Hi, I recently discovered the QuestBridge Scholarship and am incredibly interested in applying. However, when reading about the past QuestBridge scholars they all seem so incredibly more academically successful than me.
So I am currently a Junior and this is my info:
GPA: Unweighted: 3.6/3.7(not sure) Weighted 4.0
Top 20% percent of my class ( My school does not give out specific rank)
PSATS ( i have not taken the sats yet):
Critical Reading: 640
Writing Skills: 550
I know these are really bad, but I have been practicing a lot and on all my practice tests I have had much higher scores, like all in the mid 600's and writing a 730.
Freshman year: honors english, honors world studies, honors environmental sciences, latin one and algebra one
Sophomore year: honors english, honors early america, honors biology, latin two and honors geometry
Junior year: AP english, modern america, honors chemistry, AP latin and algebra two.
Senior year(classes I plan to take): AP english, AP government and politics, honors anatomy and physiology, AP latin year two and honors pre-calculus.
Positions: freshman year general member, sophomore year board member, junior year secretary and I will be running for president or vice president for my senior year.
Volunteered over 150 hours in two years to a non profit org. that provides school supplies to disadvantaged students and teacher
Volunteered over 50 hours in two years tutoring elementary school kids twice a week
Volunteered for the past two summers about 75 hours in total at an art camp for children
Volunteer during the school day, in study halls, with the special needs kids ( severely physically and mentally disabled ) with cooking, gym class and their class work. Over 60 hours in total.
In total around 400 hours, with other small volunteer things like food drives and leaf raking for the elderly.
(I love volunteer work, haha
National Honor Society:
Inducted for Junior and Senior year
Civil Rights Team:
Member since sophomore year
I have organized fundraisers like a school dance and talent show and for Holocaust, Darfur, and African drought survivors to speak at out school. Also I have attended a protest for increased government aid for Somalian drought victims.
Incredibly long story short, I have never really lived with my parents. My 3 siblings and all have similar stories, after living with our parents for a month or two we would be dumped on our grandparents. My mother is severely mentally ill and my father is the most irresponsible man I have ever met. For these reasons, we have only had small periods in our lives when our parents would live nearby us or live with my grandparents and us. On top of this, once they divorced when I was six I rarely ever saw my father because he no longer had a marriage tying himself to us. What really didnt help were both of their involvements in numerous illegal things (I am not going to clarify). At the time when I was born, my grandparents had some saving and a condo which they had saved for for years. Now, however their savings have dwindled to nothing and my grandfather has been forced to work into is late 60's. We really dont have any contact with my parents. Before I go on and on any longer, the moral of the story is that I have absolutely no funding for my college education and neither do my siblings. Zip.
Lastly, I would be a first generation college student since neither of my parents got college degrees and my father dropped out of highschool. And we make well under $60,000 and have little savings.
Sorry if this was ridiculously long, but I sincerely appreciate any and all feedback. I have worked as hard as I possibly could have and will continue. My dream is to attend Wellesley College and double major in international relations and affaris and arabic with a minor in middle eastern studies. Fort the past few years I have become incredibly interested in middle eastern culture, politics and the current issue and would love to work in an embassy. I also see joining the peace corps in my future. Thanks so much again!