Talk:Scholarships

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Change the word?

Although "scholarships" is a word that has been used for years, it doesn't seem to be the right word for this situation. To me, it seems as if "you're getting your university paid for", and not "you're getting your trip paid for". Perhaps "sponsorships", or "rebates" might be a more appropriate term? --— μ 16:56, July 14 2010 (UTC) 16:56, 14 July 2010 (UTC)

Actually, it means more than just "getting your university paid for". In its most basic form (and I think the original idea of the gift), scholarships were meant to be a "grant-in-aid to a student" so that they can attend the conference even though they wouldn't be able to pay for it by themselves. (See Wiktionary for the definition.) Furthermore, there really isn't another good word for it – sponsorship is completely different and implies that they're organizations sponsoring Wikimania itself, and rebate just doesn't make sense. Let's not worry about semantics and stuff like this, especially when it's worked for years. :-) Cbrown1023 talk 17:25, 14 July 2010 (UTC)

--احمد شرقي 14:20, 8 January 2011 (UTC)]]ahmed chergui--احمد شرقي 14:20, 8 January 2011 (UTC)

Special Consideration

Following the committee rating process, special consideration will be factored in for [...] female applicants (an under-represented editing demographic).

Thanks a lot! There a significant smaller group of females at the Wikimedia projects, but they should have a bigger chance! Why? If there only 20% females, so they also only get 20% of the Scholarships! Why they should have a greater chance than we male? Why? Why this should be fair? Why I as man have to pay for the missing women at the projects? As male from a northern and rich country (but I'm not rich!) seems have a so much lesser chance, that I only can say, this is completely unfair! Marcus Cyron 16:15, 7 January 2011 (UTC)

Finding out your score

I have taken note that the selection criteria is based on scores for three categories. For those that applied for a scholarship, would the scores they received be given on request? CT Cooper · talk 20:26, 28 March 2011 (UTC)

I'm afraid they will not, as they are meaningful only in comparison with the other scores. The final list of full scholarship recipients also underwent some adjustments to insure proper representation of various groups. As a rule, people who applied for a partial scholarship and stated they could pay the difference were considered for a partial scholarship (now $425) only, and actually had very good chances of getting it. We will publish some statistics about the scholarship process when we're less busy with handling the results. Harel 20:29, 28 March 2011 (UTC)
Okay, thank you for your swift response. I look forward to seeing those statistics. CT Cooper · talk 21:10, 28 March 2011 (UTC)