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Any merit scholarships for a 3.5 kid?

chb088chb088 932 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 963 Member
So we’re applying for a few outside scholarships but don’t want to waste our time. How likely is it that a kid with a 4.4/3.4, 1350 SAT, and a lot of good ECs and Service would actually get any of these? It seems as though nothing will come his way unless he was a top student.
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  • mommdcmommdc 11256 replies30 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 11,286 Senior Member
    It depends. Check with your high school about local scholarship opportunities.

    But those are usually smaller amounts and often not renewable.

    The best scholarships come from colleges directly.

    Did your child apply to any schools that would give him merit?

    Lots of catholic colleges and LACs would give merit for those stats. Also some public schools.
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  • sybbie719sybbie719 20652 replies1977 discussionsSuper Moderator Posts: 22,629 Super Moderator
    you have pretty much summed it up. The biggest scholarships comes from the colleges themselves. Keep in mind many outside scholarships are one time only. You really have to think about how you/your family will finance college over the course of 4 years
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 8573 replies315 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 8,888 Senior Member
    Do the schools your son applied to allow you to stack aid? Some colleges reduce the aid they offer if a student brings in outside scholarships.
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  • texaggietexaggie 183 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 192 Junior Member
    Guessing you are asking about Merit Scholarship? 1350 is top 5-6% of all HS testers in U.S., likely GPA/Ranking and similar EC, you are competing with 100,000 students.

    I would look at bottom $ (Average Net Price) not the scholarship.

    scenario: two local colleges, one gives my D 80K for 4 years and one doesn't. When you calculate Total ANP, we are paying 40K more with scholarship.
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids 83932 replies1004 discussionsForum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 84,936 Forum Champion
    Did he apply to schools that would give a lot of merit for those stats? If not, and you need merit to afford college, then look for schools that will still award merit....maybe UToledo, miss state Univ, UAH, UAB, etc.

    Others can chime in with some more ideas.

    The private awards that you’re looking at are likely for one year, freshman year only.... :(

    What is his major and career goal and what do you need his net cost to be?
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  • coolguy40coolguy40 1934 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,936 Senior Member
    Try Auburn, Alabama, SUU, and Wyoming. Those schools are the most generous for out of state students as far as I know. Also try some private schools like SMU, and TCU. You'll be surprised how much need based aid they can offer. Just log your financial aid info into the net price calculator.
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  • chb088chb088 932 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 963 Member
    Looking for NOT school specific.
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  • lvvcsflvvcsf 2288 replies57 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,345 Senior Member
    edited February 2018
    Most outside scholarships will be local ones. He will be competing with others in the area so it can be a challenge to get them. Other outside scholarships are very competitive and very time consuming. They are also fairly small in comparison to the overall COA. As others have mentioned the most scholarship money will come from the schools themselves. On the whole the higher ranked your student is to the incoming class the better. Looking at directionals or mid tier publics and privates will garner your student a better chance for scholarships than flagships or selective privates. Your child has good stats and should be able to find schools that would offer him/her scholarship money. You may need to look at less selective universities. The good news is they can still be very good universities.
    edited February 2018
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  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 12503 replies231 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 12,734 Senior Member
    Definitely look locally - the GC's office, google your city or county name +scholarships. My kids got several (one was a 4 year if she kept a certain gpa), and all were sponsored by our town, our county or the larger city nearby.

    We're lucky in that our county has a common app of sorts run by the county foundation that is a clearinghouse for lots of local scholarships. Students can plug in and see what they qualify for then input their basic info once, with some essay or financial supplements for certain ones.
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  • chb088chb088 932 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 963 Member
    We’re already in the University. Just looking to fill a $3k gap. Applied for Good Citizen, and trying for one thru work. Just wondering about any others.
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  • NJRoadieNJRoadie 589 replies28 discussionsForum Champion Rowan, Forum Champion TCNJ Posts: 617 Forum Champion
    My daughter worked for 3 years setting up a list of outside scholarships to apply for. She had grades similar to your child, with excellent volunteer (raised 3 Seeing Eye puppies, among others) and leadership. Great recommendations, engaging essays. She is not a minority nor are we poor.

    She ultimately brought in 8,000, and has since added to that total by winning additional scholarships at the departmental level in college.

    That was with all that prep work and hitting every deadline. It is not an easy way to pay for college. We did feel it was great return on investment - she also learned a lot about project and time management - so win win :) Still it was no slam dunk way to pay all college expenses, and I still want to laugh every time I hear a clueless person say "There are so many scholarships that are so easy to get!"

    From her experience I can tell you most of the scholarship applications are closed by now. In our area local ones were just opening and applications due by early March.

    Are you trying to fill a 3K gap times 4 years (12K total) ?
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  • chb088chb088 932 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 963 Member
    Well maybe $3k Times 2 years. Yeah it seems local ones are just now opening. They all wanted first semester transcripts, which are available starting 2/12!
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  • glidoglido 5959 replies25 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 5,984 Senior Member
    Oh yeah - apply to Arizona State . . . go devils!
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  • chb088chb088 932 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 963 Member
    LOL, some of you aren’t reading. He’s already been accepted to his university. Looking for outside scholarships. I guess we’ll focus on local ones.
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  • 3goldensmom3goldensmom 33 replies0 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    Local civic groups are worth a try... a couple $1,000 or $1,500 scholarships would fill your gap. Down side is that these are usually one-time awards. I used to read scholarship applications for a local group... sometimes candidates with high grades and scores made the cut, but sometimes it was the kids with work experience or meaningful community service or leadership.
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  • mommdcmommdc 11256 replies30 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 11,286 Senior Member
    Does he have a summer job and on campus part time job?

    Did he already take his student loan?
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  • chb088chb088 932 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 963 Member
    He starts college in the fall. We are planning on the $3500 Loan and a 10-15 hour a week work study.
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  • chercheurchercheur 1294 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,303 Senior Member
    Check the websites of surrounding high schools (public and private) - most of them will likely have a college and career section which will list current and upcoming scholarships. We found out about additional local scholarships that way. Be careful of competitions at the national level that aren't well know ... they are really just data gatherers posing as scholarship competitions. Again, just my opinion.
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  • thumper1thumper1 73351 replies3190 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 76,541 Senior Member
    edited February 2018
    If all else fails, he can take $2000 additional Direct Loan but it won’t be subsidized.

    Did he receive work study as part of his financial aid award?

    Also, he should be able to earn at least $1000 working this summer...and that will help for expenses when college starts. If he gets a work study job, it could be weeks before he sees his first earnings after the fall term starts.
    edited February 2018
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  • mommdcmommdc 11256 replies30 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 11,286 Senior Member
    Your reply above made it sound like he was a current college student.

    There might still be time to apply to other more affordable schools if he is a high school senior.

    But yes, he should try and earn money this summer, and do work study during the semester (but that money is earned as he works, so not available when the first bill is due). And he can borrow up to $5,500 a year in student loans.
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