the name — it’s not your GPA.

Unlike other scholarships, this is not a random drawing, however you do register by completing a profile just one time.  A CKSF account is good from high school all the way through graduate school and you can win more than once.  CKSF even has scholarships that parents can win and transfer to their kids.

5. Zinch’s weekly scholarship

Zinch is part of Chegg and they are all about helping students. Zinch’s $1,000 weekly scholarship is open to American high school or college students who are at least 16-years-old. This scholarship requires you to provide them basic information about yourself and answer a short essay question 280 characters or less – that’s like two Twitter posts (sorry about that – but really, 280 characters, hardly an essay!). The essay topic changes weekly and can apply once a week, every week.

There is still money out there available to you. Your historical academic performance doesn’t have to interfere with your future school funding. Be proactive, even if you have never been before.  Commit to completing for at least one of these scholarships each week.  More to come!