Merit Based Scholarships Essay

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My mom and dad always taught my brother and I about the importance of going to college to complete our education. My parents themselves never went to college, but worked hard to become upper middle class and always wondered “what if” they had received a college degree. When my brother applied to college, it proved much more difficult than he'd imagined to get the money to help him out, and now that I am planning on completing my college education in the near future, I am faced with the same difficulties. In some cases I am finding it even more difficult than my brother did to get the money I need for college. The sad thing is that in a country that preaches the importance of attaining higher education, many students cannot afford it, …show more content…
My brother attended college leaving my family in debt. Most importantly, my family lives in one of the more expensive areas in California. On paper, my family should be able to afford to send me to school. However, with all the above taken into account- we can't do it. This is one of the primary problems- the point at which you are needy but not needy enough. This is why many colleges create minimum requirements based off of test scores and grade point averages. Colleges use these as guidelines to view a snapshot of how a particular student will perform at their university. This would be an accurate way of judging a person if a few tests and numbers really described a student and their work ethic. There are many students of all financial backgrounds who work hard and excel at what they do. They are intelligent, passionate, and are generally what you would call “good students.” Some of these students have the study skills and habits necessary to do well on these tests that colleges are using. Other students may be just as intelligent and passionate, but not great at test taking or may not find the school environment so conducive to learning. These types of students often get overlooked and left out of the college admittance process or they get left out of the financial aid process because not only are they not needy enough, but they are also not smart enough according to the test scores. “15 percent of freshman enrolled at America's

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