CollegeHumor’s Average Student Scholarship

Money alert: college scholarships are out there! (Photo courtesy of 401(K) 2013.

Are you applying for college scholarships? (Photo courtesy of 401(K) 2013 on flickr)

College can be expensive. Between the tuition, lab fees, and textbooks, students oftentimes find themselves deciding between Chicken-flavored Ramen Noodles or Beef-flavored Ramen Noodles for dinner. Grants and scholarships are available for students and it’s true, they usually require a lot of work: application, essay, transcripts, etc. And while I too would probably want to hear why a student wants a piece of the money pie that I’m slicing up, I also understand that it can be time-consuming to write 500 words about your college major or your post-graduation plans. That being said, the popular comedy site CollegeHumor.com has recently released The Average Student Scholarship Contest and they are currently taking applications.

The Overview

CollegeHumor.com was first created in 199 and is currently owned by IAC and operated out of New York City. Featuring pictures, articles, and videos, the website’s YouTube channel had over 3 million subscribers in October 2012.

List of Series

Believe it or not, with every channel comes a list of regular series’ that are shown. Beavis and Butthead on MTV, Rugrats on Nickelodeon, and Dexter on Showtime; College Humor is no different. With over 15 different series’ audiences can tune into Very Mary-Kate, Dinosaur Office, or Jake and Amir. To keep the ‘network’ current, some series’ are rotated out; a “retired” shows list can be found on the CollegeHumor Wikipedia page.

Special Guests

CollegeHumor is no small site. Regular guests include Andy Samberg, David Cross, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd, and Zach Galifianakis.

Straight from CollegeHumor.com

College Humor’s scholarship,The Average Student Scholarship Contest, is focused on awarding $5,000 to two students of “average” caliber. Did you sign up for 3 clubs but never attended meetings? Is your GPA a 2.1? are just some of the questions being asked in their lighthearted marketing campaign.

While college can be hard, and at times students experience “life getting in the way”, the focus is on the average student. Not everyone was the Campus President, President of their Sorority and maintaining a 4.0 GPA in a Biochemistry and Mechanical Engineering double-major. Get real! The average student gets a D in math because they skipped it (often) to drink on Thursday nights. Of struggled through Geology because every rock looked the same. Don’t feel bad about a low grade, passing is an achievement in-and-of itself. While no one should be an advocate for Ds, the site understands that, at times, a higher education can be quite difficult.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, students need to be currently enrolled as freshmen, sophomores, or juniors at a four-year college or university. The contest is open from today (!) until February 7, 2013. Applications can be filled out online at CollegeHumor.com and requires a short explanation of why you’re average. Photos and videos can be uploaded to accompany the application, but a student ID has to be (so find a scanner!).

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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