How to Get Scholarships without a high GPA

 Contrary to popular belief, students don’t need a 4.0 GPA or higher to get scholarships.
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Universities are looking for dedicated minority students who contributed to their community and are interested in being part of STEM organizations or mentorship opportunities. They want to see how diverse students face obstacles with resiliency and dedication.  While these qualities can be reflected in a GPA, they mostly shine through extracurricular activities.

As the Founder of IOScholarships, I found that the process of preparing and applying for scholarship opportunities was much less intimidating when I seek the help of mentors and other students applying for scholarships and careers in STEM. 

There’s no limit to how many scholarships students can apply for. I recommend students to apply to as many scholarships as they can.

Every dollar counts and the more scholarships students apply the less money they have to borrow. The average private and external scholarship can be between $1,500 and $5,000. But $1,500 is easily the difference between buying a laptop or not. 

There’s plenty of money that goes unused every year, students just have to search for it. Using IOScholarships allows diverse students to apply for opportunities which they already qualify for, and their ethnic and cultural background is valued.

Again, it’s a huge myth that only students with a 4.0 GPA can get a scholarship. Register at today. There are many just waiting for your interest regardless of your GPA. Happy hunting!

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College Myth: Only Students with a 4.0 GPA Win STEM Scholarships