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ERIC Number: ED511610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Ron Brown Scholar Program. Evaluation Summary
Broton, Katie; Mueller, Dan
Wilder Research
The Ron Brown Scholar Program aims to be a major force in producing this nation's next generation of leaders by providing academic scholarships, service opportunities, and leadership experiences to exemplary young African Americans. The program is highly selective, with several hundred applicants per scholarship awarded. Students are selected based on their academic achievement, leadership ability, communication skills, school and community involvement, and financial need. They come from a variety of family, community, and socio-economic backgrounds. While many have overcome difficult experiences and challenging circumstances including poverty, homelessness, and severe family problems, successful applicants excel academically, and show the intellect and drive to achieve great things. Wilder Research conducted an independent evaluation of the program to measure the activities and accomplishments of the scholars, the influence and impact of the program on the scholars' success, and the effectiveness of program elements, and also to identify ideas for improvement. The primary method used in the evaluation was a web-based survey of current and alumni Ron Brown Scholars. The evaluation also drew on information about the scholars from program records. Overall, the program appears to be very successful. Scholars indicated that it provides them with the support, guidance, and opportunities to achieve ambitious goals. They also offered ideas for improvement or development. Program leaders may want to consider these ideas as the program continues to grow and adapt to meet scholars' changing needs.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wilder Research