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Merit Aid at George Washington University

cram545cram545 Registered User Posts: 124 Junior Member
I am trying to narrow down my college list by cost. I will probably not qualify for any financial aid, and I wanted to know details about the merit scholarships at GW (i.e. amount) and the likelihood that I would qualify for them.

Replies to: Merit Aid at George Washington University

  • family_from_LIfamily_from_LI Registered User Posts: 164 Junior Member
    Hi cram545!

    Sometimes it depends on where you live (scholarships can be given out to attract students from places they don't have many students from) and sometimes it's your SAT/GPA - or if going score optional I would think a strong list of extracurriculars would be important too.

    My son was awarded the Presidential scholarship and they offered $24,000. I don't remember exactly at this point but I think he held a 96'ish average and 1450 on the SAT. He had 2 AP's (his school only offered AP's in senior year and seniors were only allowed to take 2), he had a job, volunteered with the nature conservancy, track all 4 years, science club, did an internship in a cancer lab over the summer at the end of his junior year, and published a book on Amazon. He didn't have a ridiculous amount of EC's or hundreds of hours of volunteering, but he did the same EC's all throughout high school and they were consistent with his interests (science).

    Good luck!



  • cram545cram545 Registered User Posts: 124 Junior Member
    Thanks! I have higher stats than your son, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
  • family_from_LIfamily_from_LI Registered User Posts: 164 Junior Member
    edited April 24
    @cram545 - one other thought: you should also double check on whether GWU considers interest during the admissions process as well. Unless a school specifically says that they don't consider "demonstrated interest" in their evaluation, it's a good idea to request information on the school using their website, sign up for a campus visit, maybe shoot your area's admission's counselor a "thoughtful" question (that you can't find an answer to online). You want to ensure that they understand that you're genuinely interested in the school.

    Otherwise you could have great stats and amazing extracurriculars, but if you show no interest beyond sending in an application, you may find yourself waitlisted or rejected if they suspect you're only using them as a safety for that "other" school in DC ;)
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