Q: The local community college is useless to me, as one must be at least a high
school senior to take classes there. Furthermore, New York State is perhaps
the worst state, law-wise, to attempt such a thing. The GED option could
happen, but I'd have to complete the year of school in which I turn 16 (10th
grade). With this in mind, I've a new plan. Graduate at the end of 11th
grade. Supposedly, the classes I took in middle school are worth something.
So with a modicum of schedule tampering (doubling up on gym, english, and
social studies in the 11th grade) I can graduate with a two color diploma
printed on faux parchment, with only one (albeit considerably more stressful)
additional year of school as compared to the GED option.
What kind of scholarships are available to students who have a GED?
A:I would suggest you look into this yourself. I have never heard of one being available. GEDs are considered to be had by idiots, that's the honest truth. Though I know many smart people who have them, overall many under acheivers have to settle for GEDs. I would do a google search. You may have to take a semester or two worth of schooling to prove yourself, THEN apply for some scholarships. i lived in a somewhat rural area at the time and didnt have a ton of school options. so i went for the GED. i have not been able to find any scholarships directly applying to GED students, not yet. And as rare as this is, i agree with ryan about one thing: you need to prove yourself. if you've got alot of involvement, community action, or leadership experience, then play on that. plenty of scholarships out there are based on personal non-academic merit. And if that doesnt work out as well as you'd like it to, then there is always community college for a semester or two. suck it up, go there, get your good grades and good creds and then the GED is a thing of the past. And while you may have to present a copy of it occaisonally, depending on what you do or where you go the next several years in life, as long as you've been in some sort of college and done well, that is what matters. The GED, like your hs diploma will take a major backseat to what you do in college. Right now i am at emory univ in atlanta(anyone hear of it? i've been in atl all my life and dont know if its famous or not. its big here, but we dont have much else either). Its a terribley expensive school,. but i've got enough scholarships to pay my way. and a pert time job helps pay the rest of the bills. Yes, I have to work my ass off ten times more than if i just paid the cash and didnt have scholarships, but there isnt much of a choice there. sooooo, yes it is possible. lots of people do it. yes there can be a stigma attached to your having a GED. all you have to do is prove that wrong. and if you really want to, you will.
Jodi Chick said:
That is NOT true. There are a lot of scholarships available to GED students. Many colleges and universities have them available. I have received 3 so far and am about to enter my third year of college in the B.S.B.A program. GED students are not considered idiots except by idiots. That piece of paper that you get from the local high school doesn't mean anything. What matters is what you do in college. If you score high on the GED, you will be eligible for more money, just like other students. My advice...do what you have to do to get where you want to be when you want to be there. Do not let people convince you that getting a GED makes you look stupid. It does not. You can be anything you want to be with or without a framed diploma from the local public school.
I think when people say GED holders are underachievers and stupid are idiots. Personally I had to get my GED because I was going to a private school. My finances got messed up so they kicked me out. Keep in mind this was the last semester of my senior year as I had a 3.8 GPA. So don't go saying that just because people get their GED's that they are stupid, or lazy, or whatever else you have to say. There are some that are that way, but then there are those in situations like myself.
I left school with a 4.0 and am currently working on getting my GED, To say that GED's are only held by idiots is the most idiotic thing i've ever heard. I can tell you right now that I am 10xs more intelligent then yourself; and i can also tell you that the university of atlanta is no Yale, Princeton, or Harvard. I've already proved you wrong since i've gotten a few more scholarships then yourself :)
Can any of you provide links to the scholarships avaialbe to GED students? As a school principal/superintendent I find that overall GED students are much more intelligent then the average HS student. There are of course exceptions to every statement. I have several student with HSD who cannot read and or write their own names, much less function in the real world. I don't have any GED students who can't read or locate the information they need to be successful. be proud you got a GED! It is not an easy accomplishment that you can earn filling a seat for at least 4 years and getting by with a 59.5%.
Im looking around still I have my GED. i scored high enough for an honors diploma. if any1 finds anything please share a link
Ho Li Schitt said:
Idiots?? I don't think so. After 21 years, and raising my own children to adulthood, I went back to get my GED last March. Did you know that upwards of 80% of high school seniors CAN NOT pass the GED test without prep courses? I DID. In South Dakota they REQUIRE 60 hours of prep classes before you can even pre-test. I didn't have to do the class study time, I was told that there was nothing they could do for me, because my TABE was so high, so I just went and tested. I scored VERY high on my GED. I just finished my first year of college, as a 9th grade high school dropout, who, at the age of 37, got her GED and went back to school. I have a GPA of 3.8 (The B I got in college algebra dropped my 4.0), and I received $1000 scholarship on Monday for BEING A GED RECIPIENT! Don't let ANYONE tell you that you are less because you obtained your GED, rather than a high school diploma! You just tell them that any IDIOT can fake their way through daily work and pass, it takes intelligence to prove that you know the material, all at once, when you weren't even taught most of it!
all my yrs of hs i had to miss because i had to help work and make money for my familly i had to babysit and my education was never important to anyone but myself. i missed alot of school but i still rarely had anything lower then a b. my senior yr i had to drop out because my parents needed more money. i got my ged after i moved out of my parents house to prove that i want stupid to myself. now im trying to go to college and because i have a ged i dont have a gpa and this is a required feild on most scolarship and college applications. im trying to move forward, but i feel like i keep running into walls.
Okay, so i'm in a dilema. See, I'm 16(turning 17 in a month) and i'm going highschool and college. In highschool I'm in all honors and well i really don't care for highschool. I actually took it as a joke(became a slacker as a sophmore)...so ofcourse i didn't do much, i had like acouple of D's >.< and my GPA went to 2.8. But since i was in honors my weighted gpa is 3.8. The problem is that most colleges don't look at honors classes or weighted GPA's. So i'm screwed there. but the plus side is that i also go to college part time. (scholarship) In college i have 28 credits and my gpa is 3.8. Since my highschool GPA sucks, should i get my GED and continue college? i think i'd be more successful but i'm not sure if i'm able to get much scholarships with a ged. I'm trying to convince my parents since I know i screwed up bad and I'm really trying to fix my mistake. I know I'm smart enough, heck i took calculus when i was 14 and got a B...Just my stupid mistakes from the past are making me face the consequences...so yeah, what do you people think i should do?
A mother said:
Anyone who thinks a GED is for losers only, is completely ignorant! I'm far from stupid....(I have 3 college degrees); my daughter suffered a severe concussion and hence, severe post-concussion syndrome and had terrible difficulty in a "regular" school after that. I pulled her and she took all 5 GED tests and scored a 3056 total. She has been accepted to every single university she's applied to! All of you out there thinking of going the GED route; do well and those that know better, will WANT you at their college....to "em"...you're no idiot, do what YOU think you should do. It takes a very intelligent person to know when something doesn't work for them and does something to improve themselves. By the way, I'm 50 with 3 bachelors degrees and 1 year of my MBA.....and NEVER took a business class while in college but proved how well I could do and was accepted.
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