You don’t need to have perfect test scores or a 4.0 GPA to qualify for substantial scholarships. Of course, there are the various scholarships that aren’t based on academic qualifications but participation in certain activities or personal background. These are the type that generally show up on the scholarship search websites but they tend to be for smaller awards, usually $1,000 or less.
However, you can find larger awards strictly based on GPA and test scores from the colleges themselves. Just to give you an idea of what is available, the following lists colleges offering scholarships for students with a 24 ACT and a 3.5 GPA. Some of the schools actually allowed an even lower GPA but I used 3.5 for consistency purposes. These are scholarships students are automatically considered for as part of the application process. The key is that you have to apply to and attend the college to receive the scholarships.
Hope College is a private college in Michigan and offers the Alumni Honors Scholarship for 2019 for students with a 24 ACT (1160 SAT) and 3.5 GPA. The amount is between $4,500 to $6,000 per year and is guaranteed through your sophomore year. Students need only maintain a GPA of 2.75 to renew the scholarship for their remaining two years. The total cost of attendance was $47,000 for 2018-2019 and the 75th% ACT score was 29. Hope College is an NCAA D3 school.
Drury University in Springfield, Missouri is a private college that offers a Provost Scholarship for 2019 for students with a 24 ACT and 3.5 GPA. According to its scholarship calculator a student qualifies for $11,000. It doesn’t list the requirements for maintaining the scholarship. Total cost of attendance at Drury for 2018-19 was $40,951 and the 75th% ACT score was 28. Drury competes in Division 2 of the NCAA.
Murray State University, a public institution in Kentucky, awards University Scholarships for students with a 24 ACT and minimum GPA of at least a 3.0. The scholarship covers 20% of tuition and students must maintain a 3.2 GPA to keep the scholarship for 4 years. In-state students pay a total cost of attendance of $23,472 and out-of-state students pay $38,928. The 75th% ACT is 27 and the school competes at the NCAA D1 level. It also has a residential college system.
University of Toledo in Ohio, a public school, awards the Trustees Scholarship to students with a 24 ACT and 3.5 GPA. The amount is for $3,500 for in-state students and $12,000 for out-of-state students. The scholarships are renewable for four years if the student maintains a 2.75 GPA. The total cost of attendance for 2018-19 was $28,423 for in-state students and $37,783 for out-of-state students. The 75th% ACT is 26 and competes at the NCAA D1 level for athletics.
St. Mary’s University in Texas is a private institution that awards $15,000 to students with at least a 24 ACT and 3.5 GPA. The scholarships are renewable as long as students maintain a 3.5 GPA. These scholarships apply to tuition only. Tuition is $30,650 and the total cost of attendance was $45,320. The 75th% ACT is 26 and the university competes at the NCAA D2 level.
I hope this information helps you! However it’s only one part of a bigger system The College MATCH Method.