Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3417 Most academic scholarships are awarded to students who have a 3.5+ GPA and high ACT/SAT scores. Of course, the higher a student’s GPA, class rank, and test scores, the greater the scholarship opportunities. While grade point average, class rank, and test scores are very important, scholarships are most often awarded to students who are also involved in school and community activities. Scholarship committees specifically look for depth of commitment (e.g., four years on the debate or soccer team), involvement in meaningful activities (volunteering at a local food bank or animal shelter), and evidence of leadership (captain of a team, president of a club, chairman of a committee). In order to learn about an applicant’s character, scholarship committees often require letters of recommendation from high school counselors, teachers, and/or principals. Academic scholarships Most academic scholarships are awarded by the individual colleges. Because colleges award scholarships to their best applicants, students are more likely to receive an academic scholarship if they are in the top 25% of the students applying. A student is also more likely to receive an academic scholarship from a private college. Lucinda’s scholarship offers Lucinda had a 3.9 GPA and very high SAT scores. She applied to an Ivy League college, a private university, and a state university. She also completed scholarship applications for each of these colleges. Lucinda was accepted at all three colleges.Her first choice, the Ivy League college, offered her no financial aid other than loans. The state university offered her a $3,000 scholarship, and the private university offered her a $10,000 scholarship. Not wanting to take out the loans she would need in order to go to the Ivy League college, Lucinda decided to accept the $10,000 scholarship offered by the private university.