As I relax during my deeply cherished winter break, I watched one of my favorite films, Gladiator. Not only do I love the film for its superb action sequences, but I also find the semi-accurate story of a power struggle quite compelling. At the beginning of the film, Emperor Marcus Aurelius chooses between a courageous general and his son, the legacy of the royal bloodline.
Legacies don’t just exist in historical dramas. The modern-day prospective college student is also up against legacies – students who sometimes receive priority admission if their parents are alumni of the school where they are applying. I certainly do not carry a grudge against those who carry a legacy. I won’t lie; if I had a legacy, I would use the influence to my advantage. However, I am slightly annoyed that I might be denied in favor of another student who lacks credentials, but has connections.
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I recently had a conversation with a teacher, and she told me about a former valedictorian at my school. He aspired to attend one particular Ivy League college and definitely carried the proper credentials. Despite his sparkling application, the school rejected him. On the other hand, the college accepted another legacy student of the same graduating class. This student didn’t even make the top 10 percent of the class. From what I’ve heard, he flourished at his legacy college, but I couldn’t help feeling sorry for the valedictorian.
However, do not let the previous anecdote frighten you. I know multitudes of non-legacies who entered their dream school. My two cousins enrolled at Harvard without the influence of a legacy. Furthermore, many of my friends who applied early received joyful acceptance letters without parental influence. In fact, many of my friends who do carry a legacy chose to apply elsewhere because they just didn’t like their parent’s college.
I came to a crucial conclusion: While legacies may give you a leg up on the application process, they are not the sole factor for the decisions of the college admissions counselors. We no longer live in ancient times where your blood determined your place in life. You must carry drive, talent and inspiration to stand out as an exemplar student. While I really can’t read the minds of those college admissions counselors, I think that they just might agree with my assertions.
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Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Legacy Scholarship.
Materials Needed to Complete the Legacy Scholarship Application
- APPLICATION: Please fill out the application in its entirety. Applications can be accessed two ways.
- REFERENCE FORM: This reference form can be from a professor/teacher, a community citizen (cannot be related to applicant). You have two ways to have your reference complete the form:
Please return any paper materials to:
Ohio University Alumni Association
Konneker Alumni Center
52 University Terrace
Athens, Ohio 45701
Failure to complete all sections of this application may significantly delay the processing time of your application. The application must be received by Feb. 1 for the following academic year.
Information about Review Process
The committee will consider the application in full, including:
- Academic Performance, Awards/Honors
- School/Community Activities
- Reference Form
- Narrative essay
Additional information may be used from your application for admission and financial aid forms.
After all applications are received on Feb. 1, 2018 the committee will review applications, meet, and decide winners. The committee will be in contact if any questions arise. All students will receive a letter informing them of the committee’s decision. If you have any questions, you can contact Vickie McFadden.
The completed Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5 p.m. ON FEB. 1, 2018.