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ERIC Number: EJ1005442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
Some Scholarship Students Need Help, Too: Implementation and Assessment of a Scholarship Retention Program
Martindale, Amy L.; Hammons, James O.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v14 n3 p371-395 2012-2013
Students with merit-based scholarships and strong high school GPAs typically have high retention rates. Yet, many high ability students did not need to study in high school, and never developed effective academic skills. Such students may expect to excel in college with the same limited effort. Unfortunately, institutions may unintentionally ignore high ability students when developing retention initiatives. At a mid-sized research university, less than 50% of freshmen who lost their scholarships enrolled for their sophomore year. This study assessed the effectiveness of a Scholarship Retention Program designed to help students maintain scholarship eligibility. Results demonstrated that mandatory interventions for students with low first-semester GPAs were associated with increased final GPAs and scholarship renewal rates. However, voluntary interventions for students with low mid-term grades were ineffective. A supplemental survey indicated that students believed the interventions demonstrated the University's care for their success and helped their efforts to keep their scholarships. (Contains 10 tables, 1 figure, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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