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Merit based full ride scholarships for high achieving students
My daughter wanted to find a full ride academic scholarship for college. We found it difficult to ferret out the best merit based scholarships and we were surprised to find that many required applications as early as October of the senior year in high school. Not knowing this, we had already missed many of the deadlines by the time we found the scholarships during her senior year. This section of the web site contains the info we discovered, which is posted so others won't have to spend all the time researching that we did. I'm starting with three and I'll keep writing them up and adding them until they are all online, so check back weekly for new additions. If you know of a scholarship that should be listed here, please send the name of the scholarship and the web site address to our web master at ???. We will do a write up and add it to the list. All of these scholarships are extremely competitive and are solely merit based. Only super star students need apply. FYI - my daughter got a full tuition scholarship, and several smaller scholarships to cover room, board, and books.
The Wells Scholars Program - “Accredited high schools in Indiana and selected high schools from other states are invited to nominate up to two students from the senior class for the Wells Scholarship.
Schools are encouraged to nominate students who have shown exceptional qualities of character and leadership, have been significantly involved in extracurricular activities, have demonstrated a concern for their community, and have excelled in terms of class rank, grade point average, and performance on standardized tests. In the past, successful nominees have typically ranked in the top 5% of their class, have compiled a GPA of 3.9 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have scored 1350 or higher on the combined SAT Critical Reading and Mathematics tests or 31 (composite) or higher on the ACT, and have shown a pattern of serious commitment to one or more activities outside of class.”
As your student’s counselor a homeschooler may request a nomination packet.
“Late August: Nomination packets are mailed to all eligible high schools.
Early October: Received by deadline for submitting nominations. See nomination packet for exact date.
Mid-November: Approximately 50 finalists are selected for interviews; all nominees are notified of their status.
First weekend in December: Required interviews of finalists at IU Bloomington.
Late December: Notification of status mailed to each finalist. Eighteen to 22 Wells Scholars will be selected from the finalist group.”
Duke University/UNC-Chapel Hill
Robertson Scholars Program - “The resources of two renowned universities. The benefit of three unique summer experiences. The advantage of individual mentoring and coaching. A community of hundreds of fellow scholars. The promise of thousands of opportunities for personal leadership development. The Robertson Scholars Program is more than a scholarship; it is your passage to endless possibilities.”
Application deadline is Dec of your senior year in high school.
Morehead-Cain Scholarship - “Scholars bring the potential. We set it free. We fund. We connect. We encourage. On occasion we question. Sometimes we guide. Frequently we get out of the way. What we don’t do is dictate. The Morehead-Cain is a Program proven to develop leaders in a framework intentionally nimble. We provide a net, then let Scholars go, giving them the trust and freedom to pursue their own interests, mine their own potential, determine their own sphere of influence, and have their own impact.”
“Decades of experience have developed a singular expertise - pinpointing impact amid a sea of promise. The process is rigorous, the result is this: a small, select community of discernible influence. Morehead-Cain Scholars are driven leaders possessing the rare combination of potential, principle, and purpose, who seek - and receive - more from their undergraduate experience than academic achievement alone.”
“To be eligible for nomination through UNC’s Admissions Referral Program (ARP), out-of-state and international students must apply to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by October 15, of your senior year. Carolina’s admissions office reviews applications received by that date and submits a small number to the Morehead-Cain for consideration for the incoming class.
Those students nominated through the ARP and chosen by the Morehead-Cain selection committee to compete for the scholarship will be notified on Friday, December 16, 2011.
Completed Morehead-Cain applications for ARP nominees are due no later than January 2, 2012.”
You can put a cover letter with your application requesting the admissions office to please consider you for submission to the Morehead-Cain Scholarship.
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