Scholarship Cancellation/Appeal

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-22-1999
Scholarship Cancellation/Appeal
7
Mon, 07-08-2013 - 10:25pm

I will try to make this short(ish).  DD (finished freshman year) had a $7,000 academic scholarship at her public university.  She needed a 3.25 gpa to renew for each of the next 3 years.  She got a 3.219.  They canceled the scholarship.  She sent them an e-mail, and they replied, giving her instructions on how to appeal.  She is writing the letter now.  Her grandfather died during the semester.  She had to take a 4 hour (one way) trip on Monday and Wednesday afternoon/evenings to get to the funeral and back to campus.  She missed 2 tests.  Her one teacher accommodated her.  The other didn't, and she failed the test miserably the morning after the funeral.  It made the difference between a B- and a B in the class.  The B would have made her GPA high enough.  That is basically the "extenuating circumstances" she has outlined in the letter. 

Any suggestions?  Has anyone else been through this? 

Thanks for any suggestions.

Janet in KY

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Mon, 07-08-2013 - 11:08pm

I am sorry. Is there any one in person she can speak to about this?

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

Avatar for suzyk2118
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-30-1997
Tue, 07-09-2013 - 9:41am

I think if she stated the issue as you did, and maybe offered to retake the test (unlikely they'd let her but at least it shows her drive) it would be listened to. Good luck.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Tue, 07-09-2013 - 11:18am

That's terrible.  I'd think that since they have an appeal procedure outlined it's certainly not the first time this has happened so I'd be optimistic about that.  The circumstances seem like the kind to me that someone should consider--it's not like she partied all semester and that's why her grade was only slightly too low.  (I hate to say this but I would attach a copy of the obituary to prove that she's telling the truth, plus bus tickets or something like that and maybe you could write a letter as well to verify everything.)

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Tue, 07-09-2013 - 11:20am

Oh I thought of something else too--if she knows a prof well, maybe she could get one of them to write a letter saying that she was a great student, put in effort or something like that & it would be a shame if she lost the scholarship.  It would be very helpful if the prof was teaching a subject that was in her major.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-22-1999
Tue, 07-09-2013 - 4:15pm

Thank you!  We are hopeful that because she is so close, they will reconsider.  She did e-mail her regular advisor as well as her honors advisor.  The regular one offered to talk to her and to write a letter if needed.  I hope these efforts will be enough!  I hadn't thought about a prof.  I'll ask her what she thinks.  :^)

I did print out and send a copy of the obituary.  Since there were only 4 grandchildren, she is even mentioned in it.  I wanted to send a picture of her being a pallbearer, but DD vetoed that.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-22-1999
Wed, 07-31-2013 - 9:33pm

Just an update.  Today we (finally) got a letter from the university.  They are reinstating her scholarship!  We are so thankful!!

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 08-14-2013 - 3:06pm
Very glad to hear it!!
Photobucket