Posted by caraher on February 23, 2006, at 14:06:55
In reply to Re: What my T said about me and school, posted by James K on February 23, 2006, at 13:59:53
> Dinah, There was an essay and grade check and administration approval aspect to it. Maybe you aced that, or maybe it was a different era. this would have been 1986 or 5 for me.
I graduated in '82 and was a National Merit Finalist. I'm 95% sure I didn't write an essay... My guess would be that it was up to schools to give approval for "advancing" to finalist status and your school thought the essay, etc. was an appropriate "filter."
I also felt bitter about the program, mostly because I didn't understand how it worked and the school counselor was worse than useless. I was under the impression that unless you had some personal connection to, say, a company sponsoring a scholarship, you could only get money through attending a school sponsoring a scholarship. So I applied for one at the only school I'd applied to that had its own merit scholarship program - a school that I had no interest in attending. So I got nothing out of the scholarship program.