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Scholarship Center Not Intended to Replace Existing Resources

Scholarship Center Not Intended to Replace Existing Resources

The piece "UAA Office Opens New Scholarship Center" [Feb. 17] seems to have stirred some uncertainty about the possible relocation of a number of basic administrative and informational services for both undergraduate and graduate students. Here's our attempt to clarify things.

First, there will be no rearrangement in the essential structure of these services, nor was one ever intended. The facility we are putting together in the UAA is intended mainly to provide a centralized but extremely basic listing of opportunities open to current MIT undergraduates across a broad range of categories - including not only fellowships and scholarships of many types but also a variety of special grants, awards, prizes, and other forms of enablement and distinction.

In nearly every case, its prime business is as a referral source, directing interested students to any of the numerous particular offices (e.g. Student Financial Aid Office, Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, Career Services) where they can receive more specifically detailed information concerning eligibility rules, application procedures, and deadlines, as well as expert practical guidance on how to make the strongest possible case for themselves.

Essentially, we are here to help sharpen awareness of possibilities and help students map the terrain. We believe that MIT students should be persistent in asking and aggressive in finding answers to the question: "I wonder what may be waiting out there for me to catch hold of, and that I may not even know about." We hope to join with many others around the Institute in raising to even higher levels the numbers who ask that question, get the answers, and ultimately catch firm hold of whatever is in fact out there for them.

People with ideas on ways to strengthen this effort are urged to contact us in person (7-104), by phone (x3-6771), or on electronic mail.

Travis R. Merritt

Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Ida G. Faber

Administrator of the Scholarship, Fellowship, Grant, and Award Center