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# MAAC Scholarships - USC, UTA, etc. Wondering about $$ Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics Author Message Intern Joined: 18 Mar 2010 Posts: 6 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 MAAC Scholarships - USC, UTA, etc. Wondering about$$$[#permalink] 18 Mar 2010, 12:09 Hey guys, I was preparing my application until some circumstances came up that I couldn't borrow money for grad. school. I used to work at an asset manager but team got laid off, and no post-grad offer. I've been job hunting for about 14 months, and maybe I can land a mid-30's job, then work as a bartender at night, and cater on the weekends. I'm trying to save money for USC Leventhal. I am also a Communication from a large NE state school, so it's hard to make anyone believe I have the technical skills to do the job despite my internships. I wanted to know what is the criteria for merit scholarships? Is GMAT, leadership, GPA, service for USC and others? I have a 3.62 GPA, and have been testing around 680-720 on practice exams (official, Manhattan, PowerScore), but I only have student loans to my name from undergrad. Just trying to break through with a reputable degree and a new recruiting season. Money is a big issue for me as I paid for undergrad, so I'm curious about the packages. Calculating how long I have to work for, doing a job I don't enjoy. If I had a choice, I'd go to USC immediately.. Thanks guys, I appreciate it!  Kaplan GMAT Prep Discount Codes Knewton GMAT Discount Codes Manhattan GMAT Discount Codes Intern Joined: 26 Feb 2010 Posts: 24 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: MAAC Scholarships - USC, UTA, etc. Wondering about $$[#permalink] 18 Mar 2010, 16:21 wolfyserver wrote: I wanted to know what is the criteria for merit scholarships? Is GMAT, leadership, GPA, service for USC and others? I have a 3.62 GPA, and have been testing around 680-720 on practice exams (official, Manhattan, PowerScore), but I only have student loans to my name from undergrad. Just trying to break through with a reputable degree and a new recruiting season. Well, my GPA was a 3.64 and my GMAT was a 680, and I got 15,000 from USC, so normally I'd say you could expect around that much... however, it is getting sort of late to apply, so I don't know how many more scholarships they're giving out. Why are you interested in pursuing a MAcc, if you don't mind me asking? Intern Joined: 18 Mar 2010 Posts: 6 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: MAAC Scholarships - USC, UTA, etc. Wondering about$$$ [#permalink]  18 Mar 2010, 17:43
hey shannon,

During my banking interviews I always struggled because I didn't have a quantitative major. i learned that when times get tough, that's really when the value of your school pulls through--like brand, alums helping you, etc. it's a 2nd chance for me to do the work I want: corporate finance, management consulting, etc. so i'm going to tough it out for these 2 years and save up for it.

may i ask, does the scholarship depend on your age too? i'm almost 24. but if i could get that amount after writing the essay for USC, i can go!!

thanks!!
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Re: MAAC Scholarships - USC, UTA, etc. Wondering about $$[#permalink] 18 Mar 2010, 17:53 wolfyserver wrote: hey shannon, During my banking interviews I always struggled because I didn't have a quantitative major. i learned that when times get tough, that's really when the value of your school pulls through--like brand, alums helping you, etc. it's a 2nd chance for me to do the work I want: corporate finance, management consulting, etc. so i'm going to tough it out for these 2 years and save up for it. may i ask, does the scholarship depend on your age too? i'm almost 24. but if i could get that amount after writing the essay for USC, i can go!! thanks!! No, my scholarship doesn't depend on age... in fact, I've never heard of a scholarship depending on age before. Many (most?) students in MAcc programs are doing it for their CPA license requirements. One thing I've learned is that they really like students to have a concrete reason as to why they're interested in accounting. And I have to confess, most accounting programs I've looked at are not heavy in quantitative skills, it's a pretty common misconception. Since you're interested in finance, why not pursue a master's in finance? I think it would better fit your needs. Intern Joined: 18 Feb 2010 Posts: 22 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 1 Re: MAAC Scholarships - USC, UTA, etc. Wondering about$$$[#permalink] 18 Mar 2010, 17:56 I'm confused; do you want a Masters of Accounting or an MBA? It seems like your goals may be more inline with what an MBA program can offer you. Good luck with whatever you decide to do! Intern Joined: 18 Mar 2010 Posts: 6 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: MAAC Scholarships - USC, UTA, etc. Wondering about $$[#permalink] 18 Mar 2010, 17:58 oh i definitely agree, i am going to sit down for the CPA. i have about 160 credits now (tried 2 degrees), and am studying accounting by myself at night. but the problem really is i guess the network. there are jobs i know i can do, but i just can't get my foot through the door. i was wondering though, what's your reason for USC? it seems difficult for me to express passion for accounting. so i'm still trying to figure that out! Intern Joined: 18 Mar 2010 Posts: 6 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: MAAC Scholarships - USC, UTA, etc. Wondering about$$$ [#permalink]  18 Mar 2010, 18:00
lycaon wrote:
I'm confused; do you want a Masters of Accounting or an MBA? It seems like your goals may be more inline with what an MBA program can offer you. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

agreed. i thought about a mba too, but no experience and it's quite expensive. i feel like i need a MSA to round myself out because i'm all liberal arts. but i'm open to all opinions!
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