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Shot of AEP?

ahammondahammond Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
I'm currently a sophomore at a Catholic school in New Hampshire, despite being a resident of Massachusetts. Due to the general oppressive nature of my school, I'm currently considering two possibilities for next year: Mass. Academy of Math and Science, or Simon's Rock. After reading a lot, Simon's Rock is definitely more appealing to me. However, since my sister is currently in college, I'd have to get a significant scholarship to attend SRC. I was just curious as to what my "odds" of getting a scholarship award are with the following stats:

4.35 GPA and in full honors for my freshman and sophomore year.
2100 SAT score in 7th grade (I expect it to increase when I retake it)
Simultaneously taking two math classes
Participation in the Center for Talented Youth's gifted program for several years
Currently the head of the programming team for my FIRST Robotics team
Played school soccer for two years
Participated in every school drama production to date
Participated in Kenpo Karate at my local academy for 8 years
Miscellaneous community service through the years
And that about sums it up.

Demographically speaking, I'm male, and identify as American Indian (Sioux).

I understand it's impossible to gauge whether or not I'd receive any scholarships, but can anyone conjecture? :D
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Replies to: Shot of AEP?

  • 2bizee2bizee Registered User Posts: 499 Member
    Where in MA are you a resident? Because applicants from several counties of MA, NY, CT and VT that border Berkshire County are eligible for a special scholarship. If you aren't from Western Mass, I would still guess that you would be competitive for their merit scholarships.
  • simonsrocksimonsrock Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Great question and answer 2bizee!

    Ahammond, the AEP is a merit scholarship program that awards students based on academic and extracurricular achievement. These awards are on a sliding scale and range from a few thousand dollars up to the full cost of tuition. Most AEP award winners receive aid somewhere in between those two extremes.

    That being said, and as 2bizee pointed out, there is financial aid available beyond the AEP. Most students' financial aid packages are made up of a combination of merit awards, grants, need-based scholarships, and work study - as well as any outside, private monies they are awarded.

    Students sometimes make the mistake of expecting the AEP to be "The Scholarship" when it is really only one piece of the entire financial aid puzzle.

    No one can accurately predict the size of a financial aid package until the application is complete and the financial aid paperwork turned in. So, give it a shot - what do you have to lose?

    p.s. I work for the Office of Admission and can honestly say that we'd be happy to help you figure out the next steps! Be in touch (1-800-235-7186 or [email protected])
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