If my unweighted GPA is a 3.65, is there anyway I can get a scholarship anywhere?Answered
I am really smart but I wasn't my Freshman year and it ruined my cumulative GPA, I have really big goals for college but no money
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I believe you absolutely can earn Scholarship money from schools. For one, some schools consider merit-based scholarships (those earned by GPA and SAT/ACT) through a probability-table type thing. To understand what I mean by this, remember “times tables” from third grade math (lol)? Well, one side of that probability table is GPA and the other is SAT/ACT; hence, the range for GPA could be something like 3.0-3.49 next to 3.5-3.99 next to 4.0-4.49 next to 4.5+. And the SAT/ACT would be on a gradual scale as well. So say you scored a 1300 SAT (I believe you will) and your GPA of 3.65, with this, depending on the school of course, you’ll fall into an intermediate range for merit Scholarships.
From my home state WV, West Virginia University provides a visual graph of what I mean. Use this as an example: (https://admissions.wvu.edu/cost-and-aid/scholarship-chart)
What to type into google for search of your intended School: “[your school here] merit scholarships”
Note: Some schools (presumably elite) will do this from 3.5-4.5+ while others may do a scale from 2.5 or 3.0-4.0+
Hope this helped somewhat, also, remember to file FAFSA and CSS for need-based financial aid—Best of luck!!
Since you have such strong ECs in figure skating and hockey, I think you should apply to colleges that have a strong presence in those sports that are also competitive with academics as well. I'm attaching a link to the US Figure skating list of colleges and coach contacts. Schools out of state like Miami U. in Ohio, Boston University, William and Mary, University of Maryland, Connecticut College, Colgate, etc would be a good fit for you. The PDF contains a grid of all intercollegiate teams. My thought process is that you love skating and that's your big spike, so you should figure out which schools might be a good fit. I think you have many scholarship opportunities but remember that if you are applying for merit, the harder the school is you apply, the fewer merit opportunities there are since everyone is super smart. For instance, Cornell or U Mich might be a far reach and no merit. But U of Miami Ohio may give you a combination of Merit for your GPA and need-based money based on you filling out the CSS Profile and FAFSA. You still will have to do work-study and possibly take out some loans but you will be out of Idaho doing what you love at more competitive colleges. (Anecdotally, I have a skater friend who just graduated from the University of Maryland and loved it).
Best of luck to you.
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