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Question about AES scholarships

SybelleSybelle Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
I've been accepted already, and if I receive an AES award, I should receive notification approximately one to three weeks by now. (It's been three since I got accepted.)

However, I'm very confused about the GPAs that are listed on the scholarship page: the highest one is a 5.187! Obviously they aren't using a standard GPA or even a regular weighted one, since those cap off at 5.0 if one were to take all AP/honors courses all four years of high school...
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Replies to: Question about AES scholarships

  • HerasilHerasil Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    I wouldn't worry about the GPA part. They probably should have reported the average unweighted GPA. I guess most of the people they give AES awards to go to schools that have really weird GPA scales. The SAT scores (which I assume are on a 1600 scale) aren't very high compared to how impossibly high we think the GPAs are.

    The admissions people will probably compare our GPA to our class rank, which gives a better comparison than if they compared it to the mean GPA for the awards.
  • SybelleSybelle Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    Thanks for the reply! Yes, I was confused about how the SAT scores compare as well, and I do wish that they had reported the GPAs on a standard unweighted scale. (Or at least on a 5-point scale, if they felt they really needed to weight the GPAs!)
    I do recall reading in one member's post that some Texas high schools weight honors/AP courses to a 6, not a 5, so perhaps UT is using that scale for their AES awards?
  • HerasilHerasil Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    In case anyone else is waiting on the AES notification, UTD has updated their AES page and wrote "The AES review and award process for freshmen who have been admitted for Fall 2012 will begin in December 2011. If you have already been admitted for Fall 2012 and qualify for an AES award, you will be notified by the Office of Undergraduate Education by mail in December." Also, they modified the awards from last year's by removing the housing part and adding $1k stipend instead of the housing, which should be exciting for people who weren't going to use the housing part anyways. December is tomorrow so the wait is almost over.
  • mm367831mm367831 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I got my AES scholarship info in the mail today...do they only send you one AES offer?
  • HerasilHerasil Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    @mm367831 - That's great that you just got yours! And yes you only get 1 AES offer. I'm still waiting on mine. Does anyone know if they also send you mail if you don't get anything?
  • fm2012fm2012 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Hi mm367831,

    Do you mind sharing which scholarship you got - Acheivement, Distinction or Honors. Also if you could please post your academic details such as SAT scores and GPA etc., that would help a lot of people on this forum that are planning to apply to UTD this year.

    Thanks!
  • sbjdorlosbjdorlo Registered User Posts: 4,814 Senior Member
    How do these scholarships work? If my son's a McDermott semi-finalist, is he not eligible for these other scholarships?
  • HerasilHerasil Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    I just got my AES award in the mail! In case this information is useful to anyone, here are my stats:

    Scholarship: Honors
    SAT: 1500 (1600 scale), 2140 (2400 scale)
    ACT: 35
    Class rank: 2 out of 493
    GPA (weighted): 4.580
  • bigreddawgiebigreddawgie Registered User Posts: 2,157 Senior Member
    sdjdorlo, you son will still be considered for AES scholarships. They're separate. What happens is your son will get the AES scholarship in the mail soon. Then your son interviews for Mcdermott if he is invited to finalist weekend. If your son ends up not getting mcdermott, your son will still have the aes scholarship.
  • sbjdorlosbjdorlo Registered User Posts: 4,814 Senior Member
    Thanks, bigred. Is the AES a set amount or does it vary based on stats? It wasn't really clear to me on the website.
  • bigreddawgiebigreddawgie Registered User Posts: 2,157 Senior Member
    it varies by stats. the highest award is the "honors." i think they changed the aes stuff recently.
  • sbjdorlosbjdorlo Registered User Posts: 4,814 Senior Member
    My son still hasn't received anything. We're in California.
  • heavenlyhostessheavenlyhostess Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Sbjdorlo. My son received a letter today. I actually called late last week and the AES office said that they were sending another batch at the end of last week. So maybe you'll hear soon. We are in Dallas. BTW, I'm doing the happy dance--he received the Honors scholarship. :-)
  • sbjdorlosbjdorlo Registered User Posts: 4,814 Senior Member
    Congratulations, heavenlyhostess and herasil!

    My son did finally get his award today and got the honors, as well. :-) Now, he'll wait to see if he's a McDermott finalist.

    UTD is quite a generous school!!
  • HerasilHerasil Registered User Posts: 156 Junior Member
    Thank you! Congrats to both of you, too! And yes, UTD is indeed very generous and I'm really happy for that. Today I checked the AES page again, and they have updated it and posted the current averages of SAT scores of people who received each AES award. It seems that they have gone up significantly. I'm glad they didn't post the average GPAs (but they might do it later), because that was kind of confusing.
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