Expanded Financial Aid Allows Emory Students to Aim Even Higher | Emory University


Maya Caron wants to be a doctor.

Ben Damon wants to influence politics.

Rosseirys De La Rosa wants to support her family.

Anna Lindquist wants to teach people the power of words.

Every student comes to college with a dream. At Emory University, financial aid programs help make those dreams a reality. With Emory’s need-based aid—using scholarships, grants, and the newly expanded Emory Advantage program—students can make the most of their time on campus.

“To ensure Emory fulfills our mission to serve humanity in all that we do, we continue to invest in making an Emory education affordable for talented students from all financial backgrounds,” said President Gregory L. Fenves. . “By eliminating need-based loans for undergraduates, our students have the opportunity to graduate Emory with less debt as they embark on their extraordinary journeys after graduation.”

For students like Rosseirys De La Rosa, financial aid makes college possible. The eldest from Lynn, Massachusetts, is majoring in anthropology and human biology with a minor in African American studies. Through a combination of the Emory University Scholarship (awarded to students with demonstrated need) and the Emory Advantage Loan Replacement Scholarship, as well as federal aid, De La Rosa was able to maximize her experience. During her second year, she conducted research on the DNA of indigenous peoples in Uruguay, which prompted her to want to pursue a doctorate after graduation.

She is also President of the Association of Caribbean Students and Educators, Vice President of Black and Latinx in STEM, and Mentor in the MORE and 1915 Scholars programs.

“Not having to worry about using my job to pay off loans, buy books and groceries – there’s no way I could have done it healthily, got good grades and still been an active member of the Emory community without financial support,” says De La Rose. “I’m forever grateful because not having to worry about my finances in school allowed me to do all of these amazing things that gave me a complete education at Emory.”

Maya Caron

For Maya Caron, a junior from Deltona, Florida, 1915 Scholars was a boon to her education. The program provides mentorship to first-generation students, who often receive need-based assistance to help them transition from admission to entry.

Caron says she had never heard of Emory until a high school counselor suggested she apply. With ambitions to be a doctor, Caron says she knew she didn’t want to have a lot of undergraduate debt because of the cost of medical school. Caron receives need-based scholarships and grants from Emory, as well as federal grants to help fund his education.

“Without financial assistance, I would not have been able to attend Emory,” says Caron, who is a business major. “Then I would have to take out medical school loans. It would be a big stressor.

Being at Emory has afforded Caron a myriad of hands-on learning opportunities, including conducting research through the Emory College SIRE program. Under the tutelage of Miranda Moore, an assistant professor specializing in health care delivery at the Emory School of Medicine, Caron studied patient perceptions of different models of primary care.

She also worked as a certified medical assistant in a hospital during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and followed a medical assistant. She is currently studying for the MCAT and taking prerequisite courses for medical school. Armed with her commercial training, she plans to open an internal medicine practice.

Programs like 1915 Scholars provide a network, so students don’t feel alone. Emory’s Mariposa Scholars Program for DACA Recipients offers similar support to eligible students.

In addition, Emory’s prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr.-Woodruff Scholarship, which is both merit-based and need-based, provides financial aid and mentorship to a new high school graduate student. Atlanta audience.

Eliminate loans

The university recently announced the expansion of Emory Advantage to eliminate need-based loans in undergraduate student financial aid programs. The loans will be replaced by grants and institutional scholarships starting this fall for the 2022-23 academic year.

“Because Emory meets all of the financial needs of our undergraduate students, we provide a pathway to help our students and their families make an Emory education affordable,” says John Leach, associate vice provost for enrollment and university financial aid. “Emory joins a handful of elite institutions to replace need-based loans with grants – giving our undergraduates the chance to graduate debt-free.”

Ben Damon

Students like Ben Damon, a freshman from Austin, Texas, are benefiting from this investment. Damon took a gap year before coming to Oxford College. He was drawn to Oxford for its strong liberal arts program and close-knit community. A combination of Emory grants and scholarships, an Emory Advantage loan replacement grant, and federal aid made this possible.

“The college application process was stressful, but I liked Emory because I had heard good things about Atlanta and the academic profile was what I was looking for,” says Damon. “I was looking for a collaborative environment and a strong liberal arts foundation, so I didn’t have to make a decision on my major right away.”

Damon is studying philosophy, politics and law and is considering law school or business school. In the meantime, he stays busy as a freshman senator for the Student Government Association on the budget and health and welfare committees, treasurer for the chess club, and events coordinator for the dance organization. of Oxford Fair.

Booming student

Nearly 42% of Emory undergraduates receive need-based financial aid. Investing in more needs-based aid reflects one of the principles of the 2O36 campaign: student development. As part of the campaign, the university hopes to raise $750 million for scholarships.

“Through the Student Fulfillment Initiative, we are making additional investments to nurture the whole student and ensure their professional and personal success,” says Provost Ravi V. Bellamkonda. “We realize that the financial well-being of students can impact their Emory experience, which is why we are making scholarships a central and essential part of our 2O36 campaign. We’re delivering on our promise to make Emory more accessible to all families, regardless of socioeconomic status.

When students have fully met their demonstrated financial need, they perform better in the classroom. They also gain greater freedom to participate in extracurricular activities, research, service learning, and internship/clerkship opportunities that give them an edge after graduation. It helps students discover their passions and identify where they can make a positive difference in the world.

Anna Lindquist

Anna Lindquist, a senior from St. Louis, Missouri, says Emory’s creative writing program has allowed her to dream big as a storyteller. Lindquist started in Oxford with the help of Emory grants and scholarships, as well as federal aid and loans. She says attending her first creative writing workshop and sharing her poetry and fiction with the class let her know she was in the right place. Emory is also where she says she found Shakespeare.

“Shakespeare with Professor Sarah Higinbotham was one of my favorite classes,” says Lindquist, who is graduating in English and creative writing this spring with a minor in ethics at Emory College. “I didn’t think I would like it because of the [Elizabethan English]but her passion and the way she taught the course made me love it.

At Oxford, outside of the classroom, Lindquist became involved in the photography club and the theater department. Now as editor of Alloy, Emory’s annual literary magazine, she is working on a revamp of the publication.

Lindquist says she’s just grateful because her financial help “has given me so much freedom to do the things I’ve always wanted to do.”

Fast facts:

• Nearly 42% of Emory undergraduates receive need-based financial aid.

• Emory ranks fifth in economic diversity.*

• 20% of Emory undergraduates receive Pell grants.**

* US News & World Report ranks the nation’s top 25 universities for economic diversity based on the number of undergraduates receiving Pell scholarships.

** Federal Pell Grants are generally awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need and have not yet graduated.


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