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WUE and National Merit Scholarship

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Replies to: WUE and National Merit Scholarship

  • MidwestPopMidwestPop Registered User Posts: 211 Junior Member
    C3Baker, thanks for the info. It was very helpful. My daughter is planning to finish up the Barrett application tomorrow. We hope to schedule a visit before the end of the year and tour both ASU and U of Arizona. We'll definitely need to try and connect with Dr. Nelson. And yes (!) the Arizona weather in the winter would be very nice! Did your son consider any other schools that offer the big NMF scholarships? Alabama? Arizona? Baylor?
  • MidwestPopMidwestPop Registered User Posts: 211 Junior Member
    In case anyone else was wondering, a letter that my DD received from Barrett's this week stated "A Nonresident (NMF) will be awarded the amount of nonresident tuition for the 2011-2012 year and will remain at the same amount for eight semesters. For example, this year's OOS tuition is $20,257, however we anticipate that the amount will increase for the upcoming year".

    So it looks as though ASU is continuing the full tuition scholarship program for the 2011-2012 school year. That sure keeps ASU on DD's short list!
  • noimaginationnoimagination Registered User Posts: 7,054 Senior Member
    ^ Yes, I received the same letter. Good news for everyone considering ASU.
  • C3BakerC3Baker Registered User Posts: 731 Member
    Midwestpop - My son did consider other schools with large NMF scholarships and that was really his primary focus. At the time he planned to go to med school and his goal was to pay as little out of pocket (our pockets, actually, not his!) for undergraduate to be able to put that money towards med school tuition. In the meantime, the opportunities that he has gotten for doing research at ASU have been fantastic and he now wants to go the PhD route in biomedical engineering instead of med school. I think it's a better fit for him anyway. He ended up picking ASU over the others because Barrett Honors College is really unique among schools - it is just a whole different environment. He is a kid who never quite fit in in high school, although he did well and had a pretty good time. But at Barrett he is really thriving. One small example - at one of the fall football games all the NMF go down on the field at halftime and are introduced as ASU's academic recruits. What a great message this sends to the kids that scholarship is valued when generally athletics is the only thing recognized at sports events.

    I think it really is a good strategy for these kids to pay as little for undergraduate as possible when they know that their future plans will include grad school.

    One other recommendation for your ASU campus visit is for your daughter to do an overnight with a Barrett ambassador. It really gave my son a great idea what it was like to live and study there. He was pretty much sold on ASU after that.

    Good luck to your daughter in her college search - it is wonderful how many opportunities these kids have and I'm sure that she will find a perfect fit!
  • MidwestPopMidwestPop Registered User Posts: 211 Junior Member
    C3Baker: thanks for the post. We are trying to get my DD freed up enough from play practice, volleyball practice, flute contests, etc., etc., to get a vist scheduled. We are now hoping for a visit in a couple of weeks. DD is getting excited about the possibilities!
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