Hi, am wondering if people can weigh in. D is a hs junior and interested in science major -chem, bio, marine, environmental. Obviously she's not sure yet and will probably get a Masters. We are on the east coast-originally from PA and now in FLA. She wants to go oos to a medium size school (abt 10 tp 15k students) in a pretty area ( think georgetown or chapel hill). Though we earn over 150k we are caught in the housing crash and dont have substantial retirement money. We really can't afford a 50k year school and she will have to get a merit scholarship. Her stats.... 750 cr, 740 math, 720 writing. PSAT probably close to NM competition but only if we get lucky. 4.0 UNweighted GPA. Took AP ENvirnmental last year and got a 5. This yr has AP LIT, AP calc AB, AP Chem, AP Govt and AP Econ. She plays 2 varsity sports and is captain of her competitive soccer team outside of school. She has a part time job, club and honor society memberships.
What schools do you think could be a fit which could give merit money? I know chances are higher for merit awards if you are statistically stronger than the general applicant pool. But she also wants to get into a challenging program that will hopefully encourage women in STEM. thanks to all who weigh in!