Dean’s List Scholarships
Some undergraduates strive to succeed in school because they hope to apply to prestigious graduate schools. They’ll need good grades to pass through the strict enrollment process these schools develop, and they’ll need to really nail the concepts taught in class if they hope to succeed in an even more stringent academic environment.
While academic success as an undergraduate is certainly vital for some students, those good grades could translate into even bigger benefits. For example, some students who excel in their studies could take home a dean’s list scholarship.
Many schools work hard to recognize students who perform beautifully in their classes. Typically, students who achieve a specific set of academic standards within a given timeframe are rewarded through their inclusion on the dean’s list. Appearing here is a sort of badge of honor that tells the world that a student is doing quite well in school.
While the requirements can vary, most schools require students to achieve a great deal of success before they can participate in the dean’s list. For example, Portland State University in Oregon requires full-time students to obtain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better, and these students must also have a term GPA of 3.75 or higher. This means that these students have consistently done well in school, and that they’ve done exceptionally well in the term that they’ve recently completed.
Participation in the dean’s list is typically public, so a student’s name might be published on the school’s website, and a letter of award might be sent directly to the student’s home. In addition, the student’s transcript might indicate that the term was so extraordinary that the student was nominated to the dean’s list.
Putting that Participation to Work
While public recognition, and a seal of approval on a transcript, might seem like enough of a reward, some students can get even more out of their nomination by signing up for a dean’s list scholarship. They’ll have to do a little extra work, but the results could be remarkable.
Typically, schools that offer a dean’s list scholarship ask students to pull together some sort of application packet. The University of North Texas, for example, requires applicants to provide:
- A completed scholarship application form
- Two letters of recommendation
- High school transcripts, or college transcripts
- A paragraph in which the student discusses his/her goals and activities
While school-based scholarships can be beneficial, some students who participate in the dean’s list can also participate in nationwide scholarship programs. Some entities offer scholarships to any student who can demonstrate participation in a dean’s list, along with proof of ongoing academic prowess and satisfactory progression toward a meaningful degree.