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2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: June 24th, 2009, 1:10 pm
by scienceolympiadist
If you haven't heard before, U of Illinois is awarding all Div C Nationals gold winner full-rides to students who choose to attend its university. This is probably an once-in-lifetime opportunity. For upcoming seniors aspiring to win this, how feasible do you think this is, given the timing of it in late May?

Re: 2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: June 27th, 2009, 1:24 pm
by Coach Marz
I would think that any student who won a full ride to Illinois would be able to back out of their school and go there, however, I think this full ride much better serves 11th graders. I am sure the university expects only a fraction of these students to accept the scholarship, but if you think you capture 1st then you should apply before hand anyway.

Re: 2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: June 27th, 2009, 1:35 pm
by Deeisenberg
The date of the competition is, unfortunately, after the final May 1st date that the vast majority of colleges, including the University of Illinois, have as their final deadline. This means that by the time of the competition and thus, gold medal winning, the vast majority, if not all, seniors who would win gold medals would have already locked in their choice for college. It is true that even then you can back out, however you will lose your deposit (not much of a sacrifice for a full ride), and generally, no other college will accept you for a year. If the University of Illinois wanted to however, they may be able to admit seniors after the final deadline if they forfeit their deposit to the institution they would otherwise be attending, but I would highly doubt that they would do this.

Re: 2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: June 29th, 2009, 8:51 am
by scienceolympiadist
Coach Marz wrote:but if you think you capture 1st then you should apply before hand anyway.


*sigh* so the question is, how confidant can you be, that you'll win at least one gold. it'll be the risk of our live. i am a senior, and i realize, if we make nationals, and may 1st is indeed the final deadline with no flexibility, this may be the biggest decision of my life

Re: 2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: June 29th, 2009, 9:19 am
by manutd94
For sophomores to win a national gold would be hard, but quite possible. A sophomore could have a really good partner who's a senior or junior who owns that particular event, having won national medals in that event. With this being said, I know from my school a guy, as a sophomore, won 2nd at Nationals in Astronomy going into the event alone. I feel bad for those seniors who will miss out on the scholarship because it really is such a great opportunity to save tons of money, which is especially important with the state of our economy.

Re: 2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: June 29th, 2009, 10:41 am
by rockhound
If you were a senior who is confident enough that you think you will go to Nationals and will probably get a gold medal in an event as well as being someone who wants to go to University of Ill for free you might as well spend the $40 to apply.

Re: 2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: June 29th, 2009, 12:49 pm
by scienceolympiadist
rockhound wrote:If you were a senior who is confident enough that you think you will go to Nationals and will probably get a gold medal in an event as well as being someone who wants to go to University of Ill for free you might as well spend the $40 to apply.


ha, the $40 is negligible. not being able to go to another great school that you got in, if you don't win this scholarship........would be devastating. that said, i sent an email to UIUC admission, and here's the reply:

"You will need to accept your admissions by May 1st but you can always let us know later if you will not be attending the U of I. Their is no money involved when accepting our offer of admissions, the money comes in to play when you choose to fill out a housing contract."

so, YAY FOR SENIORS?!

Re: 2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: June 29th, 2009, 1:43 pm
by andrewwski
If you're living on campus though, housing deposits are usually due by May 1.

Either way, pay your deposit for your top choice, then if you do get a full ride and wish to go to that school, you lose your deposit. Which wouldn't be anything compared to what you'd be saving.

Re: 2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: June 30th, 2009, 5:55 am
by scienceolympiadist
i took a peek at the admission requirements/process for UIUC...it's like a joke

Re: 2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: June 30th, 2009, 8:07 am
by andrewwski
So did I...it looks about average for public universities to me. Not much different than a lot of the schools I applied to.

Re: 2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: June 30th, 2009, 4:35 pm
by binary010101
This doesn't really apply to a lot of us, though, since most of us (meaning people who compete in SO in general) don't expect to get to nationals in the first place, much less get a gold medal.

Re: 2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: June 30th, 2009, 8:10 pm
by manutd94
We would probably all strive for higher (better University) than UIUC, even though it is exceptional in Civil Engineering and a few other specific elements. With this being said, it would still be nice to attend college on a scholarship knowing that you're saving lots of money, whether it's for graduate school, or sheerly on the thoughts of having your parents save lots of money for to use at their own mere expenses.

Re: 2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: July 1st, 2009, 5:52 am
by scienceolympiadist
manutd94 wrote:We would probably all strive for higher (better University) than UIUC, even though it is exceptional in Civil Engineering and a few other specific elements. With this being said, it would still be nice to attend college on a scholarship knowing that you're saving lots of money, whether it's for graduate school, or sheerly on the thoughts of having your parents save lots of money for to use at their own mere expenses.


i agree. and to know that you've earned it yourself by working so hard during high school in a club you loved so much. very rewarding

Re: 2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: July 1st, 2009, 12:30 pm
by Deeisenberg
manutd94 wrote:We would probably all strive for higher (better University) than UIUC, even though it is exceptional in Civil Engineering and a few other specific elements. With this being said, it would still be nice to attend college on a scholarship knowing that you're saving lots of money, whether it's for graduate school, or sheerly on the thoughts of having your parents save lots of money for to use at their own mere expenses.

The University of Illinois is a fine school. Urbana Champaign is the flagship campus. UIUC is in the top 40 universities in the country. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is by no stretch of the imagination anything less than a good school, it is one of the top 10 public universities in the country.

Re: 2010 Illinois Full-Ride

Posted: July 1st, 2009, 6:26 pm
by tad_k_22
The kid above is right---UIUC is a great school. Nothing in the top 50 is laughable, especially with today's college admissions. SATs and Grades don't mean everything---and with many schools, they barely mean anything. It's a much different process than you'd expect, and if anybody that was a sophomore or junior and managed to win a gold at nats got the scholarship they should seriously consider UIUC, especially if going to an ivy-type school would be a burden on your family financially.