In today’s society, most students who are pursuing a higher education can’t afford to take on the entire cost of college tuition. Yes of course there are loans, grants and limited scholarships, but the keyword to that is limited.
For high school students, working on those SAT scores are imperative. For college students remaining active in as many activities as possible, trying to maintain a respectable GPA is almost unquestionable.
But truthfully, how many students out of the given percentile receive these scholarships that thousands have applied for? And if they do receive these scholarships, rarely are they supported beyond freshman year.
At Wesleyan, we are known for our support among incoming students, especially scholarships. Not only are these used to help aid students, but they are provided to make students more interested in coming to the campus. I’m not saying anything is wrong with it all; almost every university does it, but what happens to the students after freshman or transfer year? Is it left up to them to find their own financial aid?
I’d have to say most definitely it is left up to the students to fend for themselves. If you don’t qualify for grants or work study when applying for financial aid, your best bet is to look for outside scholarships.
Many students have found luck with outside scholarships, but it doesn’t happen often. When outside scholarships fail, the only option left is scholarships the university offers.
Wesleyan has a total of 25 scholarships, excluding the major partner scholarships. Wesleyan provides seven freshman scholarships, six transfer scholarships, four international scholarships, three Methodist scholarships, three employee scholarships, one alumni scholarship and one junior/senior year scholarship.
All of these scholarships don’t even include the outside scholarships only provided to those who finished an education at Polytechnic High School, are involved in the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas Latina’s Program and a few other organizations.
The big question is: After students have decided to attend Wesleyan and have completed one year, why are there not any continuing scholarships, especially for those who have been here for more than a year and maintain good standing? What is going to keep students interested in going to this campus?
The number of students who return after their first year at Wesleyan has gone down. This could possibly be because of the lacking financial aid. I’m not just griping about what isn’t being done, but what I think should be done. I think the departments in charge of setting up scholarships should re-evaluate what scholarships we do have and maybe introduce some new ones.
If the budget is what’s getting in the way, maybe some things need to be reconsidered on what is a priority, such as the two new intramural sport teams or the drug testing that will be implemented next fall. Why should these be a priority over Wesleyan students, and why are they costing so much to implement?
In order to keep the number of incoming and current students Texas Wesleyan must reconsider the importance of the students’ financial stability, or the numbers will continue to fall.