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Brad Surratt

"Not all who wander are lost" - J.R.R. Tolkien

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Average Joe and Plain Jane Scholarship

If you're like me, I was blissfully unaware of the tremendous financial burdens that a four year college education places on an individual. If you're even more like me, you are considered "average". This means you are neither Einstein smart, nor Caveman stupid. Unfortunately when it comes to applying for college scholarships this often means you will be getting the shaft. When your parents make more money than the poverty line, and they have a "you'll learn more if you are the one paying for it" philosophy, this further compounds the college funding problem. This leads you to ask the following question:

I would like to introduce my idea: A scholarship designed solely for the Average Joe or Plain Jane.

--The Prerequisites--

- Must live in Colorado

- Must be currently enrolled in an accredited college

- Have a 2.5 - 3.5 GPA and/or an ACT score between 18 - 22

- Submit 3-5 sentences explaining what makes you more average than all the other applicants

- Must be abe to cover the cost (if any) for participation in the activities

- Must sign a liabilty release waiver

Once the pre-rec's are met, a handful are selected to participate in "The Games".

--The Games--

No more 10 page essay's or ridiculous questions to answer for this scholarship! No sir. You will be pitted against other Average Joe's and Plain Jane's in a series of games that only an average person should be good at. We're talking Ping-Pong, Mario Kart, Darts, and other shenanigans that I haven't even thought of yet.

Now I know what your thinking... but Brad, how can you possibly make money by giving it away as a scholarship? To that I say, this initiative is not about making a bunch of money! Instead it's all about helping students stay out of student loan debt. I would just need to get companies and other individuals to help fund my scholarship. In exchange for their funding, I could offer them naming rights, product placements, and contracts to host "the Games" at their locations (to help bring in new customers).  

--The Three Biggest Holes--

1.) Sponsors might be reluctant to support/reward mediocracy.

2.) Money for the scholarship might have to come from my pocket until it catches on...in that case the scholarship money would only be a few hundred dollars at best.

3.) Liability for some of the competitions could get be expensive; A rock solid wiaver must be created.

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