right arrow
Informational Message Stay on top of the information you need to navigate the admissions process amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We've got articles, videos and forum discussions that provide answers to all of your test prep, admissions and college search questions.   Visit our COVID-19 resource page.

Introducing Kai!
Your College Confidential guide bot.


Kai can provide tips and support as you research and apply to colleges, and explore majors and careers.





Chat with Kai
here, 24/7!


or Skip Forever

A new forum experience awaits you this November! We can't wait to share it with you soon. Want to see how it looks before the big move? Experience the new CC Forums now and let us know your thoughts!

Bucknell - Arts Merit Scholarship

LabMom4131LabMom4131 19 replies1 threads Junior Member
edited June 23 in Bucknell University
My daughter was just notified that she is a finalist for this scholarship. She applied regular decision and obliviously has not heard if she has been accepted. Would it be a stretch to assume she will be accepted since she is a finalist, or do the two not necessarily coincide?
edited June 23
9 replies
Post edited by CCAdmin_Vic on
· Reply · Share

Replies to: Bucknell - Arts Merit Scholarship

  • LabMom4131LabMom4131 19 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Adding: They want her to come out to the school for a "finalist" weekend. Something seems a little off...is this a marketing ploy to get kids back to the school for another look or truly a legit thing - which would make me want to know she was accepted first before spending money to travel there?
    · Reply · Share
  • FoxRulzFoxRulz 267 replies4 threads Junior Member
    My D also received the invitation and is going! We know older students with the scholarship and yes assume they are "in" and see if they receive money. That part isn't necessarily a guarantee.
    · Reply · Share
  • FoxRulzFoxRulz 267 replies4 threads Junior Member
    oh they also assume if you don't go that weekend you are not interested and thus may decline you. But that is obvious.
    · Reply · Share
  • paigezzpaigezz 47 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I also received this invitation. I hope this means that I’m accepted into the school. And yes, the finalist weekend thing is mandatory for the scholarship because you have to audition.

    Which scholarship did you apply for? I did the Dance one!
    · Reply · Share
  • LabMom4131LabMom4131 19 replies1 threads Junior Member
    My daughter is a creative writer - so no audition. I can certainly understand the audition aspect for those in performance. And I don't think it is fair to assume they don't think you are not interested if you don't attend - they did mention extenuating circumstances would be considered if you cannot attend. We are on the west coast and it is a lot of time and money to travel there...again, it would be nice if they would first let you know if you were accepted into the school before making the ask. Now I could also certainly understand an audition being mandatory before even being accepted into any arts based program, but that is not the case with this scholarship...again it just seems a little off to me.
    · Reply · Share
  • FoxRulzFoxRulz 267 replies4 threads Junior Member
    It is worth it to call them and find out. I agree it is far and expensive from the west coast and given your D is not performance based perhaps they can arrange a Skype interview. My D is for dance and a drivable distance.
    · Reply · Share
  • college1089college1089 1 replies0 threads New Member
    D also received email and we are a plane flight away. Happy to know we can assume acceptance. The scholarship range is confusing: $2500-$20000 annually is a big range. Does anyone know how they determine the amount, or could all finalists receive some amount?
    · Reply · Share
  • toddgriesmantoddgriesman 2 replies0 threads New Member
    I would love to know what sort of material the kids are supposed to prepare for the Theater merit scholarships. Can anyone shed any light on this?
    · Reply · Share
  • momofzagmomofzag 657 replies7 threads Member
    My D graduated in 2018. She was a theatre arts merit recipient. At the time she auditioned (2013; she took a gap year after her acceptance) the audition was a typical two contrasting monologues plus a song (singing was optional). There were also some group theater exercises, tour of campus and department. And a Friday evening dinner for all finalists in all the disciplines plus any parents with faculty and current arts merit students. We assumed all activities were evaluative.

    And we know from her experience later that the faculty does ask current students for their impressions of candidates.

    I would assume that anyone who is a finalist for these scholarships has been accepted to the University overall. We treated it as not only competing for the scholarship but like a mini accepted students day. My D got a great sense of the arts community on campus and could really see herself there. There was great value in attending.

    In OPs case there won’t be an audition but a great chance to interact with faculty and community and to communicate sincere interest in Bucknell. If OP really can’t attend due to finances or other conflict I would reach out to the creative writing dept directly and let them know your student is still interested in Bucknell. Maybe they can even help with travel expenses.

    My D ended up not attending the larger admitted students weekend.
    · Reply · Share
Sign In or Register to comment.

Recent Activity