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2015 Timeline and Rules

Timeline

December 1, 2014: Competitive Scholarship deadline. Interested students must complete their application (see below) for admission, including the Competitive Scholarship section of the Common Application Member Questions for Linfield College.

January 9, 2015: Invitations and notification of selected exam will be sent via email and postal mail.

January 30, 2015: RSVP deadline for invited students.

February 15, 2015: Competitive Scholarship Day – Please see the Competitive Scholarship Day agenda for complete details. In addition to taking your exam, we encourage you to take full advantage of your visit with a tour of campus, class visit or overnight stay with a current student.

April 1, 2015: Notification of results will be sent via postal mail.

*A completed application for admission must include the following and be postmarked or submitted online no later than December 1:

    • Common Application with Essay
    • Linfield Member Questions on the Common Application
    • School Report
    • One Teacher Recommendation
    • Official SAT Reasoning or ACT test scores**
    • Official High School Transcript(s)

 **We will only consider SAT Reasoning test results from the October 11, 2014 (or prior) test date or ACT results from the September 13, 2014 and October 25, 2014 (or prior) test dates for students applying for Competitive Scholarship Day. Results from later dates are not guaranteed to arrive by the December 1 Competitive Scholarship application deadline. All test results submitted after December 1 may be used to determine Linfield merit scholarship eligibility.

Rules

1. The Linfield Competitive Scholarship program is open only to high school seniors who are American citizens or permanent residents, including American students living abroad. Students with outstanding academic records and test scores are encouraged to apply.

2. Participation in the Competitive Scholarship program is by invitation only. To qualify for consideration, interested students must do the following by December 1 of the senior year:

  1. Complete the application for admission (see item 3)
  2. Complete the Competitive Scholarship section of the Common Application Member Questions for Linfield College. A completed application includes the following:
    • Common Application with Essay
    • Linfield Member Questions on the Common Application
    • School Report
    • One Teacher Recommendation
    • Official SAT Reasoning or ACT test scores**
    • Official High School Transcript(s)

All application materials must be postmarked or submitted online by December 1.

 **We will only consider SAT Reasoning test results from the October 11, 2014 (or prior) test date or ACT results from the September 13, 2014 and October 25, 2014 (or prior) test dates for students applying for Competitive Scholarship Day. Results from later dates are not guaranteed to arrive by the December 1 Competitive Scholarship application deadline. All test results submitted after December 1 may be used to determine Linfield merit scholarship eligibility.

3. Students must rank a total of three exam choices in the Competitive Scholarship section of the Common Application Member Questions for Linfield College. Students should select areas in which they feel most competent and do not need to be in the intended academic major. For example, a student is welcome to select chemistry, biology and music, even if they intend on majoring in psychology. Each exam competition may limit the number of students allowed to participate. Placement into an exam competition is not guaranteed and will be based upon the quality of the application for admission to Linfield College and supporting credentials.

4. Students will be notified of their invitation to participate in the Competitive Scholarship Program via email and postal mail no later than January 9, 2015. Invited students must confirm their participation online by January 30, 2015.

5. Invited students will be selected for one examination only, which is included in the Competitive Scholarship program invitation. Examination changes are at the discretion of the Director of Admission and should be made, by the invited student, in writing to admission@linfield.edu by February 6, 2015. No exam changes will be made after February 6, including on the day of the event.

6. Exams must be conducted on the Linfield College campus in McMinnville on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Exams may not be proctored off-campus.

7. Up to three scholarships may be awarded in each exam competition

  • First place – $20,000 ($5,000 annually)
  • Second place – $16,000 ($4,000 annually)
  • Third place – $12,000 ($3,000 annually)

Depending examination results, the department proctoring the exam may not offer all scholarships.

8. Competitive Scholarship exam results will be mailed no later than April 1, 2015.

9. Competitive scholarship winners are not required to study or major in their exam area, but students must enroll at Linfield College in order to receive the scholarship. The Competitive Scholarship will be added to previously awarded merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid.

10. The Competitive Scholarship is automatically renewable for the sophomore year. All award winners must maintain good academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA) and reapply for financial aid in a timely manner in order to continue receiving the scholarship beyond sophomore year.

11. Competitive Scholarships can be combined with other Linfield-merit awards (for example, Trustee, Presidential, Frances Ross Linfield and Faculty Scholarships and Music Achievement Awards) until the total scholarship amount awarded, when combined, does not exceed the cost of tuition.

When a student’s awarded scholarships exceed the cost of tuition, the Office of Financial Aid will revise the student’s offer of scholarship to the maximum amount permitted up to the cost of tuition. A student may see a reduction or removal of previously awarded scholarships, but will receive the best combination of scholarships up to the cost of tuition for the student’s first year at Linfield.
 
Students who have applied for Tuition Exchange may participate in Competitive Scholarship Day, as they are encouraged to apply for all Linfield scholarship opportunities in the event they are not awarded a Tuition Exchange Scholarship. However, if a student wins a Competitive Scholarship, and is later awarded a full Tuition Exchange Scholarship, the student will forfeit their Competitive Scholarship (as well as other merit-based scholarships previously awarded).
 
Students who are a dependent of a Linfield College employee may participate in Competitive Scholarship Day if they are not eligible for 100 percent tuition remission based on the hire date of the employee. Tuition remission is authorized for dependents of regular status employees for degree programs. The portion of tuition covered under this policy is administered on a sliding scale as follows: 50 precent benefit beginning with the semester after one year of service; 75 percent benefit beginning with the semester after two years of service; 100 percent benefit beginning with the semester after three years of service. If a student wins a Competitive Scholarship, but achieves full tuition remission before graduating, the student will forfeit their Competitive Scholarship (as well as other merit-based scholarships previously awarded) upon receiving full tuition remission.

12. Scholarships are awarded to the top three exam participants based on all participating students, and exams are not ranked after third place. Once awarded, scholarships are not reassigned should a recipient not enroll at Linfield College (e.g., if the third place recipient does not enroll, the scholarship is not awarded to the fourth place result).

13. Materials students submit as part of their exam (i.e., essays written) are not returned to the Office of Admission or the student participants, with the exception of materials brought to campus as part of the portfolio for the art exam.