Friday, September 17, 2010

Foundation Fellowship & Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship Application

Happy Friday!  My name is Cindy and I work in the UGA Admissions Office as well.  I manage the Foundation Fellowship and Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship application process.  Many thanks to DGraves for allowing me to guest post today.

The 2011 Foundation Fellowship and Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship application is now available on the admissions web site. This year there are a few changes and things to keep in mind with this application process.

1. Students may only apply online for these scholarships. There will be an opportunity to print a pdf of your application once it is submitted.
2. Please submit your admissions application prior to submitting the scholarship application. Since we use many of the same components for both applications, it makes things easier to match up.
3. The deadline to submit and complete the scholarship application is November 15. Your admissions application must also be completed by this date.
4. Applicants must be current high school seniors with an unweighted high school GPA of at least 3.75 and a minimum combined SAT score of 1400 (Critical Reading and Math only) or ACT score of 31.
5. If you are planning to apply for the Fellowship and Ramsey Honors Scholarships, then you must communicate this with your counselor and teacher. We will use the same forms they send in support of your admissions application. Since the letter is not required for the school evaluation form, be sure your counselor knows so she/he may include a thorough and detailed letter.
6. We are now requiring a Peer Recommendation to complete the scholarship application. This is not required for the admissions application. Make sure you select a classmate that knows you well enough to write a great recommendation. Students will list the name of the peer, along with the peer's email, in the scholarship application. The peer will then receive an email with further instructions to complete the recommendation online. Remember to communicate with your selected peer!
7. We will use the same transcript, school evaluation and teacher recommendation that is sent in support of your admissions application. There is no need to send two copies of each. Be sure your counselor knows to include a thorough and detailed letter with the school evaluation.

We look forward to reading your applications! Feel free to email me if you have questions at cboyles@uga.edu.

57 comments:

  1. I noticed that the printable version of the teacher recommendation form has the deadline for the Foundation Fellowship as November 16, 2009 instead of November 15, 2010. Will this be updated? If the teacher chooses to use the online version, will it have the correct date? Thanks!

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  2. Anon: Occasionally, we miss a minor date change on a pdf form, so we will update this next week, and it will be fine if the teacher uses the one with the old date. In addition, I would suggest directing your teacher to do the online teacher recommendation, as that is much easier for us and the teacher in getting the recommendation into your file.

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  3. This isn't specifically about the scholarships, but more about admission into the honors program: I know that either a 1400/1600 SAT or a 31 composite ACT is required, but when comparing scores between tests, would the SAT Critical Reading section correspond to the ACT English or Reading section? My SAT is a 1390 (680 Reading, 710 Math) and my ACT is a 32 (34 English, 33 Math, 31 Reading, 29 Science and a 10 on my essay, which led to a 31 combined English/Writing score). I've already applied early action to UGA and submitted both scores, and I'm planning on applying for Honors in the next week or two. I suppose my main concerns are what sections of my ACT score will be looked at the most, since it seems like just SAT Critical Reading and Math are looked at for Honors. I'd love it if my 34 ACT English could make up for my 680 SAT Critical Reading. Thanks!

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  4. MGM: I would rather not speak for the Honors Program, so I would suggest contacting them about their view on the test scores and admission. As for how UGA as a whole looks at the ACT vs SAT, we would compare the SAT CR with the ACT English section. I would also talk to Honors about the Honors admission process, and the timelines they have.

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  5. DGraves-
    Thanks! You answered my main question. I was hoping that if I submitted my ACT scores to Honors, my 34 English and 33 Math would be looked at most, since the SAT seems to be looked at on the 1600 scale. I'll be sure to contact Honors for any more questions. Thanks again!

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  6. What address do we send our transcripts to? is the address: Terrell Hall
    Athens, Georgia 30602-1633?

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  7. Anon: Yes, that is the transcript, only add UGA Undergraduate Admissions.

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  8. At first, I thought my school would send in my grades from each semester. I later found out that my counselor was mistaken, and they only send in the final grade. In the Section where you put in your grades, I put in by the semester. Would this create a problem? Since you will be receiving a transcript, I wouldn't think this would create a problem, but I just wanted to make sure.

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  9. David Yashar: I cannot really answer your question, as I do not have your transcript in front of me. For all applicants, you want to get a copy of your transcript before you apply, and complete the self-reported grades section after reviewing your transcript.Generally, if your transcript has semester grades on it, then report it based on semester grades (unless there is some other issue I do not know about).

