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I am dressing up my CV for graduate school admissions (Asian studies). I have included my merit-based scholarships in "Awards." However, is it also appropriate to list scholarships that I have been awarded that are judged based on financial need? Most of those also judge academic merit as a factor (though it is given less weight based on financial aid), and some of the need-based ones are considered competitive due to the ratio of awards to applicants.

I guess what I'm worried about is, does it disclose too much information about my financial situation--information which could bias an admissions committee against me?

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I would not recommend listing non-merit scholarships on an application unless the admissions office requires it for some reason. They are simply orthogonal to your intellectual achievements, and thus do not generally belong on a C.V.

Note, however, that some non-merit scholarships do come with accompanying jobs, e.g., via work-study programs. It may be appropriate to list such employment on your C.V. if it has anything to do with the goal you are aiming at.

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  • Don't you think that even non-merit scholarships still show initiative, drive, resourcefulness, and the ability to compellingly argue (in the application)? – user38309 Dec 1 '15 at 23:11
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    @schester If you have applied for them separately in a competitive process, then they could be listed under "funding secured." When I was writing this, however, I was thinking about need-based scholarships, which many are, which don't demonstrate anything in particular. – jakebeal Dec 1 '15 at 23:35

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