Some of the info in this thread regarding Presidential scholars nominations is misleading or misunderstood. Case in point:
For several years, my son's school has had more than one nominee, of the same gender. So, it is not a "one boy and one girl" nomination process from schools. In fact, I don't think school nominations play in to the vast majority of these initial nominees at all. I do know all nominees from DP Jr's school in recent years had 36 comp ACT scores.
My post is not mean to point fingers. I definitely don't have all the facts and details on the program. My point is this is not a popular, nor well documented nor well understood thing. And with the three ways of nomination (arts, CTE, General) things get confusing fast.
I do know these two things:
1) Its a wonderful and rare honor to be nominated.
2) It would take a lot of additional work and an incredible student to advance to the trip to Washington D.C. ! No more than 161 from across the country. Wow!
The first real disappointing news has arrived at the Puddy household, in the form of a deferral from the University of Chicago.
Given the selectivity, and the factors that we know they weight, it is not surprising, but still hard to stomach for a "NMF" kid with a 36 comp ACT. The phrase "I'd rather have been rejected" or one like it was muttered. There has been minimal gnashing of teeth, but extensive moping of feet, chin, and shoulders.
We'll need to have a sit down, with cooler heads, and see what is next. Knowing the sometimes fickle and fragile mind of a teenager, I can say "at least it's not finals week" .... OH WAIT YES IT IS!
@bogeyorpar and @DisneyMom99
It is important to note that the Trinity scholarships use a recalculated and unweighted core GPA:
"Core GPAs are recalculated on an unweighted 4.0 scale using the student’s core academic courses (English, math, science, social science, and foreign language) completed in high school."
I think it is fairly "automatic" without explicitly saying so. But, any time there is recalculation and interpretation (What's science, is the engineering class? etc) you should be careful about considering it automatic.
I have been away for a while: part "decompression" and part "nothing new to report, nothing pending". I decided to wade back in and read some updates, and I am sorry to hear of the disappointments folks may be receiving. I am sure it will all work out for those high achievers, and I am encouraged that there are still some successes and new opportunities in the midst of temporary disappointment.
DP Jr. has one final application with a Jan 1 deadline. I think he is on track for it, and at the same time, I am also not sure how motivated any of us are for the school anyway. If he doesn't submit it, I won't be shocked.
We are pretty firmly in the massive waiting game mode now, and will be for some time! Private Scholarship, School acceptance, Competitive School Scholarships, Program applications, a bunch of items out there with the only thing we can apply to them being 'time".