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How Minimum Wage Matters to Students

August 7, 2017

The image on the left is me, the last time I earned minimum wage. During my college summers I worked two jobs to save for the school year. Minimum wage was $3.35 per hour in 1981. The image on the right is a glimpse of our new front door with temporary signage and a vivid poster we wish we didn’t have to explain.

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.

EVOLUTION: The Closing of ScholarShop

June 19, 2017

From left: Dorothy Pelton and Evelyn Newman

Assume Nothing

June 5, 2017

The Greyhound Bus trip from St. Louis to San Bernardino took 48 hours, following the general path of old Route 66.  Taking that trip several times each year to and from college taught me: to be careful in striking up conversation or making eye contact; that there is no sadder place than the Las Vegas bus station at night; and, that I could abandon early my assumptions about wealth, scarcity, and generosity.

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:

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