I was wondering if I could get some comments about this.
I've heard lots of people calling scholarship offers a "bait and switch" because you'll lose it if your GPA goes below 3.0.
I went to the University of Toronto in Canada, where they bell curve everything and very few students receive a 4.0 CGPA in an academic program. (I'm pretty sure your IQ would have to be 200 to get a 4.0 CGPA at UofT.)
Here's an example:
High Distinction (Summa or Magna Cum Laude we have just the one "high" category here) = CGPA 3.5 - 4.0
Distinction (Cum Laude)= CGPA 3.2 - 3.49
At my convocation there were over 600 graduates.
Approximately 30 graduated with High Distinction (roughly 5%)
About 60 graduated with Distinction (roughly 10%)
So only 15% of the graduating class had a 3.2 or better.
For argument's sake, let's assume that at least double that graduated with a 3.0 or better; that's still only 30% of the class graduating with a 3.0 or more.
Which is the exact requirements I've read so frequently on here are the "bait and switch" of some Law schools.
I guess my question is, why does everyone think it's a scam to have to stay in the top 1/3 of your class in order to maintain your scholarship?
Do you think they target scholarship recipients and lower their grades intentionally? I'm not being facetious... do they?