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Should I apply for the QuestBridge scholarship?

fsa99fsa99 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
I recently got an email to apply for the QB scholarship and I've heard great things about this program, but I have no idea how competitive it is to be a finalist. My stats include:

GPA - 3.6 UW; 3.71 W

Average grade percent average - 93

Class rank - Top 20% in a class size of 700+

I have taken and will take 13 AP classes

AP English Lang: 4
AP Human: 4
AP US History: 5
AP World History: 5

First time - Math: 610; R/W: 630
Second time - Math: 640; R/W: 610
* Will take my last SAT in August. Scores come out on September 20th, so before the Questbridge due date. Should I wait to send my scores then? I'm very optimistic about achieving a better score since the first two times don't reflect my full capabilities.


President of Model United Nations (debate, political club)
- Won honorable mention for best delegate and two awards for best position paper at regional competitions
- Attended SUSMUN conference as well
- 3 years

Science Olympiad
- Won third place in hydrogeology for the Rockdale Magnet School regionals.
- 3 years.

Beta Club
- Volunteer club with admission based upon GPA. I helped my school with setting up for games.

- Helped out on weekend for several hours at my dad's convenience store/gas station and stocked shelves throughout high school

Marjaan Basketball Tournament
- Volunteered to help my cousin, co-founder, set up and run a basketball tournament each year to help Muslim youth of Atlanta play competitive basketball at Emory University's gym. Kept score and set up games.

Double major in finance and accounting, study at Emory, work in consulting/investment banking/management for at least a decade and eventually go into politics.

Other things you should know about me:

My parents are immigrants from Bangladesh with a high school diploma from there. My mom is now a stay-at-home mom and my dad is a small business owner. Combined household income is ~100k. I'm the first in my family to attend college, so my parents have always made school a big deal for me.

I know my stats aren't quite "elite school material", but I do have motivation and the drive to be the best that I can be, whether that is taking the most AP classes and doing well on the exam or devoting a lot of my free time to ECs. The question is: is it worth applying to the Questbridge Scholarship? Thank you all for any consideration and advice given!

Replies to: Should I apply for the QuestBridge scholarship?

  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 21,124 Super Moderator
    How many people are in your immediate family? At 100k you may be over the income guidelines
  • fsa99fsa99 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    edited August 2017
    Just my mom, my dad, my younger brother, and I. And I believe QB does not have an income cutoff, but they strongly look at applicants with incomes <65k?
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 21,124 Super Moderator
    edited August 2017

    Financial Qualifications
    Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a family of four, and often less. This is not a strict cut-off and we encourage students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship to review these financial details carefully to see if they may qualify.


    While your scores are a little low for Emory, if admitted, you may be eligible for the Emory Advantage

    Emory Advantage is Emory University's financial aid initiative to help students from families with annual total incomes of $100,000 or less who demonstrate a need for financial aid. The program reduces the amount of money borrowed to pay for an undergraduate Emory degree. The goal is to make an Emory education attainable for any qualified student, regardless of income.

  • CottonTalesCottonTales Registered User Posts: 568 Member
    Generally 60k is the cutoff,so you wouldn't be eligible.
  • CottonTalesCottonTales Registered User Posts: 568 Member
    edited August 2017
    @sybbie719, even with a larger family, QB doesn't take that into account, unfortunately.
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 21,124 Super Moderator
    @CottonTales, ITA with you, that Op's income may make OP ineligible for Questbridge. I just wanted Op to see what QB actually states.

    I think that Op should sit with his/her parent and run their numbers through the net price calculator to see if Emory is a financially feasible option for their family.
  • fsa99fsa99 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
    @sybbie719 Thank you for the information; I wasn't aware about the Emory Advantage program. Really, I want to attend Emory for its superior finance and accounting rankings and because it's close to home, but the tuition is ridiculously high and that's why I was looking at QB.

    Should I drop QB but apply directly to Emory instead? I think I can raise my score to at least a 1320. My grades, rigor and ECs seem fine, however.
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 21,124 Super Moderator
    edited August 2017
    right now your CR/Math are below the 25th percentile.


    You can also go to the emory forum to look at the profiles of people who posted on CC to see who was accepted denied or waitlisted.

    Sorry that I missed this in my previous posts...
    Since your dad owns a business, the net price calculator will not be accurate for your situation (it will definitely make you ineligible for Questbridge). This is also going to be a factor as to whether you will be eligible for Emory advantage

    I can't tell you whether or not to apply or through what methods you should apply. If you don't you have a 100% chance of not being accepted. However you need to make sure that you have a true safety where you can be admitted and will be a financially feasible option for your family.
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