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Waiting is Not a Game

June 13, 2019

One of the many skills our students must develop is to be good at waiting. This characteristic is required of them by a higher education system designed to serve a multitude of purposes, the least of which is to facilitate their ability to prepare well in advance and arrive on their campuses rested, fed, and ready to learn.

Heartbreak: Chronology of a Cruel Week

May 13, 2019

Broken promises, amazing strength, and heartbreak are common among young and undocumented students in the U.S. since the Executive Order authorizing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was signed in 2012. Before that order, to be undocumented and prohibited a path to citizenship was to live with fear, feeling the emotional and physical need to disappear at any time.

All the Ways that Money Matters: How Colleges Perpetuate Inequity

November 12, 2018



Scholarship Foundation Student Advisors assist 6,000 students and family members navigating admissions and financial aid each year.

Sometimes I state the obvious. Money (or the absence of it) affects students and their achievements in college.

Disband "Decision Day"

May 4, 2018

Last year the Words of Faith blog was launched and a May Day post denounced the arbitrary but growing trend of declaring it “Decision Day”.

DOING GOOD: Public Service Loan Forgiveness

July 31, 2017

I’m out to prove to you in this blogpost what you already know. There are some who are quite motivated to “do well” (and among them there are those who share their wealth with those less fortunate). There are others motivated to do good, putting self-interest a distant second. A healthy community needs a mixture of doing well and doing good among its members.

Making the Money Work

July 19, 2017

It’s safe to say that every student on financial aid has had moments of terrible challenge in making the money work. Big gaps, deposits due before aid arrives, unforeseen emergencies, and balancing too many work hours with not enough time to study are just a few. Guest blogger Teresa Steinkamp (BA, BS, Loyola University Chicago, 2006; MSW, St.

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.

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