Blue Marlin Scholarship increases applicant pool

Aoife Branco
News Editor

Once solely available to freshman students, The Blue Marlin Scholarship is going to be available to all students who meet the requirements, starting in the fall of 2014.
“It would be beneficial if it came out in the fall and seniors could apply and it could be implemented in their spring tuition,” said senior Jasmine Rivera.
In the past, Virginia Wesleyan College awarded this scholarship to deserving freshmen each spring semester. The increased application pool widens the potential benefits the scholarship provides for students.
“I will take advantage of the scholarship because as students it is hard to get financial aid that we need to continue enrollment in college,” said junior Karim Kerr.
However, not all members of the student body are appreciative of the scholarship’s being offered to all students at VWC.
“It was hard enough to fight for the scholarship as a freshman versus other freshmen, and now we have to fight with the whole school,” said sophomore Dani Profitt. “It’s not fair. We need more scholarships.”
The scholarships awarded range anywhere from $500-$2,000 based on academic performance, financial need and extracurricular involvement.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must be full-time, degree-seeking, day students having completed 12 credit hours, have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and have demonstrated a financial need.
Now that the scholarship is available to all students, the competition for being awarded the scholarship will increase tenfold.