Type of Document Dissertation Author McClinton, Marguerite Mary URN etd-04082005-171927 Title How the Merit Scholars Program of Florida’s Bright Futures Funding has Affected Student Success Among African-American Students Degree Doctor of Education Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Beverly L Bower Committee Chair Frances S. Berry Committee Member Jon C. Dalton Committee Member Robert A. Schwartz Committee Member Keywords
- Financial Aid
- Higher Education
- Merit-Based Aid
- Students of Color
Date of Defense 2005-03-14 Availability unrestricted AbstractHOW THE MERIT SCHOLARS PROGRAM OF FLORIDA’S BRIGHT FUTURES FUNDING HAS AFFECTED STUDENT SUCCESS AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS
Name: Marguerite M. McClinton
Department: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Major Professor: Dr. Beverly Bower
Degree: Doctorate in Education
Term Degree Awarded: Spring, 2005
The current study evaluated the Merit Scholars program of Bright Futures to determine its effect on student success in postsecondary education, particularly among African American students in the State of Florida by comparing high school cohorts of students who would have met the criteria needed to qualify for the Merit Scholars scholarship of Bright Futures and those students who qualified for the Merit Scholars scholarship of Bright Futures. The purpose of the study was to evaluate life before and after Bright Futures was initiated in 1997 to determine the rate of student success by evaluating two cohorts before and after Bright Futures. Student success is defined as enrollment, persistence, and graduation. The success of the Merit Scholar program was measured by those students who have enrolled, persisted, and graduated from one of the eleven state supported public institutions. This study does not determine student success by evaluating access to postsecondary education, but looks at increased overall persistence and ultimately attainment of a higher education degree for African Americans using the theoretical assumptions posited by Spady (1970, 1971), Somers & St. John (1993), St. John and Starkey (1995) and DeJardins, Ahlburg & McCall, 1999).
The study used a two-part analysis, employing data from the Florida Center for Public Policy and Leadership and the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program. The research findings indicated that the Merit Scholars award did have an effect on student success. In all three areas that define student success (access/enrollment, persistence, and graduation) among African-American students, there was improvement. The study also found that since the inception of Bright Futures in 1997, students who did receive the Merit Scholars award remained in the state at a higher rate. The study also evaluated merit and need based data over a ten-year period and found that aid in the state of Florida has increasingly become more merit focused and has been distributed to minorities at a higher rate. However, the amount of aid still does not match the rising cost of tuition. Final conclusions in the study provide recommendations on how to increase receives merit-based awards for African-Americans.
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