The newly revised scholarship system contains different standard from the former one.
/Extracted from Dongguk Univeristy Website
The Dongguk University Scholarship Foundation revised the scholarship system that will be applied from the second semester of 2021. The new system will score students by adding 50% of grades, 30% of participation in extracurricular activities, and 20% of family circumstances, which is measured by income decile that is gauged by Korea Student Aid Foundation (KOSAF). Moreover, the honor student scholarship system for students who get the highest score for each course has disappeared. The official reason for the abolition was the fairness of selection and insufficient effect of scholarship. Many students are confused about a completely different scholarship system.
On Everytime, the school’s anonymous online community, voices against the reorganized system are growing. In the case of students with a low-income level, they argue that they want to receive a senior scholarship only based on their grade. Furthermore, students belonging to the high-income level insist that they cannot understand why the school is considering income as a criterion whereas grade scholarship is established to enhance academic achievement.
Song Jeong-yun, a sophomore of the Department of Statistics, said, “There are already systems such as national scholarships to help students in a relatively poor financial status. While there were only few scholarships based on grades, not only removing the honor student scholarship system for each course, but also including the income as the criterion will deserve complaints from many students.”
Regarding this revised scholarship system, Dongguk University Scholarship Foundation said, “There is a possibility to gradually revise some parts of the new scholarship system in the long term. However, since the revised scholarship system was determined by collecting opinions of many students and professors, there will be no significant changes for the present.” She also added, “Opposing opinions may appear to be emphasized, but students who are in difficult family circumstances would have psychological difficulty to actively express their opinions.” She informed that there are many students who agree with the revised system.
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