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NalconNalcon Registered User Posts: 490 Member
edited July 2006 in Emory University
I was wondering, why does Emory put a limit on the number of students a school can nominate for the Scholars program? It seems really unfair to competitive schools and schools in Georgia where there is a lot of interest. These schools might be using a selection process to determine who they nominate that is not nearly in line with what Emory uses to select finalists and may be ruining their students chances. Is there a reason I'm missing?
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  • NorCalDadNorCalDad Registered User Posts: 753 Member
    Nalcon, the Emory Scholars Program is a highly competitive merit award program. Emory is looking for the cream of the crop. It is conceivable that there may be more than 4 students from your H.S. who are truly interested in Emory and academically viable for this program. I don't know if the ESP administrators would make exceptions to this policy. As far as your own school's nominations, you'd have to take that up with your H.S. Guidance Counselor for any problems due to contention for nominations. (Note: In your previous posts, you allude to an interest in engineering -- bioengineering/mechanical engineering -- and before you get too hyped up about Emory, you might want to know that it does not have an Engineering Department.)

    The following is a portion of a post I wrote earlier:

    The Emory Scholars Program offers one of the very best merit scholarship opportunities in the country, with merit awards ranging from partial tuition to full-ride at Emory. I have known students to have turned down Harvard, Yale and other Ivies to benefit from this opportunity -- and it wasn't necessarily a difficult decision. If you are interested, you will want to do some planning now and check with your H.S. Guidance counselor in the fall, when you return to school. Each H.S. is allowed up to 4 nominees -- and you will need to be nominated by your school. Go to the Emory discussion forum and/or check some of my earlier posts to get more info., as well as getting links direct to the Emory Scholars Program. It is a very competitive program, but the awards are worth the effort. (Unless you apply ED to Emory, consideration for this merit program would likely preclude ED applications to other schools because a student will have had to confirm enrollment to the ED college before notification of finalist status by the Emory Scholars Program.)

    Here are some links:

    Emory Scholars Program Info. (with embedded links to Emory Scholars Program website and ESP Fact Sheet):

    More ESP Information, plus list of awards/scholarships:
  • NalconNalcon Registered User Posts: 490 Member
    er... that doesn't really answer the question. I already know the details of the scholars program and Emory, I was just wondering what the reasoning was behind the 4 person nomination limit.
  • Blaze991Blaze991 Registered User Posts: 634 Member
    Since we aren't the admissions committee, we can't tell you exactly why there is a four person limit. If you want to get the official answer, you ought to contact admissions directly.

    What NorCalDad did communicate is the fact that it is an extremely selective program, and therefore it is unlikely that there are truly four viable candidates that are actively interested in Emory at any one Atlanta HS. In other words, it's unlikely the limit on nominations would ever be influential.

    I'll speculate..

    In fact, one of the few times the limitation would ever be influential is precisely at an Atlanta school. Therefore, it is reasonable to believe that the limitation is in place to specifically cut down on the applications and admits from the local area.

    ESP is aimed not only at enrolling awesome students, but also at enrolling diverse students. Why take five applicants from Atlanta with 1550 SAT's when you could take the same quality from diverse locations throughout America. Geographical diversity is important to elite colleges.

    In short, Atlanta students probably do have a slight disadvantage. However, there are extra scholarship opportunities that are for just Georgia or Atlanta residents, which could be another reason that Atlanta schools are slightly discrimminated against for ESP. Emory wants them to pursue these scholarships instead of ESP.

    I don't know. I'm just guesisng here. In the end, that's just the way it is.
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