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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
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SAT: 720 math
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Securing Merit Scholarships?

Hey fellow high schoolers, I'm looking for ways to reduce my college expenses and I've been focusing on merit scholarships. How do you secure one? Any tips on finding and applying for the right scholarship opportunities?

7 months ago

Hi there! It's awesome that you're taking steps to explore merit scholarships as a way to cut down on college costs. Here are some helpful tips to guide you in finding and applying for the right opportunities:

1. Research: Start by exploring scholarships available at the colleges you're applying to. Every college has different merit scholarship offerings that can be found on their financial aid websites. You can also check out resources like CollegeVine, Fastweb, and Scholarships.com to find merit scholarships based on your specific achievements, test scores, or interests.

2. Academic Excellence: Many merit scholarships are awarded based on academic achievements, so maintaining a strong GPA and high SAT/ACT scores can increase your eligibility for these scholarships.

3. Extracurricular Involvement: Having a highly-developed specialty (also known as a 'spike') or demonstrating leadership in extracurricular activities can make your application more appealing to scholarship committees. Remember, quality is more important than quantity!

4. Essay Writing: Many scholarships require an essay, so make sure to give yourself ample time to write, revise, and perfect your essay. Having a strong essay can make you stand out among other applicants and showcase your unique experiences and interests.

Best of luck in your search for merit scholarships!

7 months ago

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