Central Pennsylvania, competitive public high school ( top 20 in the state ),
US Citizen, Female, African American
Intended Major(s): Neuroscience with a Pre-Med or Pre-Health program
GPA: 3.8uw, 4.1w with strong upward trend
School Rank: N/A, school doesn’t rank
Test Scores: SAT - 1350.
I had limited prep for my first SAT, so I know I can do much better when I retake in August. May also apply test optional to some schools.
All Honors classes except in Math
AP Courses: ( including 12 grade ): Psychology, Chemistry, US History, European History, Biology, Macro Economics
CHS Courses: Communication, Spanish IV, Human Anatomy
(received scores of 93 or higher on my college transcript )
Young Artist Award
National Honors Society
Various awards from Speech & Debate Competitions
Summer Honors Program at state flagship ( 2019 & 2021, program canceled for 2020 )
Youth Camp Counselor
Provide on-going tutoring for a set of foster kids
Speech and Debate Team Member
Shadowing a physician
Avid soccer player, although I gave up playing for my travel team at the start of COVID
Church Volunteer for the last 6 years
Art - I feel the need to paint, draw, or create something every day
Will have LORs from a research professor that I worked under during the summer and a physician that I shadowed.
Cost Constraints / Budget
My parents can afford to spend $25k per year. With stafford loan + work study, I can raise the amount to around 32k per year.
That’s all I have so far. The other schools I researched either don’t offer merit aid or lack Neuroscience as a major.
**What I’m looking for in a school **
* A school that offers my intended major, Neuroscience
* Flexible for setting, but it would be great if the school offered something off-campus that’s in walking distance, like a movie theater or good vegan restaurant
* Would prefer a school with less than 3000 students, but it doesn’t have to be a LAC.
* A strong pre-med or pre-health program, one that actually assists students in obtaining research and clinical experience
* Would like to be within 4-5 hours driving distance from central PA
* A school without a large greek presence
The biggest issue I am facing is a lack of transparency in merit aid. My parents make too much money to qualify for Need Based Aid, but they don’t make enough money to pay the full cost that many of the NPCs calculate for me.
And the schools that are often mentioned on CC as “good schools for merit” aren’t really forthcoming as to what stats students need to earn a reasonable scholarship.
Thank you in advance.