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  10. Sorry if the post was confusing. Basically, when putting in my grades in the self reported grades section, I did it by semester. I found out later that my counselor sent in final grades,not semester, which is how they send out transcripts. I'm asking if this would create a problem.

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  11. David Yashar: This should not be a problem, but I would suggest you make sure and read the instructions a little more carefully next time.

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  12. Dgraves:

    Are you able to discuss how UGA Honors treats the SAT writing section? On its website, Honors only includes the CR+M median scores in its first year profile. Do you know if Honors takes the writing section into consideration when reviewing applications? Also, I'm looking to find out the median SAT writing score; can you provide that or point me in the right direction?

    Thanks and Go Dawgs!

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  13. heydawg: The best way to learn about Honors is to speak with Honors and/or attend an Honors Information session, (sign up at https://www.externalaffairs.uga.edu/visit/), as I would want for Honors to speak for themselves about their view of test scores. As for the average Writing score for admitted students last year, I believe it was approximately 625. I would also suggest going to the first year profile, https://www.admissions.uga.edu/article/first_year_class_profile.html, for more details of our admitted class from last year.

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  14. Hi,

    I've been accepted at UGA as a transfer student for spring and I was wondering if there are any scholarships I can apply for. I sent an email regarding this but they only were able to send me back a link to the webpage. It seems like most of the big scholarships are only open to freshman and as much as I want to go to UGA, it's making it difficult for me financially.

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  15. talkingtowalls: Unfortunately, UGA's scholarship funding is focused on freshman applicants, so this is not an option unless you work with your academic area (let's say landscape arch.) to see if there are any scholarships for entering students in that specific field of study as given out by the academic department.

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  16. Does UGA accept superscored ACT scores for this application or are applicants required to have a composite 31 ACT score from one specific test date? Thanks!

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  17. Anon: UGA superscores both the SAT and the ACT, so the 31 composite does not have to be from one specific test date.

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  18. I have the required SAT score for Foundation Fellowship and a 4.0 GPA. However, I live in Gwinnett County and they give 10 points for AP classes. So would my 4.0 be considered my weighted GPA? If so, how would I figure out my unweighted GPA? Would I have to subtract the 10 points from each AP class?

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  19. Anon: When UGA says "unweighted GPA", we are generally talking about how a high school will have a GPA on their transcript that is at times wildly inflated (I have seen 6.0 and 8.0 weighted GPA scales), so we are talking about a standard 4.0 GPA were nothing is added to the actual GPA. Since your situation is one where the weight is added to the grades (not GPA), and if you have all A grades, then both your unweighted and weighted GPA would be a 4.0.

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  20. My daughter is applying for the Foundation Fellowship. Will she be notified when all supporting documents are received? If so, will it be by email, the status check, or some other means? Thanks!

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  21. Anon: She will receive communication, generally by email, about her FF application. As well, she will also be able to see some of the information (the parts that overlap with the admission application) on the status check.

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  22. For the peer recommendation, does the peer have to still be in high school? I have a peer who knows me very well and I think he would be the most qualified to do my recommendation. However, he graduated last year and is now a freshman in college. Could he do my evaluation or do I have to get someone still in high school?

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  23. Anon: A peer who is now a freshman in college is still a peer, so that would be fine.

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  24. If I have already submitted my application for early action but i did not include a teacher recommendation or counselor (he only sent in the school evaluation i assume?) how would i submit this for the Foundation Fellowship and Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship

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  25. Anon: You counselor can go online and do a second school evaluation with a letter, and the teacher can submit the online teacher rec through the admissions web site.

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  26. what is the difference between the Foundation fellowship and Ramsey Bernard part and part II? Do I have to complete both to be considered.
    I just found out about the part II today.

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  27. Anon: There is no part I and part II of the actual FF/Ramsey application. I think you are confused about the page 1 and page 2 of the instructions (labeled part I and part II), which tell you how to both apply for the program and what to submit with the application. Please review the FF/Ramsey application again to understand what is required in addition to the application, and if you have already applied to UGA, refer to the part that states:

    "Please note, we WILL accept admissions application transcripts, counselor recommendations, and teacher recommendations for Foundation Fellowships applications as well. It will NOT be necessary to submit separate forms for each application. Please be sure your recommending counselor and teacher are aware you are applying for the Foundation Fellowship so they may submit a detailed and thorough letter of recommendation."

