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Richmond Scholars Program

unodosytracyunodosytracy Posts: 155Registered User Junior Member
edited June 2011 in University of Richmond
Does anybody know what stats richmond scholars generally have? What are my chances? Thanks!
Unweighted GPA: 4.0
Weighted GPA: 5.3
I completed the Pre-IB program at my school and am currently half way through the IB program at my school, which is currently ranked one of the top 1% in the world.
SAT: 770 Verbal 760 Math 680 Writing
SAT2: 780 Math2 710 Lit 700 Bio E

State: FL

Middle School (all As)
Honors Algebra 1
Honors Geometry
Honors Earth Space Science
Honors Economics

Freshmen Year (All As)
Pre-IB Biology 1
Pre-IB World History
Pre-IB English 1
Pre-IB Spanish 1
Pre-IB Algebra 2
Speech
Chorus
Orchestra

Sophomore Year (All As)
Pre-IB Chemistry
Pre-IB Physics
AP European History
Pre-IB English 2
Pre-IB Spanish 2
IB Pre-Calc
Chorus
Orchestra

Projected Junior Year (Probably all As, maybe a B in calc)
IB SL Biology
IB English 3
IB History of the Americas
IB Spanish 3
IB SL Calculus
IB Psychology
Chorus

Projected Senior Year
IB Theory of Knowledge
IB HL English
IB HL History
IB SL Spanish 4
AP Stat
IB HL Psychology
Chorus

AP tests: Euro (4), Calc AB, Bio, Lit, Psych, and Stat.

Extracurriculars:

Chorus (fresh-sr)
-student director (jr)
-officer positions: social committee (soph), section leader (jr), secretary (sr)
-private voice lessons (soph-sr)
-member/music arranger/vocal percussionist/music director in an award winning acapella group (jr&sr)
-accepted to several county and state honor choirs (soph&jr)

Orchestra (fresh-sr)
-private viola lessons (fresh-soph)
-accepted to county honor orchestra (soph)

Tri-M Music Honor Society (fresh-sr): treasurer (jr), president (sr)

Model UN (soph-sr)
-several delegate and delegation awards
-officer positions: home government (jr), secretary-general (president) (sr)

Church Music Ministries (freshmen-senior year)
-church orchestra
-choir accompanist
-youth choir: community service and mission tours
-girls ensemble

Dance: freshman/sophomore year
-pointe, jazz and lyrical

Girl's State Delegate

National Honor Society(jr/sr)

Spanish Honor Society(sr)

Social Studies Honor Society (sr)

Volunteer Work:
Choir Tour(fresh-senior) - helped at homeless shelters, cancer clinics, youth centers and rescue missions
Mission Trip (fresh/soph) - provided day camp to underprivileged rural children, served as a junior counselor the 2nd year
Swim Lessons (soph/junior) -taught free swim lessons through the ymca to underprivileged children 12 hours a week for two summers (150 hours), serving as volunteer coordinator for the program the second year
Internship (sr): sustainability charity that assists kenyan orphans (probably 60 hrs)

Awards: Furman Scholar, projected college board commended

I am hoping to major in business, political science, or international relations and go on to law school.
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  • PAVenturerPAVenturer Posts: 487Registered User Member
    Hi unodosotracy (btw - I love the name!) Pretty impressive stats. You should be proud of your work! My daughter did not receive a Richmond Scholars award so I do not have first hand knowledge. The Scholars program selects finalists that are invited to the school in the Spring. There is a program that includes interviews during that visit. I would think that your stats are certainly good enough that you can reasonably expect consideration as a finalist. I don't know what criteria is used from that interview process to make final determinations.

    (Good luck!! UR is a great school!)
  • Fingerscrossed15Fingerscrossed15 Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    Great stats. I think you might what to live outside the country to get an edge. I mean isn't being international all that Richmond cares about. Look at the head of admissions
  • mld719mld719 Posts: 34Registered User Junior Member
    the Richmond Scholars program is looking for students who really stand out. i was a semi-finalist this year, so i know some about it. but basically, almost all the students who get to a finalist position (which you would probably have), will have those exact stats. perfect grades, superb extra curriculars, leadership, etc. the scholars program is looking for those students who have gone way way above and beyond in their careers whether it's winning national competitions or something of similar prestigue. i think you have a decent shot at it, but i wouldn't assume you're going to get it, or else you may be disappointed.
  • PAVenturerPAVenturer Posts: 487Registered User Member
    What a racist and uniformed comment from fingers. Obviously you know nothing of Mr. Villanueva and have never heard him speak. 9% of the class of 2014 is International so apparently he is not "all about being International". Would you think that if the Dean of Admissions were to be, oh say a woman of northern European descent, the incoming class would be predominantly females named Smith?

