ERIC Number: ED245620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Search for Real Scholarships for Our Academic Champions. ASHE 1984 Annual Meeting Paper.
Higgins, A. Stephen
The college choices of the academically talented and their financing of college were studied through a 1981 survey of 280 National Merit scholars in Indiana. The influences of college majors, family size and income, parental occupation and education, and national test performance were examined. The Indiana Merit scholars more often majored in engineering and architecture and the physical/natural sciences compared to the Indiana or national college-bound groups; less often, in business and education. Both sex and test performance significantly related to academic majors of the scholars. Many, but not all, of the Indiana scholars came from high-income families. Income was related to parental support for college attendance, and both were related to the type and location of the college and its cost. The most important variables in determining college support for these students were college costs and family income, with Scholastic Aptitude Test scores a close third factor. The majority of merit scholars received some financial support from their colleges and universities. The comments and concerns of survey respondents were also considered, along with issues pertaining to corporate contributions to the merit scholarship program. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting; Indiana; National Merit Scholars
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Chicago, IL, March 12-14, 1984).