U.S. History-4 (I didn't have time to write the last essay!)
AP English Lit
Independent Violin Studio-8 hrs/wk: 9th-12th
Carolina Youth Symphony-4 hrs/wk: 9th-12th
Foreign Language Honor Society-10th-12th
Youth In Government-11th, 12th
National Art Honor Society-12th
Tri-M Music Honor Society-11th, 12th
Pit for Musical-9th
Campus Ministry-10th, 11th
Vacation Bible School-9th, 10th, 11th
Homeworks of South Carolina-11th, 12th
Project Host Soup Kitchen-9th, 10th
Recycling Society-11th , 12th
Guild of St. Martha-11th, 12th
Creating Artists for Tomorrow Teaching Assistant-12th
Greenville Ear Nose and Throat Medical Records Assistant-10th-12th
Varsity Cross Country-9th
Committee Chair-Youth In Government: 2008
Project Manager –National Art Honor Society: 2008
Head of Guild of St. Martha: 2008-2009
South Carolina Congressional Art Competition 2008-3rd Place
SCISA State Art Competition Photography 16-18 year old Division-Runner Up
National Merit Commended Student-2008/12th
A/B Honor Roll-9th, 10th, 11th
Other Valuable Experiences:
Carnegie Hall Performance with Carolina Youth Symphony-2007
Governor’s School at College of Charleston-June/July 2008
Logo Design for Fountain Inn Repertory Experience Theatre Company (FIRE)-2008
Biomedical Summer Scholar finalist; rejected from Lien and Scholars in Medicine, but I'm still happy with the whole 7 weeks offer (if I go to Wash U) and the "you will receive your materials..." line (which, from reading those of others, kinda means admission).
SAT: 2370 (800 R, 800 M, 770 W)
GPA: 4.84 W, 4.00 UW, rank 3/481 in public HS
IB (studying for orals right now...woo)
National Merit Finalist
EC: 4 years of band (senior section leader), 4 years of academic team (one year as team captain), NHS + other honor clubs, tutoring, hospital volunteering
Travel grant to WUSTL in Sep 2008
I thought my essays for all three of the scholarships I applied to were pretty good, and I ironically spent the least time/effort on the one I actually got. Being named one of the 20 summer scholars is great news for me, and congrats to those who got the other scholarships.
GPA: 4.16 Weighted. We don't do unweighted at my school
Class Rank: I come from a small independent high school with a class of 87 so we don't rank, because it would ruin our chances of getting into schools.
Chem, Phys C, Calc BC
Independent Flute Studio-8 hrs/wk: 9th-12th
Martial Arts-11 hrs/wk? ish: since I was 12.
Mostly just teaching the others
Chinese School- 2.5 hrs/wk
Volunteer Teacher at Chinese School and Kungfu School
Asian Heritage Festival
Christmas Lunch for Adopted Asian Children
Green Club at school
Biological Science Aid at the USDA-ARS-SRRC
Swimming- 9th-12th, Captn 12.
Track+Field- 9th-12th (Javelin and Discus)
Martial Arts Instructor
Wonder Week Teacher
A Honor Roll at School
Debate Novice Award
National merit semi and finalist
Deans Honor Scholarship
I guess Fellowship Finalist too? now at least.
Volunteer Service Award at Chinese School...
Other Valuable Experiences:
Asian Performance in Atlanta 2008 for Chinese New Year
Hurricane Katrina. (It was bad, but valuable nonetheless)
Asian Heritage Festival at the Audubon Zoo.
Compton finalist here. I actually don't know if I'm going to fly out for the interview, though - I don't really have that much interest in going to WUSTL, and my family is low enough income that full tuition wouldn't reduce the cost very much.
Copied and pasted from another thread, with appropriate changes:
* SAT: 2280 (800 CR, 770 M, 710 W)
* SAT II: 800 Math 2, 800 Physics, 800 Chemistry, 750 US History, 540 Japanese (shouldn't have attempted this . . .)
* GPA: I'm homeschooled. For my independent study classes, my parents basically grade me (they gave me all A's). I've also taken a LOT of college classes and gotten all A's in those.
* Rank: 1 out of 1 . . .
* Other Tests (AMC, AP, IB): A lot of math competitions. Best AMC series: AMC 12 130.5, AIME 9, USAMO 11
* Essays: Sort of weird and not well edited, but conveyed my passion for math well.
* Teacher Recs: One from math team coach - excellent. One from Mathcamp instructor - probably excellent
* Hook(recruited athlete, legacy, Nobel Prize): Homeschooled? I'm not sure what influence that has.
* Location: Maryland
* High School Type: Homeschooled
* Ethnicity: White
* Gender: Male
* Extracurriculars: Few. Mainly a ton of involvement with my homeschoolers' math club and math team, general extracurricular math, and then I listed a few interests, like politics and reading.
* Awards: Math competition stuff - USAMO Qualifier, Tiebreakers at ARML, first tier Mandelbrot . . .
SAT: 2310 (800 M&W, 710 CR)
ACT: 35 (36 M, 36 E, 32 R, 35 S, 10 essay)
GPA: not calculated by school, but estimated would be 3.78 UW and 4.6 W
Class rank: not calculated. Our average ACT is 30, so ranking would be counterproductive.
Habitat for Humanity (105 hr. comm. service)
Peer tutor (180 hr. comm. service)
Student Inquiry and Research program - 2 years
Math team (captain 9th grade)
Writer for school science magazine
Junior State of America
Couple other minor clubs
National Merit Finalist
High School Math Contest in Modeling – Meritorious in 2009, Honorable Mention in 2008
Junior State of America – Best Speaker (x2)
2x AIME Qualifier
Mu Alpha Theta – Inductee
AMC 10 School Winner
National German Exam – National Winner
Achievement in Music – Level 9 Winner
Work experience: Worked for my dad's home repair company for 4 years
Hooks: First generation
What is the race distribution of the Ervin scholarship? I'm worried that I'm at a disadvantage since I'm a white male, and Ervin was only opened up to other races 4 years ago.
The Ervin is a great program. The first class open to everyone is graduating this year. It is a good mix, the "Scholars are great people and it has a fantastic program with great peer and staff support. Of all the "Scholars" programs, the Ervin seemd to have the tightest bonding between the students in the program. I don't believe that you will feel any "disadvantage", but instead will make friends for life. But, you will be the best judge of that when you meet the other Ervin finalists at Scholars weekend.