How/why were you given a grant during the Spring? Did you have to apply for an extra one? I'm also wondering, do they give out scholarships to 2Ls or 3Ls based on performance during your first year? Finally, how hard would you say it is to be in the top 1/3 of your class? Thanks!
I have absolutely no idea why they decided to give me the grant, but it showed up in my financial aid package on new year's day 1L Spring, so they must have had leftover money or at least that's what I'm assuming. I have a few friends that received similar grants this spring, so it's not limited to 1Ls.
They have a list of upper class scholarships that they send out at the beginninng of the year that have certain GPA requirements or other arbitrary requirements. For example, one required the person to have gone to high school in Broward county. I want to say there are about 20-25 different ones total? They also have several fellowships that you could potentially qualify for up to 5k.
I think being in the top 1/3 really just depends on whether you can read your professors and figure out what they want. For some people unfortunately, this takes longer than others. Staying in it once you're there isn't hard at all. Sorry that this answer isn't terribly helpful.