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ERIC Number: EJ828989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-16
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
The Door That Claiborne Pell Opened
Macy, Beth
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n19 pB16 Jan 2009
Claiborne Pell lived in a waterfront house in Newport, Rhode Island. The Princeton-educated senator came from such old money that his people once owned much of New York's Westchester County and the Bronx. Having grown up in a roach-ridden house, it didn't seem to the author that she and Pell inhabited the same universe. Even so, when she learned of his death on January 1 at the age of 90, she gave thanks--again--for their unlikely link. She first heard about Pell Grants as a high-school senior when her guidance counselor handed her a stack of financial-aid forms. Later realizing the enduring importance of need-based aid, she began writing passionately about it and speaking at events honoring the retired senator. To prepare for leading a College Board conference panel about how to get more poor kids on the college-prep track, she interviewed the senator in his understated, elegant home in Rhode Island. In this article, the author describes her interview with Pell and the insights she gained from her experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York