College Confidential’s “Dean,” Sally Rubenstone, put together 25 of her best tips. Get your free copy of the "25 Tips from the Dean" eBook and get helpful advice on how to choose a college, get in, and pay for it: http://goo.gl/9zDJTM
I just got the OOS $12k/yr Presidential Scholarship and am really hoping to get enough money together to go to UMD. My financial situation is complicated, so I am barely going to get ANY financial aid, but I am not going to be able to pay for UMD without a miracle, so I desperately need another good scholarship. I'm hoping that maybe I can get a departmental scholarship to supplement.
I'm going to be majoring in Physics. I have done research in the Department of Astronomy at my state's flagship university (in which I received program awards for Best Research Paper and Poster) and in the Department of Physics at a regional university. I did a poster presentation for my research at my state's JSEHS. I am the president of my high school's Physics Club. I dual enrolled at the local community college and took Calculus I as a freshman and Calculus II, III, and Differential Equations (which is equivalent to Calc IV) as a sophomore and received A's in all of them. I earned a 5 on the AP Physics C exam in my junior year (I skipped Physics . I was on the Calculus team for Mu Alpha Theta in my sophomore year and served as historian my junior year. I am valedictorian of my high school with the highest GPA in the history of my school. I am planning on pursuing my PhD in theoretical astrophysics. I don't know if there is still much of an emphasis on this, but I am also a girl, which makes me something of a rarity in physics.
Do I have much of a shot at a departmental scholarship? Also, how large are the departmental scholarships?
Thank you so much for your insight! Congratulations to everyone who has been accepted and all scholarship recipients! Go Terps!