Show your commitment for community service and earn this $10,000 grant

Students don’t have to have an excellent academic record to get grants

Even if you haven’t excelled in college or high school, you can still get your higher education funded

Students of distance learning or traditional program often wonder – if you don’t have an A average is there a chance you’ll be able to get a scholarship? Those enrolled in offline or online college classes usually have to worry about finding alternative ways to pay for college. Funding is one of these ways, but most scholarships often have a high GPA requirement.

Fortunately for those striving to get funding for their distance learning or traditional program, not all scholarships focus on high grades. Some sponsors believe excellence in a non-academic area is just enough to earn a student a scholarship.

Such programs might be offered by non-academic institutions that might include your employer or your parent’s employer, your place of worship, hobbyist group, local business, community service organization or unions.

For example, you can pay for your offline or online college classes by applying to the Tylenol Future Care Scholarship. This program targets students who are pursuing careers in healthcare, life science and other related fields.

The scholarship is awarded based on demonstrated leadership qualities and community involvement. While your college GPA will be used to decide which students will receive the grant, there’s no minimum GPA requirement to submit your application.

The Tylenol Future Care Scholarship program also require candidates to submit an essay on a given topic. 10 grants each worth $10,000 will be awarded annually, as well as 30 scholarships each worth $5,000 – but note they are not renewable.

This is a large grant, so you can expect the competition to be fierce. That’s why if you don’t have a strong leadership record and a history of being involved in community activities, it’s best you skip this program. Also take into consideration that the bigger your GPA, the more chance you have at getting accepted.

If you did some volunteering here and there, you can put this experience to good use by applying to the Prudential Spirt of Community Award for a chance to win $1,000 and a trip to Washington D.C. The Prudential Foundation will select an awardee in each state, which will then go on to compete for $5,000 awards.

In order to be eligible to enter the competition, you need to submit your application. After you filled out all the information, you’ll have to get it certified by your school principal or head of a country 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or Affiliate of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Award is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The program has been available since 1995 to help students who have been active volunteer secure funding for college.

So even if you are not a straight A student, there are plenty of other opportunities for you provided you have a passion or have been engaged with an activity of some sort (like volunteering) for a while now.

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