Student's who work the hardest should receive the help they've earned
A stimulating learning environment requires a range of backgrounds and experiences.
Those in need are not necessarily the applicants with the best grades
Merit-based disregards other factors in determining the best candidates
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Luis Perez Jan 14, 2013
Awarding scholarships based on merit is the only fair way to hand these out. Students know what most be objectively achieved to receive the award, removing politics and subjectivity from the decision making.
Factoring solely academic achievement in awarding scholarships disregards many factors that help identify the most valuable candidates for school. Community involvement, experience outside the classroom, etc, are some of the non-merit factors that should be considered when determining which are the candidates who should receive a scholarship.
Amanda Purcell Jan 14, 2013
Scholarships should be used to help educate our community. Many times the students with the highest grades come from the most affluent backgrounds thanks to their access to tutors, top schools, engaged parents, etc. Therefore, by making scholarship's merit based only we will be default be giving them to those students who least need them.
Eli Garton Apr 25, 2013
A classroom that is homogenous doesn't challenge students the way a diverse one does. Our backgrounds are fundamental to how we see the world and should be taken into account alongside grades. The dynamics of a fellow student challenging one's world view or thought process is very different from a professor's.
John Harris Apr 25, 2013
Hi Eli, completely agree with your point about the classroom being a more valuable environment when it is diverse. And I am on board with this in private institutions that can choose whatever policy they want for granting scholarship. However, in the case of public schools, how can we say that one student is more deserving than the other simply because of race/gender? That is my concern. Private universities are private and should be able to grant scholarships as they see fit, but when it comes to public ones is where I am a bit more hesitant.
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