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Scholarship Twists: Two Institutions Get Creative

Magazine article University Business

Scholarship Twists: Two Institutions Get Creative

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WITH FINANCIAL NEED AMONG INCOMing students at record levels, scholarships are even more valuable than ever. But awarding them doesn't have to be boring. Here are two unique approaches.

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Realizing that the cost of textbooks can be a hurdle for some students, leaders at Waldorf College (Iowa) expanded their Scholarship Day awards to include one full-tuition scholarship, five $2,000 scholarships, or free (borrowed) books for the first semester. Students compete by writing an essay and completing an interview.

Scholarship Day started in 1987 and usually at tracts about 75 prospective students from around the nation. Approximately 50 students attended this year's event, says Carl Childs, director of admissions, noting that some attendance was probably lost due to inclement weather. Historically, more than 65 percent of attendees eventually enroll. But the day isn't just about the money. "Prospective students hear from the president, the academic dean, the director of the Honors College," says Bob Alsop, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. Families also meet with faculty, learn about financial aid opportunities, and receive a tour.

Bryant & Stratton College's (N. …

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