Students with high regents scores have many doors open to them, but there are so many doors open it's sometimes hard to know which scholarships are worth applying for, and which are not. With college costing thousands a year, it's important not to waste time with scholarships that are not worth it. However, students must also know that there are great scholarship opportunities out there- especially for well-rounded candidates who have demonstrated their academic aptitude through very high Regents scores.
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For high regents scores, there are several options. The New York State Scholarships for Academic Excellence is given to high school students for high regents scores. Their GPA may also be a factor. The Scholarship for Academic Excellence awards $1500 to students who study at in-state colleges and can be renewed for up to four years of undergraduate study.
The New York Lottery Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship is funded by the state lottery. This merit-based award is given to students who not only show academic excellence, but also strengths of leadership in the community. This award gifts students $1000 a year for up to 4 years, and is given to one student in every New York public high school.
The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship is based on many factors. High regent scores are important as well as class rank, GPA and ACT or SAT scores. This scholarship awards gifted students up to $1500 and is also renewable for up to four years of undergraduate studies. The Byrd Scholarship does not specify that the student must study at an in-state school. This is awarded to graduating seniors and can be applied for through the high school.
Despite the importance of GPA’s and SAT scores, students tend to lose sight of regents exams, deeming them “unimportant” and “insignificant”. Students MUST realize that in the race for scholarship money, high Regents scores can place a student at an advantage over other applicants with lower scores. Regents scores also work as a supplement to a student’s SAT score and GPA, allowing scholarship providers another look into a particular student’s academic record. When it comes to Regents, students should never dismiss an opportunity to win scholarship money simply by scoring highly on a test easily studied and prepared for.