ERIC Number: ED313943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Business Assistance to Urban College-Bound Students: Models That Work.
Cronin, Joseph M.
Approaches taken by corporations and foundations to help low-income students from the inner city plan and pay for college are described and discussed. The Cleveland (Ohio) Scholarship Programs were launched in 1967 to provide supplementary scholarship assistance and financial aid counseling to over 1,000 area students annually. Also in Cleveland, the Scholarship-in-Escrow Plan, begun in 1987, sets aside money for secondary school students earning good grades. In 1984, Boston (Massachusetts) built into a privately-sponsored Plan for Excellence in the Public Schools a program called ACCESS for Boston public school students based on Cleveland's original concept. Corporations and area foundations raised an endowment fund of $5.5 million with interest earnings paying for ACCESS counselors and scholarships. In 1988, over 1,000 high school seniors received advice on college attendance and financial aid, with ACCESS awards averaging over $500. The Cleveland and Boston models are important because: (1) all students, not just those from one grade of a school, are eligible; (2) expert counselors provide guidance to students and parents; (3) aid is available year after year; and (4) existing federal, state, and campus aid sources are tapped. Other cities and several states have launched similar initiatives. Twelve additional sources of information are listed. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts (Boston); Ohio (Cleveland)