ERIC Number: ED029560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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Outstanding Negro High School Students: A One-Year Followup.
In the fall of 1964, 4,288 students were nominated for participation in the 1st annual competition of the National Achievement Scholarship Program for outstanding Negro students. The students were divided into 3 groups--Scholars, Finalists and Commended. The highest competition status group, the Scholars, were awarded 4-year college scholarships and the names of the other participants were circulated to US colleges and universities. In June 1966, 1 year after their expected date of graduation from high school, all of the participants were asked to complete a questionnaire dealing with their college experiences. The data were analyzed to assess the extent to which the program accomplished its dual objectives of encouraging talented Negro students to attend college and encouraging colleges to seek talented Negro students. Results showed that competition status was directly related to college success on all major indices: number of colleges soliciting applications, number of college acceptances, percent of enrollees in 4-year colleges, percent of students completing freshman year, percent of students planning to return to college, etc. Most of the differences between the accomplishments of higher and lower status groups were small because students in the lower status groups did well. Copies of this report may be obtained from the Research Division, National Merit Scholarship Corporation, 990 Grove Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201. (JS)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Merit Scholarship Corp., Evanston, IL.