Danteshek wrote:Merits scholarships were handed out as follows:
1%: Full tuition
This is on top of any scholarship you already have, up until full tuition. To maintain scholarship level for 3L you must maintain that performance level.
This strikes me as curious. I would think they would want to award more in order to keep their top talent from transferring out.
We understand that you may be considering transferring to another school. You recently received (or will soon receive) a letter from Dean Garth that will encourage you to make an appointment with him, myself and others in the administration to discuss your plans. We would prefer not to see our best students leave. But we’re also concerned that in many instances transferring is not in the student’s best interest.
Along these lines, I’ve been told that some students are not aware of the significant scholarship awards they will receive next year if they remain at Southwestern. The Financial Aid Office circulated this information in April. Some students, however, have said that they did not see the email. This coming year, approximately $6.1 million dollars in Dean’s Merits Scholarship aid will be awarded to continuing students. This is an increase of 12% over last year’s scholarship pool, and represents a 115% increase over the last five years.
All students ranked in the top 30% of their class will receive a scholarship.
Attached is the Financial Aid Chart showing the specific amount of money you will receive based on your class rank and the program you are enrolled in. For full-time students, scholarships will range from $4,500 to $36,750. These amounts are separate from financial aid awards and other monies earned for being on honors program boards. Second year full-time day students ranked in the top 10% of the class, for example, will receive a minimum of $18,000.
As you’re deciding whether to transfer, I hope you’ll keep financial considerations in mind.
If you should have any questions about the scholarship awards, or would like to discuss your future at Southwestern generally, just let us know – I’d be happy to meet with you.
Best, Austen Parrish
Austen L. Parrish
Vice Dean and Professor of Law
Co-Director, Vancouver Summer Law Program
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