As we get set to turn the calendar to April and move closer to the May 1 college enrollment deadline, we’re receiving many questions from accepted students as they move closer to making their college decision. The topic of merit scholarships is one area we’ve heard a lot of questions about, so I wanted to address some of the more common ones we’ve received:
How are academic merit scholarships awarded?
Academic merit scholarships are awarded based on a student’s application for admission, and the review process is primarily focused on a student’s academic credentials (curriculum, grades achieved, class rank if provided, test scores if submitted). Generally speaking, this year’s merit scholars exhausted the academic challenge available to them in their high school environments (reached the highest level course offered – usually AP/IB classes – in all core academic subject areas) and achieved nearly a straight-A “unweighted” average throughout high school that put them at the top of their classes. Students who received an academic merit scholarship were notified in their acceptance packet, and there was no separate application required.
If I received a merit scholarship, is it possible to appeal for a higher-level award?
No, all merit scholarship awards are final decisions. There is no “merit appeal process” here at PC. We make the best merit scholarship offers that we can up front, and do not have additional merit resources at this time to adjust the level of awards.
If I didn’t receive a merit scholarship in my acceptance packet, is it possible to appeal for one now?
No. As noted in the response to the previous question, we offer all of the merit scholarships that we have to the students who qualify when acceptance letters are released. There are no additional merit scholarships available.
How many students were offered an academic merit scholarship?
In this year’s process, about 26% of accepted students were offered an academic merit scholarship.
Would you reconsider the amount of my merit scholarship based on awards I received from other colleges and universities?
We don’t. We’ve had a number of students send us copies of merit scholarships they’ve received from other schools asking us if we would match their awards, but this is not something that we do here at PC. Remember, every college is awarding its merit scholarships based on the context of its own applicant pool. When we make our merit scholarship offers, we’re doing so based on the academic credentials of the 10,000+ students who have applied to PC this year.
Do I need to do anything special to accept my merit scholarship at PC?
Make sure you complete the Enrollment Reservation Form included in your acceptance packet and the Scholarship Agreement Form (if applicable to your particular award: the Albertus Magnus Scholarship, St. Joseph Scholarship, St. Catherine of Siena Scholarship, St. Thomas Aquinas Scholarship, and St. Dominic Scholarship all have a Scholarship Agreement Form that was included on the left-hand side of your acceptance folder) and return them and your enrollment deposit by the May 1 deadline. And congratulations on making your college decision!