ERIC Number: ED367208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education: Information on Minority-Targeted Scholarships. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
A research study of the use and perceived value of minority-targeted scholarships (MTS) by undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools is reported in this document. The research used a mail survey of financial aid directors at 300 four-year undergraduate and graduate schools and another survy of 349 dental, law, and medical schools. In addition, case studies were done of the impact of such scholarships on six schools' goals of increasing minority representation. The survey results showed that, though many schools award MTS, these scholarships account for a small proportion of total scholarships and scholarship dollars. Most schools awarding MTS used race or ethnicity as an eligibility requirement, while few used gender, religion, or other minority status. Race or ethnicity was rarely the sole criterion with other criteria commonly being financial need and/or academic merit. Students receiving MTS were a small percentage of all racial or ethnic minority students. Schools funded MTS through private endowments and income from tuition and other fees. Four of the six schools in the case studies used MTS fairly extensively and found them valuable in recruiting and retaining minority students. Extensive appendixes contain aggregated responses to the questionnaires, information on the questionnaire scope and methodology, the six case studies, and a list of contributors to the report. (JB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Students, Dental Schools, Eligibility, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Law Schools, Medical Schools, Minority Groups, Scholarships, School Holding Power, School Policy, Student Financial Aid, Student Recruitment, Undergraduate Study
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free, additional copies $2 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.