Should I have been applying to scholarships instead of spending my summer at the beach?
January 6, 2010 5:33 PM Subscribe
How common is it for competitive liberal arts applicants to enter
graduate school with outside scholarships?
posted by anonymous to education (11 answers total)
I've been applying for a PhD in Classics at various top-20 universities, and all the online applications ask if I have any outside scholarships. This is in conjunction with "Do you plan on applying for university funding?" Which, yes, I do plan on applying, because I can't pay for a PhD all by my lonesome. I realize that an outside scholarship would make me more appealing for finance-strapped universities, but is it unusual to lack scholarships during one's first year of studies?
I began applying to universities last minute, starting in November, so I didn't have time to solicit scholarships. Now I'm worried that my application looks very bare when I leave that whole box blank. Should I be overly concerned?
Anon because my office knows I'm a MeFite.