ERIC Number: ED356178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Allen J. Ellender Fellowship Program.
Boesel, Justin; Gutmann, Babette
The Allen J. Ellender Fellowship Program provides fellowships to economically disadvantaged secondary school students, secondary school teachers and administrators, and economically disadvantaged older citizens, and recent immigrants for participation in the Close Up Foundation's week-long civics education programs in Washington, D.C. The Close Up Foundation, which has been the sole grantee of the Ellender Fellowship Program since the program's establishment in 1972, operates three Washington-based programs that are involved in the Ellender Program. These include: the Washington Program for High School Students and Educators, The Program for New Americans, and The Program for Older Americans. This report evaluates the Ellender Fellowship Program. Among the reports findings are: in operating the Washington Program for High School Students and Educators, the Close Up Foundation currently spends twice as much of the federal Ellender funds on teachers as on disadvantaged students, and more teachers than students receive fellowships; and Ellender fellowships are often awarded to the same teacher at the same school for many years. The report suggests a number of options for better targeting of services on disadvantaged students, including: (1) require each secondary school teacher to bring at least one student fellowship recipient to Washington in order to qualify for fellowship funds in the Washington Program for High School Students and Educators and the Program for New Americans; (2) limit the proportion of federal Ellender funds spent on teacher fellowships; (3) limit the number of times an individual teacher can receive a federal Ellender fellowship; and (4) allow only disadvantaged students, and not teachers, to receive Ellender funds. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Policy and Planning (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.