    The University of Richmond has a very diverse student body. Racists such as you may have a hard time fitting in. I suspect you find others to blame for most of your failures. If your fingers are crossed waiting for acceptance to Richmond, I sincerely hope you are disappointed.
  • Fingerscrossed15Fingerscrossed15 Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    Actually I was alluding to the fact that he is from the Philippines, which if you own a globe (which I doubt) you'll know that it's not in America. I don't know how you arrived to the claim of that being racism (maybe you just look at skin color which is real sad), but I did not state anything which distinguished a race as inferior or superior to another race or races (look up words before you use them). Also I was just stating that since he is from the Philippines, he is most likely psychologically bias in favoring international students as oppose to American ones. I mean we all saw what frustrated dad went through. You also said that he spoke of 9% of the class of 2014 being international, obviously he said that to say that the university wants to increase that number. Oh side note, I did get in to Richmond.
  • Spiders05Spiders05 Posts: 491Registered User Member
    Too bad Gil is not the one who determines the award winners....completely destroys you "argument."

    As an alum, I hope you chose a different school.
  • Fingerscrossed15Fingerscrossed15 Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    *Your "argument" (good college education there, guess they don't teach the fundamentals of editing at Richmond). Also my argument was more around the fact of whether or not I'm a racist. I also said nothing about the award winners except I only heard of ones from foreign countries, which is why with the tough competition of today spending a year aboard will give a competitive edge.

    Lastly the fact that your an alum who graduated six years ago (guessing 05 stands for graduation year) concerns me. I mean your either creepy like Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused who just hangs around the high school well after he graduated, but for you its a college and done virtually. You could also be part of admissions who scans college confidential to debunk any bad things about the school.

    Of course I'm going to Richmond next year. So if you work for admissions good job picking me.
  • Spiders05Spiders05 Posts: 491Registered User Member
    15, I'm both an active alum (volunteer work with admissions is a portion of my time), and a current grad student, so I'm on campus more days than not. If being able to help families/prospectives on here makes me creepy, so be it.

    If you're going to judge my collegiate education on an accidental omission of an "r"......those in glass houses...(see post 6 - "oppose" with an accidently omitted "d," or your use of "your" for "you're" in post 8, or your usage of "what" instead of "want" in your original reply)...

    Your initial argument had nothing to do with whether or not you're racist, but the point you brought up about how being international gives you an edge in the process; a point you supported by stating that Gil was international, and thus biased. He's one of 9 on the committee and not the Chair.

    To the OP; as some have indicated, you initial resume looks like you would be in position to be strongly considered, but it is a very holistic approach. The awards usually go to people with unique achievements.
  • PAVenturerPAVenturer Posts: 487Registered User Member
    Fingers, your comment "Look at the head of admissions" certainly infers that the fact that he is not "American" would cause him to be bias in admissions decisions. You then say, "he is most likely psychologically bias in favoring international students as oppose (sic) to American". (You should brush up on your writing skills prior to August.) Those comments certainly sound like you have a problem with people of different heritage.

    Race is defined by Merriam Websters as "a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics". Racism is define as "a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities". To your point, perhaps you should know what words mean before you use them. Since you believe that since he is not of US origin he will act a certain way fits the definition of racism.

    The reference to 9% of the incoming class being international did not come from Gil Villanueva. It came from the statistics readily available on the UR website. I also went back and read some of frustrated dad's posts. I found two references to students of international backgrounds who received, or at least said they received, a Richmond Scholars award.
  • frustratedadfrustratedad Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
    Fingerscrossed15: I think you are right on target with your observations. Richmond has clearly targeted international students with their Richmond Scholars program. I would say they are giving "disproportionate" amounts of scholarship money to international students, but I honestly don't think international students should get ANY scholarship money. I think they should pay a premium for the privilege of attending school in the US. Every international student that attends an American university displaces an American student that could otherwise attend.

    On another note, I think it is pathetic that people throw out the word racism at the drop of a hat. You are correct, Fingers, and it will become obvious when (if) Richmond ever gets around to publishing the names and profiles of the Richmond Schloars for the Class of 2015. They still haven't posted the 2014 winners yet...I wonder why?
  • unodosytracyunodosytracy Posts: 155Registered User Junior Member
    Is there a way to delete this thread? I just wanted some constructive critique/advice about admission/scholarship to a school that I'm really passionate about. This is getting to be a ridiculous argument.
  • frustratedadfrustratedad Posts: 33Registered User Junior Member
    unodosytracy: I am sorry your thread devolved into something other than what you intended. That happens on the Richmond portion of this site frequently.

    My son was a finalist last year for the Oldham Scholars designation. I think your stats could get you into a finalist position, but you really need to have something unique in the area of leadership or community service. They seemed to be very impressed last year with kids that had started their own non-profit organizations. Other than that, the feedback from the competition wasn't very good, so it is hard to offer any more insight...I'm sorry.

    Have you considered or looked into Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va? It is a wonderful school (one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, and certainly one of the best in the South).

    You would have a very good shot at their Johnson Scholarship program...full ride, four years. 10% of the freshman class are awarded the Johnson Scholarship, and those that turn it down typically do so in favor of Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Duke, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, etc.

    It is a highly academic school, with a great atmosphere, and an outstanding faculty. My son was offered the Johnson Scholarship, but he turned it down for his dream school. I would have been very happy for him to attend W & L...it was a great school.

    You may want to check it out. Hope that helps a little.
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