The Negro Student at Integrated Colleges

The Negro Student at Integrated Colleges

The Negro Student at Integrated Colleges

The Negro Student at Integrated Colleges

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The purpose of this investigation was to determine the outcome of the lives of the Negro students who had contact with the National Scholarship Service and Fund for Negro Students, (hereafter referred to as NSSFNS). This organization functions to help qualified students gain admission to and financial assistance at interracial colleges. In some cases where college scholarships are won but are insufficient for the student to attend, NSSFNS provides supplementary financial aid up to $400 annually to selected students.

Although some students initiate contact with NSSFNS directly, most are reached through their high schools. The NSSFNS pamphlet, "Do You Want to Go to College?" is mailed to those who take scholastic aptitude tests and have their scores entered in a roster by the guidance counselor who also submits a report on high school performance to NSSFNS. The student then fills out an information form found in the pamphlet. Upon receipt of this, NSSFNS sends all qualified students college admission and scholarship information which fit their particular academic, financial, and personal qualifications.

The students make application directly to the colleges of their choice and are asked to inform NSSFNS which colleges accept them and the ones they plan to attend.

During the Southern Project (21), recruitment in the south was accomplished by personal visits of NSSFNS staff. For those students accepted by colleges, visits were made by staff members through the college years.

NSSFNS contacts with these student counselees varied from a simple letter of inquiry and its reply through sustained correspondence, systematic counseling, suggestions and information concerning desirable college admissions and sources of scholarship aid; and, in some cases, the granting of supplementary scholarship aid.

Design of the Study

All the students (1,519) who submitted personal information forms preparatory to entering college in the years 1952 through 1956 were sent a letter telling them about the purposes of the study and requesting their completion of an enclosed 8-page questionnaire (Appendix D). Transcripts were also requested from the colleges which these students attended. A total of 1,281 transcripts were received. Only 238 requests for transcripts . . .

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