Jenna Burns, Alissa O'Rorke, Paul Snider, Colby Tomasello, and Anna Welch
Authors: Jenna Burns, Alissa O’Rorke, Paul Sinder, Anna Welch, Colby Tomasello
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anne Donnelly and Michelle Leonard
College: Warrington College of Business
State-sponsored merit scholarship programs are funded by lottery proceeds and reward high school students for academic achievements. These programs seek to meet the rising demand for financial aid and incentivize students to stay in-state for college. This raises the question: are state-sponsored, lottery-funded merit-based scholarship programs effective at increasing the number of students who stay in-state, and how do they affect the educational outcomes of college students attending public university? Analyzing states with scholarship programs (Florida and Georgia) and states without scholarship programs (North Carolina and Virginia) isolates the potential impact of these programs. Within each state, the top public university was identified. Using statistics reported by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, indicators of academic outcomes (average grant aid, graduation rates, employment rate, mean salary, and graduate school continuation rate) were compared between the four universities. Based on research, analysis demonstrates a strong positive correlation between the presence of a scholarship program and mean salary and graduate school continuation rate, and limit the emigration of students. These programs have met their intended purpose of retaining and fostering overall positive educational outcomes for degree-seeking students, which encourages other states to establish similar programs.
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