Steps for Applying to College and Receiving a Merit Scholarship
Students should begin to apply to college the summer before their senior year. Prior to your senior year students should have taken the SAT and/or ACT, maintained a high GPA, taken honors, AP, and IB classes if offered, and have been involved within their school and community. Once you apply to college have your school counselor or registrar mail in your official transcripts, and officially send your SAT and/or ACT scores to your college. Know what the requirements are to get into your college including your GPA and required tests such as SAT, SAT Subject tests, ACT (including writing). Students should retake the SAT and/or ACT to meet the minimum requirements for admission, but may need to retake these exams to get into their college programs and to earn merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are automatically awarded to students with a high GPA, ACT/SAT scores and class rank. Many Colleges have a "scholarship estimator" link for students to use to better understand what they need in order to receive a merit scholarship. Students can ask their colleges to re-review them for a merit scholarship if your SAT and/or ACT, core GPA or class rank scores improve.