iambeautiful wrote:Wow and damn I didn't know Wake was that stingy with money. I was kinda hoping they would be lenient. They seem to like urm tho so we'll see.
I wouldn't call them stingy but it seems like LSAT scores are the sole criteria for merit aid.. correct me if I'm wrong but last year's thread had a bunch of people with high LSAT's and very low GPA's getting significant scholarship money but reverse splitters like myself didn't get anything. Anyone have any insight?
Ya, this was pretty much spot on last year, but I wouldnt call Wake stingy by any means. I believe 42% of incoming 1Ls has a scholarship, and from what I recall, the lowest scholarships were 18.5k/year - which is roughly half tuition. So if you get one, it is going to be substantial.
The best way to get some money from Wake is first to have good numbers. But obviously everyone will not have the 164 lsat that Wake seems to love as the cut-off, so there are other ways to try and get a little something for yourself, such as applying early, showing Wake love, meeting in person with Melanie Nutt, going to the ASD, following up, etc....
Seems like many of you followed the thread from last year, so you know even though I met the 164 requirement, Wake did not give me any scholarship because I applied in mid-January, so I took some serious initiative. You have to look at it as an investment and ask if it is worth it to pull out all the stops for the chance to get a scholarship. For me it was, so I went to ASD and spoke with Melanie Nutt. Then a few days last i followed up with an email, refreshing her memory of who I was and what we had discussed. When the first deposit date came I still put down even though I had yet to get any $. Then, when I went down in June (I think?) to look at potential places to live, I stopped by the admissions office and spoke with Mrs. Nutt again, and thats when I finally got a scholarship. Finally in July I got a huge scholarship from a T2, and was able to use that to increase my initial scholarship - but this was definitely the exception and not the rule.
TL;DR - Persistence pays off, and if they want you and your numbers are close to the threshold, good things can possibly happen.