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NewsHour Twitter chat examines merit vs. need-based scholarships

August 21, 2015

UW-Madison’s Sara Goldrick-Rab will be taking part in a Twitter chat Friday, Aug. 21, examining merit vs. need-based scholarships.

The chat, which begins at noon, is being hosted by PBS NewsHour.

NewsHour, in promoting the event, writes: “In America, many scholarships are given out based on merit, handed out to students who have good grades and high test scores. While this plan is meant to attract the best and the brightest, it can also mean that money goes to students whose families can already afford college, bypassing those who can’t. This, in turn, can contribute to the wide graduation gap.”

Sara Goldrick-Rab
NewsHour continues: “Now, however, some schools are choosing to do away with merit-based scholarships, and instead giving out only need-based awards. To discuss this phenomena the PBS NewsHour will be holding a Twitter chat ... on merit-based versus need-based scholarships.”

Goldrick-Rab is a professor of educational policy studies and sociology, and is the director and founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, which was launched in 2014 and is the only laboratory in the nation dedicated to translational research for improving equitable outcomes in postsecondary education. The HOPE Lab, which is an acronym for Harvesting Opportunities for Postsecondary Education -- is housed within UW-Madison’s School of Education. Goldrick-Rab also is a Senior Scholar at the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education.

In addition to Goldrick-Rab (@saragoldrickrab), others taking part in the Twitter chat include: Troy Onink (@TroyOnink), who writes about financial planning to pay for college for Forbes; Daniel Porterfield (@DanPorterfield), President of Franklin and Marshall College; and Jamey Rorison (@IHEPTweets) Senior Research Analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Follow the conversation by following @newshour and by following the hashtag #NewsHourchats.