Is the GWU ED Scholarship Real? Or is it like Santa Claus?

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Stanzy1
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Is the GWU ED Scholarship Real? Or is it like Santa Claus?

Postby Stanzy1 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:52 pm

I emailed someone from the admissions council at GW and they said based on my 3.85 GPA, I would need to get "just above our median of 165 to be considered for this scholarship." I cannot find this to be possible, I know so many people, myself included, who would take this scholarship if scoring high 160s, which is just above their median. However, I have not seen one case where a person has received this full-ride ED scholarship. Theoretically, I think this is happening because of two reasons:

1. Their scores aren't high enough. (160-164)
2. If their scores ARE high enough, they typically don't apply for the GW ED program. (170+)

The highest scholarship offer I have seen at GW was just over $120k, I have seen this scholarship handed out several times. I am no mathematician, but tuition is over $46k per year at GW, over 3 years, equals to $138-140k. That being said, that is not a full ride.

Maybe these people just are not publicizing that they received the scholarship, but I just don't see how a 166,167, or 168 on the LSAT would grant a full ride here. And if people with these marginally high LSAT scores were being awarded this scholarship, wouldn't we have heard more about it?

Let me know your thoughts because I would love this scholarship, but I would only consider it if I scored between 165-169. If I am below 165 or higher than 169, I would believe this scholarship would be out of the statistical realm. I know I am not the only one having these thoughts, who else in the mid to high LSAT range are also considering this scholarship?

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Tiago Splitter
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Re: Is the GWU ED Scholarship Real? Or is it like Santa Claus?

Postby Tiago Splitter » Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:32 pm

Looks real to me:

http://lawschoolnumbers.com/kcirdor01
http://lawschoolnumbers.com/cgn610
http://lawschoolnumbers.com/annacf

It's possible there wasn't anyone who got it posting on LSN last cycle.

GW's median LSAT has historically been at 167 and if you have a GPA as high as yours, you'd need to score in a pretty tight window for the ED full ride to work and make sense. If you scored 170 you could get big money from a better placing school, and if you scored 165 or below you couldn't get the full ride. It also doesn't make sense if you don't have a desire to end up around DC. Now, with falling medians, the numbers are different but I'm not sure the window is any larger. If you end up at a 3.85/169 or perhaps even 168 you can get a big scholarship from a T-14 that beats the GW full ride offer.

Stanzy1
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Re: Is the GWU ED Scholarship Real? Or is it like Santa Claus?

Postby Stanzy1 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:45 pm

Thank you so much for finding those cases, that makes me feel a bit better about the actual existence of this scholarship. And you're right, there is a very tight window for me, and for many students, on whether or not this is the best option. I appreciate the feedback and advice.




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