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Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 30th Oct '08 12:11 AM


My daughter has been recommended to this program and while I've been on the website for the past hour, I'm wondering if any Sploofuser's are familiar with it? It seems to be an honor but investigating

On another note, my daughter's boyfriend was named Commended Student in the national merit scholarship program
- 1 of 34,000 out of 1.5 million who entered the proud of him!

Aquamar  (Level: 187.0 - Posts: 926)
Thu, 30th Oct '08 12:21 AM

About three years ago my son was recommended for that program. The letter stated that a teacher recommended him but I didn't follow through and go to the meeting that was scheduled. I guess I just assumed that nothing is free. If you do find out more a
about this program please let me know because I'm curious.


Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 30th Oct '08 12:28 AM

Thanks Cathy - I found the website - - Kat brought the letter home today - it takes forever to navigate around on dial-up but I've yet to find anything on cost - just that tuition is discussed at the meeting - I know it's not something that we could afford if there aren't scholarships - right now I'm just trying to get through the pell grant process for college - what a chore....but it looks like it would be an amazing experience for her - started in 1956 with Dwight D Eisenhower

Btsyshsbnd  (Level: 73.3 - Posts: 61)
Thu, 30th Oct '08 1:47 AM

my daughter got the letter this year but from what we could find out just about everyone in her class got one. It's over a thousand bucks near as I can remember.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Thu, 30th Oct '08 6:50 AM

My youngest son has a full ride scholarship with all the goodies thrown in. He "Is" an A+ student (He also can run like the wind). Before he got his present scholarship, he went to a Junior college for a short period. I was amazed to see all the money an average student can get almost automatically. My wife and I went to a parents meeting when my son was a senior and we couldn't believe the money a kid can get if they just write legitimate essays. I met a black guy there that had a daughter that was getting over $40K per year to go to a private girls college. This girl did not have any super large grants or scholarships but she did have over 20 small scholarships that she got every year. The most interesting was a $2,000 per year award she got from a Greek Organization that was for Greek kids. This girl entered (under her name and race) and did so well they were happy to give her the award. IMHO if a kid has a good guidance counselor and is willing to do the work required, they can make mom and dad proud and not worry about going broke with tuition.

Suzannec  (Level: 260.1 - Posts: 616)
Thu, 30th Oct '08 7:15 AM

My friend Julia has a grandson who was briefly in the People to People Oganization. I'm not sure how he got into it, but his group went on a trip to Australia and it was all legitimate. This was 2 years ago and the cost for his trip was $5,000. Because his parents couldn't afford it and Brandon really wanted to go, they asked family and friends to help out. Most folks gave $25 or $50 and eventually, he raised the whole $5000 and got to go. Of course it was an amazing trip and the whole thing worked out just fine.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 30th Oct '08 8:16 AM

Thanks Suzanne - I don't know how many people at the school have been recommended - but I was already thinking somehow we'd have to do some kind of fundraiser - I sell Avon and they have an amazing fundraiser - reasonable that doesn't rip people off so I had already thought we might have to go that direction - but if 50 kids got it from our small town - I think it would be difficult - I guess we'll go to the meeting and see - I would love for her to be able to travel - she wants to be an elementary school teacher with a minor in music - and I know it would be a great experience for her....if anyone else has experience with this, please weigh in and thanks for the responses.

Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Thu, 30th Oct '08 6:03 PM

I went on one of the People-to-People student ambassador trips the summer after I graduated from high school back in 1974, and it was one of the most memorable, exciting experiences of my life. I'll always remember the trip fondly, and I would highly recommend to anyone. Unless it's changed a lot in the last 34 years, it's truly the experience of a lifetime.

Taco24  (Level: 142.3 - Posts: 589)
Thu, 30th Oct '08 6:21 PM

I have had several students involved with this. Some have spent the year in Australia with the program. They all loved the experience.

Congrats on the National Merit Scholarship. Would you happen to know how many students in your high school received this status? It is indeed a great honor. Hope it helps out with the money. In addition, tell your son to remember to put this as well as any other honors, volunteering, special experiences on his resume for his college apps. It really helps everyone-teacher, student, and colleges. Let me know if there is anything I can help with in this situation. I must have written around a few thousand letters of rec. over the past twenty something years.

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