Step 5: Final Selection
Although this step does not require any effort from your end apart from checking email, it still is an important part of your scholarship application. Among 600 candidates interviewed, only 240-250 are selected both for fall and spring. 100-120 go in the Fall term (August to December), whereas the rest go in the Spring term. Among these almost 200 are selected as principal candidates, while rest are categorized as alternate candidates and are put in a queue for next sessions. Usually those selected as alternate candidates for fall are turned into principal either in the Fall or Spring. Also, few of the alternate candidates of Spring are designated as Principal candidates but this does not apply to everyone; it primarily depends on the availability of funds for that specific year. Final calls (emails more precisely) are sent in the 1st week of April. Emails to all grantees are sent simultaneously. Everyone who is selected as either a Principal or Alternate, whether for Fall or for Spring, receive an email on the same day as everyone else does. Those who cannot make it may receive rejection emails after a couple of weeks.