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Merit Scholarships for 34 ACT?

Alex7592Alex7592 Posts: 957Registered User Member
edited December 2009 in College Search & Selection
What schools do you think I have a good chance at getting a full-tuition or higher scholarship?

Other stats:
Most rigorous curriculum, 3.9 unweighted
800-MathII, 780-Physics

Requirements:
Engineering
Non-religious or no religious requirements
no more than 60% male
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 61,229Registered User Senior Member
    If you had asked this question a month ago (before Dec 1), we'd have a lot of suggestions. :(

    You could try Auburn. Their website says Dec 1 is a priority deadline, but that suggests that they might still award the scholarships for some who apply afterwards. Alabama says the same, but they've received an enormous number of scholarship apps by Dec 1st, so they're almost maxed out scholarship-wise. I don't think Auburn has reached their max yet.

    You'd get a full-ride from UA-Huntsville (which has an awesome Engineering program and excellent co-op opportunities because it's located in Cummings Research Park) but it doesn't offer the full "campus experience" of a big U. I live near the campus, and they have nice new dorms and many new buildings. UAH also "says" it has a Dec 1st "priority" deadline, but I'm almost certain that they'll still award this scholarship to you since they want more OOS students with high stats. You're a highly desirable candidate.

    ACT 34+ or SAT 1490+ Scholarship http://finaid.uah.edu/1011scholarshipgrid.pdf
    Tuition up to 15 semester hours,
    housing,
    $500 in course fees,
    book stipend, and
    meal plan
    UAHuntsville | The University of Alabama in Huntsville

    You could try URochester and U Miami. Also, Arizona and AzSt.
  • Columbia_StudentColumbia_Student Posts: 5,046Registered User Senior Member
    Try BU and NorthEastern.
  • Alex7592Alex7592 Posts: 957Registered User Member
    I know that this is late. I only just now realized that I might want to add one of these. I already have a safety, but its a bankrupt public. That being said, I think that I value a challenging education a bit more than getting a full-ride, so I'm not really interested in schools that I haven't once heard of throughout my entire CC experience.

    I can apply to any university with a Jan 15 deadline or later.

    Right now I'm considering:
    University of Miami
    Northeastern
    Arizona State

    An important requirement is that they have scholarships to give out.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 61,229Registered User Senior Member
    You've never heard of Auburn? Auburn has a very good engineering school. Auburn University

    I'm a California native, and I've known about Auburn my whole life. But, I'm from a family full of engineers.
  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Posts: 8,223Registered User Senior Member
    Did you take the PSAT and are you a NMSF? If so, then you are eligible for USC's national Merit 1/2 tuition scholarship. Unfortunately you would have had to applied by Dec 1 to be considered for a full tuition scholarship.
    USC Financial Aid - Grants & Scholarships - Undergraduate - Freshmen Only Scholarships

    NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
    Amount Half tuition (approximately $19,285)
    Number of awards Varies
    Notification date By April 1, 2010
    Selection Criteria

    Selected on the basis of PSAT performance. Entering freshmen are considered if they have been designated National Merit Finalists and name USC as their first-choice college with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


    Here is a full listing from another CC thread of full tuition NMF scholarships- go to the last page for the most updated information
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/national-merit-scholarships/649276-nmf-scholarships-updated-compilation.html
  • Columbia_StudentColumbia_Student Posts: 5,046Registered User Senior Member
    I believe Rice gives full tuition scholarship.
  • RowNathanRowNathan Posts: 122Registered User Junior Member
    ^ Yeah but they'd be very competitive
  • Alex7592Alex7592 Posts: 957Registered User Member
    Already applied/applying to USC and Rice.

    any schools like: University of Miami, Northeastern, Arizona State?
    and do any of those 3 have good merit scholarships?
  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Posts: 8,223Registered User Senior Member
    check the NMF link on my post and go to the last page. you'll find the answers there.
    "Arizona State is not offering as much as they used to. It says the amount varies on the web site:
    http://students.asu.edu/scholarships/newamericanuniversity
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 61,229Registered User Senior Member
    Is Alex an NMSF? If so, there are still many BIG scholarships available for him.
  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Posts: 8,223Registered User Senior Member
    I believe you will be accepted at USC in Feb or March. Re whether you could win the Trustee scholarship, the last page of this thread
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-southern-california/827835-whats-most-important-merit-scholarships-5.html
    details how Trustee winners are picked. if you are invited to do an interview in Feb/March BE SURE to go, regardless of which scholarship they say you are being considered for, because only those who have interviewed with faculty of the school they have applied to are considered for merit scholarships.
  • R124687R124687 Posts: 1,513Registered User Senior Member
    Just FYI...you can POSSIBLY apply to schools with jan 1 and/or Jan 4 (etc) deadlines. My D just decided on a last minute (top 10) school. I explained she wanted to apply but of course couldn't get the counselor/teacher recs or transcripts by then. They said...meh...go ahead. Now that doesn't mean it won't count AGAINST her (being late). But...if you're competitive, they'll look. Just FYI. However, their having MERIT money left....THAT is a different story.
  • CoolbrezzeCoolbrezze Posts: 5,403Registered User Senior Member
    Well a lot of top schools deadlines are Jan 1st, or say early Jan. Its a little late to be asking this question, but definately look at your state school as you will probably have a higher chance of getting merit and financial aid.
    Well University of Minnesota- Twin Cities priority date recently ended on the 15th, and I have also heard that they reward out of state students with a lot of merit, its also one of the cheapest out of state tuition so you probably could try there.
  • Columbia_StudentColumbia_Student Posts: 5,046Registered User Senior Member
    How about Pitts for full tuition?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 61,229Registered User Senior Member
    Just FYI...you can POSSIBLY apply to schools with jan 1 and/or Jan 4 (etc) deadlines. My D just decided on a last minute (top 10) school. I explained she wanted to apply but of course couldn't get the counselor/teacher recs or transcripts by then. They said...meh...go ahead. Now that doesn't mean it won't count AGAINST her (being late). But...if you're competitive, they'll look. Just FYI. However, their having MERIT money left....THAT is a different story.


    This is very true. Some schools that say they have a "priority date" for scholarships will still award scholarships to desirable candidates who apply after the "priority date". That's why I mentioned Auburn and Alabama above. They have a history of awarding scholarships to students who miss their Dec 1 "priority dates". They understand that school reps were visiting schools in late November, so it was impossible for some kids to meet that Dec 1st deadline. So, if they have merit money to award, they'll award it - especially if the candidate is desirable by stats and/or region. However, often those applicants who miss the deadlines are not told of their scholarships until Feb or later (rather than immediately after acceptance.)

    And....if the applicant is a National Merit, I don't believe either university is strict at all about that Dec 1 deadline.
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