ERIC Number: ED310718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Merit Scholarships for Star Students; Keeping the Brightest at In-State Colleges. Regional Spotlight. Southern Regional Education Board.
Gaines, Gale F.
The use of merit scholarships to keep bright students at in-state colleges is discussed. Today more than half of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states have credited merit scholarships to encourage their top high school graduates to attend in-state colleges. While athletic scholarships often receive greater visibility, SREB states are providing more than 11,000 state-supported scholarships based on academic performance. These scholarships are in addition to the even larger number of merit awards funded by gifts to public colleges and universities and through programs designed to encourage students to pursue certain major areas of study. Standardized test scores and high school grades are most often used to determine who is eligible for merit scholarships. Details on such programs in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and Georgia are presented. It appears that states are successfully encouraging many of their top high school graduates to attend college in their home state. However, the direct influence these scholarship programs have on students when they are making a college choice is not clear. States may need to change programs to allow, at a minimum, preliminary award notices to be sent out to applicants no later than the beginning of their senior year of high school since in most cases, awards are made in the late spring or summer immediately preceding the graduates' freshman year in college, by which time most students have selected the college of choice. (SM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Achievement Rating, College Bound Students, College Choice, Decision Making, Educational Finance, Financial Support, High School Graduates, Higher Education, In State Students, Merit Scholarships, Recognition (Achievement), Scholarship Funds, Student Financial Aid
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.