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Apply for Sub Pop’s ‘Loser Scholarship’

High school seniors can apply for one of three grants of up to $7,000

Since 2007, famed Seattle indie label Sub Pop Records has awarded its so-called Loser Scholarship to lucky, music and arts-loving high school seniors in the area. The 2014 edition features three payouts for $7,000, $5,000, and $3,000, which are available to residents of Washington and Oregon who have already enrolled in college for next year — so, likely not losers, per se, but slackers-who-know-better may stand a chance. 

To apply, students have to submit an essay of no longer than one page that touches on one or more of the following topics:

- What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?
- How and why did you become interested in artistic outlets?
- How would this scholarship money help you to progress in your chosen field?
- What are your influences and who inspires you? Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?

But that’s not all: “Applicants are strongly encouraged to send digital links or provide hard copies of their artwork along with their essay (we have never had a winner who submitted only an essay).” Oh, and don’t submit any original copies, as the label won’t return them to you.

Applicants can send their essays to or mail them the old fashioned way to the address below. Any students thinking that a few grand would go a long way to some great partying should not get invovled, as Sub Pop will send the check directly to the winners’ schools. Applications are due May 8 with the winners announced May 22. Good luck, future losers of America!

Sub Pop Records
Attn: Scholarship
2013 4th Ave., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98121