Wrong Sort of Student Aid Today's 'Merit' Scholarships Rob the Poor
Gaudiani, Claire L., The Christian Science Monitor
Imagine the scene. An upper-middle-class family, the mother a doctor, the father a lawyer, sitting at the kitchen table with their college-bound daughter. A fat envelope lies before them. They do not yet know that it conceals more than their daughter had hoped for. She has been awarded a $4,500 merit scholarship, $18,000 over four years. Wow! They didn't even apply for aid. They don't need it. Their daughter is just getting the recognition she deserves.
This scene is being repeated across the nation. A small proportion of these families are African-American; most are white. What is really happening here, and why is it wrong?
Unlike past merit aid - which was …
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Publication information: Article title: Wrong Sort of Student Aid Today's 'Merit' Scholarships Rob the Poor. Contributors: Gaudiani, Claire L. - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: May 19, 1997. Page number: 19. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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