Higher Education:

Information on Minority-Targeted Scholarships

HEHS-94-77: Published: Jan 14, 1994. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the use and perceived value of minority-targeted scholarships (MTS) by undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools.

GAO found that: (1) MTS accounted for only a small portion of the total scholarships and scholarship dollars awarded between academic years 1991 and 1992; (2) most schools primarily base their MTS award decisions on race or ethnicity, financial need, and academic merit; (3) some schools base their award decisions on gender, religion, or other minority status categories; (4) the students receiving race- or ethnicity-based MTS make up a small percentage of all racial or ethnic minority students; (5) schools primarily fund MTS through private endowments and tuition and other fee income; and (6) most schools use MTS to a great extent and believe that MTS are valuable tools in recruiting and retaining racial or ethnic minority students and helping schools overcome the traditional difficulties they face in enrolling minority students.

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