Apparently I am a semifinalist for Georgia Tech’s Stamps/Gold Scholarship program. The program seems like a wonderful opportunity in every way imaginable and while I’m beyond excited and honored to have been nominated, I also want to make sure I know what I’m doing and don’t mess up what seems to me as one of the best opportunities out there for college applicants.
So I’m just wondering if anyone is familiar at all with the process, or would like to share their experience as a scholar/applicant.
Specifically with regards to the selection process, I’m wondering about the following things:
- They require a supplemental resume. Is it okay if some/most of its content is a repeat of my original application? I don’t want to be redundant if they’ve already read my application, but on the other hand, a resume seems to demand work/volunteer/extracurricular experience, so it would be hard to escape repeating the college application.
- Should I assume the people watching my pre-recorded interview have reviewed the original application and not repeat the experiences in my supplementals, or should I assume they have only the resume?
- What types of questions do they typically ask in the interview? Are they primarily going to be about me and who I am, or do they ask a lot about things happening relevant to my major and everything like that? I know the exact questions vary but I just want to know what to expect.
- Are first-semester senior grades taken into account for the scholarship? I’ve had straight A’s through school so far, and I’m hoping to end the semester with straight A’s again, but I don’t know for certain that I will. Grades are kind of a mess now with COVID anyway (half my school does things online and cheats and then we get no curve, but that’s just me whining), so I don’t know how much I’d be disadvantaged with 1-2 B’s that most semifinalists probably won’t have.
I have no idea where to go about these questions because I know everything is different this year. But if anyone has any insights, or has any experience in general with the process or the experience of being a GT scholar, I would really appreciate anything.