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GET OUT YOUR NATIONAL BADGE OF HONOR

May 23, 2017

URGENT ACTION NEEDED:

If you are reading this blog, chances are good that you are committed to educational equity and to the principles of democracy. Your action is needed now.

First, a refresher in higher education history. In 1963, President Lyndon Johnson spoke of the importance of the Higher Education Facilities Act, legislation which created and enabled each of the major federal financial aid programs.

Policymaking Toolkit for Tough Times

May 17, 2017

Right now, policy is being made not by legislation but by incompetence and intimidation. These tactics were not among the principles set forth by the founding mothers of The Scholarship Foundation when they acknowledged that democracy requires an educated community.

Here’s a starting list of current conditions, with specific emphasis on those backdoor policymaking practices that especially affect low-income students and students of color.

Pride and Proof

May 8, 2017

Sometimes graduates who have repaid their loans in full are asked to speak to our board.  Often, we hear “I wanted to make you proud.”  Sometimes it goes beyond that, “This was the first time I felt like someone believed in me and I wasn’t going to let you down.”

This kind of pride is vested in relationship. 

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

May 1, 2017

Among the lesser known observances of May 1 is “Decision Day.” For low-income students, this is more than a misnomer. Until the entire system changes, this higher education holiday should not be observed.

May 1 has multiple meanings: