This year we had over 8,500 students apply to the Emory University Scholar Programs, our largest Scholar applicant pool yet. The pool was highly competitive, and the Scholars Selection Committee worked diligently to review every applicant holistically and fully.
Please refer to the Scholar Programs Notification post for a reminder of what all Scholar applicants can expect this evening at (or slightly after) 6pm ET.
Tonight, approximately 250 students will be notified they are a Scholar Finalist for one of the three distinct Scholar Programs at Emory University. Congratulations to these students!
The reality of the situation is that many students will not be selected today, and that can be frustrating. With such limited spots in these competitive programs, we cannot offer awards to all of the accomplished and intelligent students we’ve reviewed these last few months.
We fully understand that not being selected can be disheartening. Each year, however, many students not selected as Scholar Finalists are admitted to both Oxford College and Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and these students become significant contributors to the campus community.
Whether through opportunities like Leadership Oxford at Oxford College, serving on the Student Alumni Board, leading campus-wide events with the Student Programming Council, or applying as a sophomore or junior to the Emory Scholars Program, there are countless ways to maximize your college experience.
Will other scholarships be given out this year?
The simple answer to this is “Yes.” In previous years, Emory University has released additional scholarships (the Liberal Arts Scholarships and Emory Merit Achievement Awards) tonight. While these students were not selected as Scholar Finalists, they were admitted early to the university and received merit scholarship awards.
However, this year, due to the large increase in our overall application volume, our Selection Committee needs more time to make these award decisions. There are many strong, high achieving students in the applicant pool, and we do plan to release a select number of merit awards at upcoming decision releases.
To students who applied Early Decision II or Regular Decision
Remember that your Scholar decision in no way impacts your admission decision. Your admission application is still under review, and you will receive your admission decision according to the admission plan you chose—Early Decision II by February 15 and Regular Decision by April 1. Stay tuned to this blog and your email for updates on how those decision releases will work.