By Sandra Dimitrakopoulos
A new scholarship grid system is being implemented by administration at Wilfrid Laurier University in hopes of attracting students in both quantity and quality.
The scholarship program, starting in September 1998, is based on entrance averages where grants of $1,000 will be given to students applying with an 85 to 90 per cent average, $1,500 to those with a 90 to 92.5 per cent average, $2,000 to students with averages between 92.5 to 95 per cent and $2,500 to those applying with 95 per cent averages and above.
The idea for a scholarship grid came out of liaison relationships with students who wanted to know about guaranteed residence and scholarships, Students' Union president Stewart Wong said. There was also a scramble to maintain enrollment numbers this year and a second round of acceptance letters had to be sent out due to a lack of response by the first set of applicants.
Laurier president Bob Rosehart said this measure is not being used to gain more students but rather to maintain numbers. "The scholarship is not new but simplifies the message to students about how much they are minimally guaranteed."
Discussion has been raised about where the funding for the program will come from and there are worries the $500,000 budget for the scholarships will be cut from the academic faculties, Wong said. The budget is still being decided on.
Western, which saw a 10 per cent increase in enrollment this year, has had a scholarship grid program for quite a while, vice-provost and registrar Roma Harris said. These scholarships are funded through various donations and fund-raising efforts completed by the registrar.
"The scholarships are trying to communicate that Western is interested in attracting quality students."