We're officially into the new school year. This is as appropriate a time as any to let you all know about the tri-annual academic scholarship that I will be awarding at the end of each semester in 2009.

What's the purpose of the scholarship?

To award conscientious medical/pre-medical students for their hard work.

What's the scholarship valued at?


Who will win?

One applicant who can provide evidence of a consistent work ethic leading to academic success in the previous semester. This doesn't necessarily mean the highest GPA. I will also be considering numerical improvement in courses taken last semester. I will also be considering the content of a short personal statement to select a winner.

Who is eligible to apply?

Full-time medical/pre-medical students, who are users of the 4.0 GPA Learning Systemģ.

Why the exclusivity?

Quite simply, because one component of the course - the web-based study aid, allows me to monitor students' time spent studying throughout the semester accurately. This data will be correlated with grades achieved and other criteria mentioned.

Will this scholarship be offered at the end of this current semester?


Will the scholarship be offered in 2010?

This depends on the success of the program in 2009. If interest remains high and students benefit from the contest, I will continue awarding scholarships next year.

Here is a personal statement from the winner of the January 2009 semester academic scholarship.

"Hi my name is J.C. Iím currently a first year medical student at Ross University. I studied biomedical engineering at the University of Utah and I decided to try the same approach in medical school that I used in college. I soon realized that approach wasnít efficient enough to handle the demanding workload I faced.

Physiology was my strongest subject. This I realized very quickly. I struggled in histology, but then got the hang of it and did well. Like many first year medical students, I found biochemistry to be my weakest subject. Despite a concerted effort, I was borderline passing throughout the semester. I didnít like the fact that I had high grades in some classes and poor grades in biochemistry.

One day a friend of mine in West Virginia called me out of the blue. He told me about a new learning system that a couple of students at Ross had put together. I hadnít heard about it, so my friendís call piqued my interest. Later that day, I went online and read the special report they had on their website to see what it was about.

I was surprised to see some of the ideas I was thinking about trying were right in front of me on the computer screen. Talk about a coincidence! It was exciting because I could immediately get the sense that Cesar and Anna (the authors of this system) thought a lot like me. They understood the importance of getting high grades and living a balanced life, despite being in medical school.

They had their transcripts posted in the report, so I could see that they had obviously done really well at Ross.

After the second exam , I was still borderline failing biochem so I knew that doing well on both the third exam and the final was my only shot at avoiding having to repeat the semester and having to pay $14,000 in tuition fees to do it. I was swamped with work so I purchased the program and decided to give myself the rest of the day to read through it and decide whether or not it would work for me.

I guess you could say I took a risk, because if this system didnít work, the time and energy I spent learning the system could potentially set me back even further in my studies.

Luckily, the course manual was concise and to the point, without the flowery words and filler found in other books. It was, in a sense, a step-by-step recipe and I was able to finish all 160 pages in one evening. I could tell Cesar and Anna had put a lot of energy into it. A couple of days later, I was well into my new routine, ready to give it my all.

In the manual Cesar and Anna show you how to pull off the perfect all-nighter if you ever have to. Itís a last resort kind of thing. Since I needed every last point on the final, I decided at the last minute that this is what I had to do. I followed the steps, took the test the next afternoon and hoped for the best.

When my results came back, it was obvious that my calculated risk paid off. Not only did I pass the final in biochem, I scored a high A. I raised my score by 31%, so I literally went from failing to just shy of a B. While a lot of peoplesí grades dropped as the semester progressed, I raised mine in histo by 15% and by 10% in physio as well.

Cesar and Anna helped me realize that I could decide on the grades I wanted to achieve, then they walked me step-by-step to achieving them. I am glad I found out about the 4.0 GPA Learning Systemģ. This course helped me take my learning to the next level. The great thing about it is you do not need to be super smart to use it and it will help you no matter what your learning style. I recommend it to any medical student. It is important to get good grades, so we can achieve our end goals."


First year medical student
Ross University School of Medicine

Anyone eligible to apply for the scholarship being awarded to students in the May 2009 class, will be getting an e-mail from me shortly. Don't worry.

Good luck this semester everybody,

Cesar Orellana

PS: To preview the 4.0 GPA Learning Systemģ without paying so much as a single bean, click the link below.