Merit-Based Scholarships Essay

718 Words Apr 12th, 2011 3 Pages
Ashley Milligan
English 102
Prof. Belangia
Writing Assignment 5
22 January 2011
Merit-based Scholarships Figuring out how to pay for one’s college tuition is probably one of the most stressful processes a person will face in his or her life. Many parents save money over the course of a child’s life to help pay for college, but this money is very rarely enough to cover the outrageous cost of a higher education. This is where scholarships come into play. But how should schools choose which students to award scholarships too? There have been many debates about whether a more money should be allotted to need-based scholarships or merit-based scholarships. Merit-based is obviously the best way to go. The strongest reason why
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Some students that receive need-bases scholarships are not fully prepared for college yet, but because of their financial situation, the government buys them a seat at a college regardless of how prepared they are. This is only hurting those unprepared students and wasting tax payer’s dollars. If there is a better prepared student who does not qualify for financial aid as well as an unprepared student who does, the unprepared student will get chosen over the better prepared one simply due to the financial circumstances. I cannot see how this is helping anyone. Of course, there are many arguments against merit-based scholarships. One argument was stated in an editorial in the New York Times: “…the obsession with admissions tests is damaging education…” (Staples 135). This argument is a fallacy. Students take ACT or SAT prep courses as well as spend time studying, but I do not think that preparation for these tests cut into the time needed for other classes. Preparation for standardize testing does not require any unreasonable amount of time. If A student makes a time management plan for all of their classes as well as preparations for the SAT/ACT, then that students should have no problems getting all of their work done on time. Merit-based scholarships are so important for upcoming students trying to pay for college that doing away with them would do more harm than we can

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