Linda D. Stanley
October 31, 2011
The Benefits of Merit-based Scholarships
Merit-based scholarships are clearly beneficial for students and colleges alike. Students, no matter what their family’s financial background may be, have the option to still be able to get a college education by working hard through high school to receive merit-based scholarships, students are able to receive as many scholarships as they can get awarded, and can use leftover money from them to supplement and help with their living expenses while taking classes in college. These scholarships are also beneficial to colleges and universities because they ensure that an indefinite portion of students that enter their schools have and will work hard to receive reputable grade point averages. People sometimes disagree with those who support merit-based scholarships because they think that the money used to fund them would be better if used elsewhere.
Merit scholarships for students are awarded mostly for going above and beyond when it comes to school grade point averages and entry test scores, but are also sometimes given for things such as displays of exemplary leadership skills or prodigious musical talents. Students are eligible to be considered for Dean’s Scholarships by achieving what they consider to be academic excellence which is a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. This is the only thing you need to apply for consideration of this scholarship that averages a 7,000 dollar award, and can be renewed for three additional years. (Laurie G. Kirszner 139) A 3.0 grade point average is a respectable but reasonable request of a high school student and 7,000 dollars is a substantial amount to be awarded to someone who is just graduating high school.
Universities and colleges are able to use merit-based scholarships to help boost their overall school grade point average. By having students meet a specific grade point average to receive their...