By tamaraEver wonder why some students win scholarships and others don’t? Do they have some special talent or gift, or are they somehow blessed with incredible luck? In all honesty, it really depends on the type of scholarship. For merit-based scholarships, having a stellar grade point average (GPA) and high college exam scores is a definite must, but not a guarantee that you’ll win. Why? Simply put, your grades are probably not as unique as you perceive them to be. The same can be true for need-based aid, as well. Tons of students are in similar financial situations, and they all need help. Choosing a winner can be difficult in these cases, and it’s often a personal statement, letter of recommendation, or an essay that gives the winner the edge over all the other candidates. But, what if you don’t have perfect grades or you come from a middle-class family — are you out of luck? Nope. We know you possess something that sets you apart from other students, and that’s why we created the Top Ten List Scholarship. We’re not looking for the smartest student or the most-needy. And, we don’t want to see a laundry list of your high school or college achievements. What we do want to see is oodles of creativity and things that make you, well, you. Can you make a killer carrot cake or twerk upside down? That should go on the list. Do you have a habit of putting yourself in embarrassing situations or are geographically challenged? We want to know about that, too. Just think about all the weird little things that make you unique and interesting. Before you know it, you’ll have your top ten list completed. Oh, and we forgot to tell you the best part. Each one of those items is worth $150. Yup, you have the chance to score a cool $1,500 just for sharing all the wonderful things that make you the awesome person that you are. Ready to submit your list? Here’s everything you need to know. Who Is Eligible? You must be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. permanent resident. You must be 13 years of age or older. You must be currently enrolled in college or plan to enroll no later than 2020. Where Do I Apply? Applications are only accepted online. Submissions sent by email or postal mail will not be considered. Deadline Hurry up! This fun scholarship ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 31, 2014. Want to increase your chances of winning? Be sure to check out the essays from our past winners.