Scholarships for Low GPAs

Last year, I started to read a book online using Overdrive (read it through my cell phone, an app that the Nashville Public Library uses).

The name of the book was The “C” Students Guide to Scholarships by Felecia Hatcher. I was impressed so much that I decided to buy the book itself.  Felecia Hatcher was an average student in high school, her grades “[fluctuating] between a 2.1 and a 2.7” (5).  Despite this, she amassed over $120,000 in “free money” to pay for college (6).

This got me thinking, so I went googling, using the search terms “scholarships for 2.0 GPA 2017.”

Here are a few I found.


$1,000 American Fire Sprinklers Association (AFSA) –five are available—opens April 12, 2017 to August 30, 2017.

From webpage: “Open to citizens and aliens legally residing in the USA with High School Diploma, GED or equivalent.

Winner must be enrolled for Spring 2018 session

Relatives of AFSA staff or NATIONAL board members may not enter.”


USA TODAY COLLEGE article, “5 scholarships that don’t require a Great GPA”


American Veterans Scholarships—open to demographics below

From webpage:

Three specific to Veterans, Active Duty, Guard/Reserves:

  • $4,000 The AMVETS Scholarship
  • $12,000 Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship
  • $1,000 Henry G. Huestis Memorial Scholarship

Two specific to children/grandchildren of Veterans, Active Duty, Guard/Reserves who are currently High School seniors, 2016-2017:

  • $4,000 AMVETS Scholarship
  • $1,000 JROTC Scholarship (must be in High School JROTC to apply)”

Deadline for scholarships above is May 1, 2017.


Shawn Carter/Jay Z Foundation Scholarship

Opens April 1, 2017

Deadline: April 30, 2017

From webpage: “All high school seniors, students with GED diplomas, undergraduate (2yr or 4yr) college students, and students at vocational or trade schools who meet the requirements below are eligible.

US citizen or Permanent Resident
25 years old or younger
Minimum 2.0 GPA”


I found the American Veterans Scholarships and the Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship in the list above.

There are higher GPA requirements on some of these scholarships, so if you have a higher GPA, it is worth a look.

I just used Ctrl+F  and searched for 2.0 (Ctrl=F allows you to search terms on a webpage or a Word document) to find 2.0 scholarships on this page.

Some of the links don’t work, so you might have to google those scholarships you found with dead links.

These are just a few of the scholarships (it does require some digging beyond the initial listing), so why don’t you try and use Google, Bing, and Yahoo to search for “scholarships for 2.0 GPA” or “scholarships for college students with a low GPA.”


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