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ERIC Number: ED013261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Apr-24
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
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SEARCHING AND SALVAGING TALENT AMONG SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED POPULATIONS.
PLAUT, RICHARD
BECAUSE NEGROES COMPRISE LESS THAN 1 PERCENT OF THE INTERRACIAL COLLEGE POPULATION, EDUCATORS MUST TRY TO IDENTIFY THE MANY CAPABLE DISADVANTAGED NEGRO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO ATTEND INTEGRATED COLLEGES. THE NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP SERVICE AND FUND FOR NEGRO STUDENTS (NSSFNS), IN A SHORT-TERM APPROACH TO THIS PROBLEM, ADVISES HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ABOUT ADMISSION AND SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN INTEGRATED COLLEGES. WITHIN A 14-YEAR PERIOD, NSSFNS HAS HELPED 8500 STUDENTS ENROLL IN 350 ACCREDITED 4-YEAR COLLEGES, WITH OVER $3,700,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS. DESPITE RELATIVELY LOW NATIONAL APTITUDE AND ACHIEVEMENT TEST SCORES, THESE STUDENTS HAD SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE CAREERS, AND ACHIEVED CONSISTENTLY BEYOND THE LEVEL PREDICTED FOR THEM. THE LONG-TERM APPROACH INITIATED BY NSSFNS ENCOURAGES SCHOOL PERSONNEL TO IDENTIFY AND MOTIVATE TALENTED DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS EARLIER THAN THE 12TH GRADE. IN THIS CONNECTION, THE NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION SUCCESSFULLY ESTABLISHED A 6-YEAR DEMONSTRATION GUIDANCE PROJECT IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 43 AND GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL. MORE STUDENTS IN THE PROJECT ENROLLED IN COLLEGE THAN NON-PROJECT STUDENTS FROM THE SAME SCHOOL, AND MOST OF THE EARLY PROJECT GRADUATES CONTINUED THEIR EDUCATION BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL IN SOME FORM. OTHER PROJECTS HAVE GROWN OUT OF THE ORIGINAL DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, BUT THEIR EFFECTIVENESS DEPENDS ON THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS, THE SCHOOL'S INITIAL SUCCESS IN IDENTIFYING THE ABLE STUDENT, AND ON INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP GUIDANCE TO CHANGE BOTH THE STUDENT'S NEGATIVE SELF-IMAGE AND THE PARENT'S ATTITUDES. (LB)
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Identifiers: United Negro College Fund