$3,000 in Scholarships—Essays requiring no GPA

Many people believe that you must have a high GPA to receive a lot of scholarships.

The truth is, you don’t. Many scholarships don’t require a GPA at all. They are more based on a skill you can show off, like drawing or writing or composing music or creating a video.

Felecia Hatcher, author of The C Students Guide to Scholarships, received over $130,000 in scholarships and grants in free money for college, mostly by pursuing these types of scholarships for creatives.

Here are three scholarships that require only writing an essay. Remember, if you are a TSU student/staff/faculty, you can receive help from the TSU Writing Center.

  1. https://www.renthop.com/college_scholarship

 $1,000 RentHop Apartment Scholarship, D: Aug. 31, 2020

 From webpage:

“You must be a current student in an eligible undergraduate program or a graduating high school senior, working towards a bachelor’s degree or associates degree.

To apply, submit an essay under 500 words that concisely answers the question:

Covid-19 has drastically impacted the world and will continue to change how society views our home as a place of living, working, and studying. What was your most memorable experience during the 2020 pandemic, and how has it changed your education, career, and life plans?

  1. https://www.jonestshirts.com/pages/scholarship

$1,000 JonesTshirts.com Love Your Career Scholarship, D: Sept. 10, 2020


“Essay Requirements

1) 1000 words or more (no more than 3000).

2) At the top of your essay, write your full namephone numberemail address and the name of the school you will be attending.

3) Outline at least 3 steps that you plan to take in the next year to start a path towards having a career that you love. As you think of these steps, consider some of these ideas; What are your passions that could be turned into a career? What are some ideas you have for a business based on things that you love and are skilled at? We want to hear unique, well thought out ideas. Make us believers. Make us excited. Make your essay stand out!

4) Interview a professional in the field that you are looking into and that has at least 3 years of experience in that field.

Ask them at least 3 of the following questions and include the questions and answers as part of your essay.

What initially inspired you to pursue the industry that you are currently in?

What would be one important piece of advice for someone like me who is considering going into the field that you are in?

What was the biggest hurdle that you encountered when you were first getting started in this field and how did you overcome it?

What are some of the college courses that you took that had a lasting impact on your career?

What are some aspects about your career that you didn’t know about or consider when you were starting out?

What are some things I should be spending my time doing now outside of school to help prepare me for a career in this field?”


Submission Requirements

Please follow the submission requirements and the steps carefully found at the website above to have the best chance of creating a creative essay.

  1. https://www.rentlingo.com/scholarship

 $1,000 RentLingo Dream Big Scholarship, D: Oct. 1, 2020

“Any student 18 years or older currently attending a college or university may apply for the scholarship. International students [attending an American university may also apply].

How to Apply?

Write an essay about what’s your dream job (750 words or less).

The top overall winner will receive the $1,000 scholarship and the top three submissions will have the option to get career advice / coaching from RentLingo’s founders, Dan Laufer and Byron Singh.”

Writing Help at the TSU Writing Center for Scholarships

or Any Writing Concern

As a Tennessee State University student or faculty/staff member, if you need help with scholarship applications, essays, or any other writing concern, know that the Writing Center at Tennessee State University is here for you!

During July, hours are Monday-Wednesday, 7:30 am-6:00 pm, Thursday, 7:30 am-5:30 pm, 615.963.5102

For online scheduling: http://mywco.com/tnstate

If you already have an account, log in and make an appointment.

If you don’t have an account, register for an account by clicking on “Register an Account” next to FIRST VISIT? and schedule your appointment!

For help with any writing concern including resumes, applications, or essays for scholarships or internships, you can sign up for any available writing tutor.

You can email Mr. Turner directly at mjturner@tnstate.edu.

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