Academic Awards

<p>Whats up. I'm a HS Sophomore. I want to go Ivy league or top LAC. With admission being competitive. Do u guys know of any prestigous awards they may look good on my app. Also include summer programs</p>

<p>Well, it's always impressive to say you've won a Noble prize...and the Pulitzer looks good too. ;)</p>

<p>Seriously, best place to get info. is to check with your guidance office - they usually have info. on these types of things. It's impossible for us to "recommend" awards without really knowing you...but here's a link to Johns Hopkins Center for Talent Youth that lists some possibilities:</p>

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<p>Which sport? Are you an All American in your sport? That's a credible award that will get you noticed by Ivy league schools....</p>

<p>Seriously, awards are given to people who find excellence as they pursue something they love. Take the thing you love to the highest level and you might earn the award you covet.</p>

<p>Why do you want to go to Ivy League?</p>

<p>how much will ap national scholar help?</p>

<p>Just do what you love. Tell us some of your interests and we can tell you about things you'd be interested in. </p>

<p>I'll just throw in this scholarship website while I'm at it:
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<p>They have awards for just about everything: community service, research, for duct-tape dresses, for speaking Klingon... Whatever suits your fancy. </p>

<p>If you are interested in Klingon, this website might enlighten you: <a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p>


<p>AP Awards: <a href=""&gt;;/a> </p>

<p>Ah, I'm not sure how wonderful AP Nat'l Award is because I'm not sure how many usually get it. </p>

<p>Usually, any Nat'l awards are great. </p>

<p>Is the Ivy League really that important? You should read some of Northstarmom's posts. </p>

<p>Just try your best. Do what you love. If you excel, then wonderful; you might be able to garner some awards.</p>

<p>A few of the top summer programs:
1) RSI
2) USA_O
3) Telluride</p>

<p>"They have awards for just about everything: community service, research, for duct-tape dresses, for speaking Klingon... Whatever suits your fancy."</p>

<p>The girl who was Val at our high school the year previous to my daughter, actually won that duct tape prom dress award I think. I recall reading about it, I kid you not. Not sure it helped her get into college, seeing as that she did not get into any of her schools but her safety school. </p>

<p>I would not go looking for awards to win. Rather I would strive to excel and achieve (which might include awards) within whatever your fields of interest or activities are. If you are active in a certain activity, learn what there is to go for within that activity. Start at a regional level, work up to a state level and then beyond if you can.</p>

<p>I agree with Soozievt - starting with a list of awards is going at it backwards. Get highly involved and strive for excellence in a couple of areas you are good at, and you will naturally find out what opportunities and recognition are available in those particular areas.</p>

<p>How are you going to win any awards if you can't write in full sentences?</p>


<p>What is USA_O award? Do you have a web site?</p>

<p>I was typing about the USABO, USAChO, USACO, USAPhO, and USAMO teams. (Did I miss one?) I know for the USABO, your school has to register to offer the test. I think it costs $75? I'm not sure. Anyway, here's the website for the biology one: <a href=""&gt;;/a> </p>

<p>There are a series of tests that you take and if you make it through, you're invited to the national finals. For the USABO, 20 kids make it and 4 are chosen to represent the US at the IBO. I don't know about how the other ones work. </p>

<p>The old forums have a wealth of information. Try finding some of Texas137's posts.</p>

<p>(If I'm incorrect about something, please mention it!)</p>

<p>Thanks i am familar with USABO ...... etc.</p>

<p>If you are a recruited athlete, SAT scores of 1400 should do the trick.</p>

<p>My opinion, forget striving for awards and strive to "stand out." For example, write some op-ed pieces for your local newspaper and hope they get published. Publish an article of merit in a magazine. Write a book, If you are into music, write a new musical pieice. Win a national olympiad such as in physics. If you are into science, try to invent something and get a patent.If you are an artist, try to get your work reviewed or get it into a gallary. </p>

<p>Also, make friends with the admissions people. Calling with good insightful questions that aren't answered on the web site will make you stand out. If you don't have a really outgoing personality, have your parents talk to these people. It is amazing,but a little "buttering up" can go a long way if you do it nicely and don't appear to be phony. </p>

<p>I have met some admissions officers and struck up a nice conversation about their kids and their lives. They then open up to me with a lot of direct "inside" advice.</p>

<p>As far as awards, everyone seems to have credentials such as editor of newspaper, sports participation, president of student class etc. I would think that having some credentials that admissions officers rarely see, would make you stand out.
I think you get the idea.</p>