I'll be starting my MSc next year, and just got informed that I won a Merit-based scholarship that covers tuition (although the school is in Israel, where tuition is heavily subsidized anyway), and also a generous monthly allowance.
I already have an advisor, (for whom I worked for the past year on a research project), and she told me she can fund an additional scholarship for me, on top of the first one. However it turns out that the amount I'll get in the first scholarship reaches the maximal amount the university allows MSc students, and exceptions need special permission.
I'm not greedy, but after 4 years of school I'm not in great financial shape, and that extra monthly sum would really help. But before I meet with whomever to get that special permission, I wanted to know what reason the university has to impose the restriction in the first place? It makes no sense to me.