If you an award from a university, does that increase your chances?

I was nominated by my school for the GW Book Award, it’s for Juniors who have their “spirit for leadership”... they said they choose me off my teachers recommendation. They are waving my application fee, i plan on applying early decision and I visited 2 times. It looks like I’d get in, my one thing is my grades are... show more I was nominated by my school for the GW Book Award, it’s for Juniors who have their “spirit for leadership”... they said they choose me off my teachers recommendation. They are waving my application fee, i plan on applying early decision and I visited 2 times. It looks like I’d get in, my one thing is my grades are below their averages.
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