I read some posts and found out that people are starting to receive invitation letters. I called UC yesterday and found out that I am invited, too. They gave me a website to RSVP.
So here’s the question. I’m not sure if I’m ever going to get that mail. What’s suppose to be in the letter? Is there anything important or it doesn’t matter whether I read the letter or not as long as I know how to RSVP?
Thanks for any help in advance!
10 Cincinnatus awards of $80,000 (et. $20,000 per year covers full tuition, fees, room, board and a book allowance)
100 Founders awards of $24,000 ($6,000 each year)
200 University awards of $14,000 ($3,500 each year)
Century awards of $8,000 ($2,000 each year)
Every student invited to Cincinnatus can accept the Century award or attend the competition and be awarded at least $2,000 in UC scholarship funds if RSVP is recieved before 1/31/09
All scholarship may be renewed for the length of one's undergraduate academic program, providing the student maintains a 3.2 grade point average and complete the annual 30-hour community service requirement.
A few pages talk about the reservation process... but its not all that important, all that info you can read when you register.
And then date, time, place:
Saturday, February 7, 2009
8 am to 3:30 pm
Myrl H. Shoemaker Center Fifth Third Arena
Thank you, Chaswied. You really helped!
It's good to know that it doesn't make any difference whether I receieve the letter.
Are you going to attend the competition? My mom and I are still discussing whether to attend or not. Airplane tickets are extremly expensive. If I don't get anything above the University awards, the ticket money would totally be a waste.
Well... If both my mom and I are going, that would cost 1500*2=3000 USD, not including hotal money. I thought math placement test can be taken online... But I'll put that in mind anyway. Thank you, Taxguy.
Taiwan... thats impressive. It's encouraging to hear that UC is so far reaching.
Yes, the plane tickets plus hotels and food would probably end up being $3500, but the scholarship is $3500 each year... So that would still be 3 years of cheaper tuition.
Then again... with that logic, you'd get $2,000 each year without coming.
I guess you have to weigh the options. What I would do is read the profiles of the past winners and see if you match up. If you are confident that you sound like the type of person who could excel at the competition, I don't see why it wouldn't be wise to take the trip.
Also, this might give you a good chance to check out the school to make sure it is the right fit for you... or to check out other schools on your list while you are in the states.
Yes, I plan on going to the competition, but it will probably only cost me about $5.00 USD because I only live 30 miles away from campus.
ahh, Chaswied, hate you for where you live.
How I found out about UC is quite complicatated, few people in Taiwan knows about UC. But anyways, UC is the one and only school I have applied in US because I think it's a great school to study ID. I was thinking, if can't make it to UC, I could still study in Taiwan. There are very nice ID school in Taiwan, too. And our CEEC(It's like SAT to you guys, but we can only take it once a year.) are only two weeks away now. Shame of me still sitting in front of the computer.
But still, thank you for all your informations.
well i'm gonna go- and im leaving a day early for a tour of the DAAP school.... i think if you do decide to go, give yourself an extra day to explore the campus/classes/daap/whatever else interests you to make sure its where you want to go- you're spending some four or five years (depending on major and coop) there!
hope to see all you daapers (or whatever we're called) and everyone else there!
I am glad that all of you are interested in DAAP. Be advised:
Most schools have an inverse corelation between toughness and admission. The harder the entrance requirements, the easier the school and the less weeding out occurs. This is also vice versa. However, even though DAAP has very high admission standards, it is a VERY hard, and DEMANDING school. You will work long hours and be required to put in "all nighters" at times. I hope you know what you are getting into. It is no easy school. Several national merit scholars who thought they could breeze through due to their "inate intelligence" have been greatly surprised to their detriment.
Definitely worth going to the competition. Last year my daughter was fortunate enough to receive the Founders level award. The competition is conducted in two parts. One part is writing (which also counts as your English placement test) and the other part is a group activity. Good luck!
applesnbananas, the kids and the parents have their own separate programs. I can't speak for the kids but can share with you the programs that occured about two + years ago.
It was a full day affair. We were put in giant room and given a general overview of the school and its programs. We were then broken up into sections who rotated among the various presentation.
One presenation was by current students from various schools describing campus life and and the academics. They were also there to answer any and all questions from parents.
There was a program on diversity and one cut skit involving kids who had some drug probelms or roommate programs, showing solutions that they should use to overcome or deal with these problems.
We also had a program at your child's school of interest where we were given a lecture by the school on their programs. Each school such as DAAP, Arts and Science, Engineering, Business, Criminal Justice etc. has a program for both the kids and the parents on the expections of the school. They also had plenty of time for questions and answers.
The school also fed us for lunch,which was one of the worst meals that I have had. I couldn't believe how bad lunch was.
There were other programs too that escape my recollection.
Overal, other than lunch. it as a very good, informative session.
As for the kids, they had math placement testing and , if they didn't submit an essay for English placement,they had to write one there. I think that essay is a big factor in awarding the scholorships.
However, overall the reasons why one student gets a higher scholarship than another is very mysterious. To this day, I can't figure that out,which makes the whole scholarship process rather strange.
Moreover, from what I have seen, there isn't much of a corelation beween the top winners and performace in college. My daugher's roommate won a founders award. Her roommate boyfriend did even better. Both did poorly in school while my daughter is probably in the top 10%-15% yet got the minimim award. There were several other cases of kids who won more than the minimum award doing poorly in school and some cases where they did well. There just didn't seem to be any corelation.