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  28. If I just submitted the Foundation Fellowship and Ramsey Bernard application tonight, will my peer receive the e-mail tonight also, in time to meet the required deadline?

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  29. Anon: We will leave the Peer Recommendation form open for a few days after the deadline, as we know that this part of the FF/Ramsey application might be delayed a short while due to last minute applications. Just tell your peer to do it tomorrow (10/16).

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  30. I wrote my essays on Microsoft word and I have some problems with some characters when submitting the form. However, I did finally submitted the Foundation Fellowship and Ramsey Bernard application tonight at 12:17 and the form was dated on 12/16/2010, will my application meet the required deadline?

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  31. Anon: This will be fine. Yes, Microsoft Word and Mr. Gates cause a number of issues with text formatting in this type of issue, so we are looking at other options for the future. But yes, your FF/Ramsey application should be just fine.

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  32. Good Afternoon,
    The peer review for my Foundation Fellowship application has been sent via snailmail (the link didn't seem to be working). My teacher recommendation was sent by post as well. So I believe that as long as it was postmarked by Nov. 15th, it met the deadline...gulp-right?

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  33. yupthatsme: You are correct, our deadlines are postmark deadlines, and we are not cut-throat when dealing with deadlines either, as we want to be able to review your FF application.

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  34. When do we find out if we received the scholarship or not?

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  35. Anon: I am guessing you are asking when you will hear if you have been invited to the FF/Ramsey weekend, as that is when the interviews take place that determine who is offered an FF or a Ramsey scholarship. These invitations to the weekend will go out in mid-late January.

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  36. Should FF/Ramsey scholarship applicants submit a mid-year transcript?

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  37. Anon: If you are invited to the FF/Ramsey weekend, you will need to send in a mid-year transcript.

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  38. My daughter applied for the FF scholarship, but has not received any email notices that you mentioned above, nor does anything show on her status check. She has received admission into the Honors Program by mail. How do we make sure the scholarship app was received? There were several glitches in the submission process when she did it. In fact, the site has frozen as she is trying to put in her housing app right now.

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  39. Anon: When you are talking about admissions, the FF/Ramsey process, and housing, you are talking about three different programs and three different groups of people managing them. Cindy Crawford, who wrote this post, manages the FF/Ramsey application process, and you can email her at cboyles@uga.edu with questions about the FF application process. As for housing, you would want to contact their office about any issues. Both of these would be glad to assist you!

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  40. Have the invitations to the interview weekend been sent? Also, will we recieve notification if we did not get invited as well, or will only those who are invited get letters?

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  41. Anon: I have always said late January for FF/Ramsey invites, so I expect you will know shortly.

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  42. Do we get notified if we are not a finalist?, is the more important question.

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  43. Anon: You will be notified either way.

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  44. Will invitations/rejections be emailed or mailed?
    Thank you for answering all of our questions!

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  45. Anon: The FF/Ramsey information is sent by mail.

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  46. I just received the FF/Ramsey info by e-mail!

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  47. Thank you so much!

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  48. Anon: I guess that some information is then going out by email, and congrats!

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  49. Thanks DGraves! I am super excited and I love
    your blog.

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  50. Were all finalists notified via email today? We did not receive anything.

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  51. Anon: The next steps of the program are run by the Honors Program (communication of selection, the program weekend, etc.), so I do not know the exact details of the communications. I would suggest being patient and wait and see about the situation.

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  52. Do finalists have a link now on their check status for UGA? Have notifications gone out to those selected via email or snail mail? How are people notified if they are not a finalist?

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  53. Anon: Please re-read my previous response, and remember that I work for the Admissions office.

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  54. Curious: Once invitations were issued, if someone declines, what happens? Does the number invited simply become fewer or are others then invited in place?

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  55. Curious: In years past, they have planned on a few students not being able to attend, so that is already built into the system. Since the Honors/FF program is handling this now, I cannot say exactly how it will work this year though.

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  56. This is a question for anyone looking. Has anyone received mail of any kind from the Foundation Fellows program?

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  57. Anon: My suggestion is that instead of sending this out to the readers of this blog, go ahead and contact the Honors/FF program and ask them about your situation.

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