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Scholarship Stipulation

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:25 pm
by retsiger
Hi everyone.

I was offered a scholarship at a school where the grading policy is as follows:
"It is suggested that faculty use a target mean grade of 3.05 in all exam courses. A mean of 3.00 to 3.10 will be considered compliant with this policy."
My scholarship is contingent on my maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5 each year.

Is it worth it to negotiate and get them to drop the stipulation?
I guess I'm a little confused because, while I know that 2.5 would be a really low GPA in undergrad, I'm not entirely sure how the curve system works in law school.

Thanks for your advice.

Re: Scholarship Stipulation

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:23 pm
by JFO1833
Maybe to someone more knowledgable than I this would be obvious, but you might want to ask this school what class ranking a 2.5 is. Is that top two-thirds of the class, top three-quarters, top 90%, ect.

All the school has told you is what average is.

You can look at the schools ABA 509 form here: http://www.abarequireddisclosures.org/ and find out what percentage of students with scholarships lost them.

Re: Scholarship Stipulation

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:26 pm
by Ron Don Volante
retsiger wrote:Hi everyone.

I was offered a scholarship at a school where the grading policy is as follows:
"It is suggested that faculty use a target mean grade of 3.05 in all exam courses. A mean of 3.00 to 3.10 will be considered compliant with this policy."
My scholarship is contingent on my maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5 each year.

Is it worth it to negotiate and get them to drop the stipulation?
I guess I'm a little confused because, while I know that 2.5 would be a really low GPA in undergrad, I'm not entirely sure how the curve system works in law school.

Thanks for your advice.

what school

Re: Scholarship Stipulation

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:30 pm
by Winston1984
0L here, but doesn't 3.05 seem low for an average gpa?

Re: Scholarship Stipulation

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:34 pm
by Patent2014
Ron Don Volante wrote:
retsiger wrote:Hi everyone.

I was offered a scholarship at a school where the grading policy is as follows:
"It is suggested that faculty use a target mean grade of 3.05 in all exam courses. A mean of 3.00 to 3.10 will be considered compliant with this policy."
My scholarship is contingent on my maintaining a GPA of at least 2.5 each year.

Is it worth it to negotiate and get them to drop the stipulation?
I guess I'm a little confused because, while I know that 2.5 would be a really low GPA in undergrad, I'm not entirely sure how the curve system works in law school.

Thanks for your advice.

what school

Copy/paste the quote into google and it's the top hit

Re: Scholarship Stipulation

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:38 pm
by retsiger
what school[/quote]

Temple.

Re: Scholarship Stipulation

Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:35 am
by pamphleteer
According to Temple's 509, 16% of students with conditional scholarships lost theirs over the past three academic years. Compare that to a school like Minnesota which also has a 2.5 stip but has seen 0 students lose their scholarships over the past three years. It's still unlikely you'll lose the scholly at Temple but I'd definitely try to negotiate with them to get it dropped.

Re: Scholarship Stipulation

Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:22 pm
by retsiger
pamphleteer wrote:According to Temple's 509, 16% of students with conditional scholarships lost theirs over the past three academic years. Compare that to a school like Minnesota which also has a 2.5 stip but has seen 0 students lose their scholarships over the past three years. It's still unlikely you'll lose the scholly at Temple but I'd definitely try to negotiate with them to get it dropped.


Alright, I'll give it a try. Thanks!

Re: Scholarship Stipulation

Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:29 pm
by downbeat14
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Re: Scholarship Stipulation

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:32 am
by PublicInterest2018
pamphleteer wrote:According to Temple's 509, 16% of students with conditional scholarships lost theirs over the past three academic years. Compare that to a school like Minnesota which also has a 2.5 stip but has seen 0 students lose their scholarships over the past three years. It's still unlikely you'll lose the scholly at Temple but I'd definitely try to negotiate with them to get it dropped.


I wouldn't risk it with a conditional scholarship... particularly not for Temple.

Re: Scholarship Stipulation

Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:24 pm
by penncon
GPA/LSAT? Also how much is the scholarship? Temple is usually stingy because of their comparatively low tuition.