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Can I Apply for Scholarships With No Class Rank?

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Question: My high school (in Montgomery County, Md.) stopped ranking students last year. I didn't mind that at the time, but now that I'm looking at scholarships, a lot of them require applicants to be in the top five or 10 percent of their class. I don't know my ranking since the school doesn't do that anymore. Can I still apply?

The Montgomery County public schools are well known for producing strong, competitive students with sky-high grades in rigorous classes and where the number-one GPA may be separated from number 20 by a fraction of a fraction. Thus, it's no wonder that your school system has joined a growing number of districts that have decided to eliminate class rank. Yet many high schools that don't officially compute a rank are still willing to accommodate students like you who need one for scholarship purposes.

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