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Episode 37: Merit Awards: How Are They Granted?

March 7, 2022

Take a moment to consider what you're good at — an achievement you're most proud of, a skill you've spent years perfecting, or an activity or cause you've passionately pursued.

If you're a high school student on the track to college, there may be numerous merit scholarships out there for you.

Just like colleges and universities themselves, higher education scholarships are abundant and diverse. But unlike need-based financial aid, many of these merit awards don't consider a student's financial situation. Instead, they're doled out based on a student's accomplishments and talents — from academics, athletics and the arts to niche hobbies and interests.

But questions remain, like who qualifies, how do you apply, and does a merit-based scholarship have any effect on your need-based financial aid package? In this episode of College Admissions Insider, we'll answer those questions and more.

Our guest is Kevin Mathes, Bucknell's dean of admissions

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