Quitting Student Council Could Net $5,000 –

Every high school student won’t excel in each sport, club or organization he or she participates in. That’s the reality. And, as is often the case, many of these students will not qualify for the academic or merit-based scholarships available to their counterparts who fare better in school.

The people at CollegeHumor aren’t having it. What about the average student? The one who didn’t make straight A’s, rode the bench on the junior varsity basketball team, and wasn’t voted ‘Most’ anything as a senior?

This was the thought process behind the creation of CollegeHumor’s Average Student Scholarship Contest, which will award scholarships to two students (one male and one female) who are neither the worst nor the best. They are in fact, just average.

“I was an average student and it always annoyed me that I never won anything. No scholarships, no awards, nothing,” said Streeter Seidell, CollegeHumor’s editor-in-chief. “It wasn’t that I was dumb, it was that I didn’t make getting perfect grades the focus of my entire life. I think a lot of my co-workers and fellow comics were the same way. So this is our little way of making two totally random, completely average students feel special.”

The two scholarships, each worth $5,000, will be applied to the recipients’ college tuition. In order to apply, students enrolled in a four-year college or university must upload an essay between 500 and 1,000 words describing why they are the most average student and include a photo or video displaying their “averageness.” The submission deadline is Feb. 1.

According to the official rules, which can be found on CollegeHumor’s website, judging will be weighed equally using the following criteria: academic averageness, humor, and originality.

Seidell described academic averageness as more than just being a C student, though that is important.

“It’s doing things like signing up for clubs but then not always going to meetings, or playing on an intramural team for three weeks before quitting because it’s just not your thing,” he said. “It’s putting in some effort and just doing OK.”

The scholarship contest may serve as a message to average students everywhere.

“I think it’s important for people to remember that being an average student isn’t the end of the world,” Seidell said. “Average students can become good workers who get great jobs and then, years later, are able to give away two $5,000 prizes to average students because they think that would be a fun and funny thing to do.”

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