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.
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