Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Scholarships for the hard working....?

Graduating college debt free has become a feat of the few.  Some students can graduate, with only a bachelor's degree, having over $60,000 in debt.  There are, however, a select group of people who can get those coveted full ride scholarships, enabling debt free living after graduation.  Hold the brand new car that may be bought as a reward.  So who gets these magical "get out of debt free" cards.  Well, the insanely brilliant, the under privileged, and the decently athletic.

The first group I have no problem with.  These are the people who go on to work at the Cleveland Clinic as brain surgeons or the NASA Glenn Research center as rocket scientists.  Their work will undoubtedly benefit mankind.  I am also all for giving the under privileged a fighting chance, so long as they do something productive with their degree.  It is the last group I have a slight issue with.  Now, don't get me wrong, I love college football.  But, I think we need to rethink the amount of money that goes into scholarships for athletics.  Let's face it, how many of those athletes come out with engineering degrees?  How many of those athletes enter a career where they even use their degrees?  How many athletes even chose a major they enjoy?  The life of a college athlete is so grueling that I've known many to chose the easiest classes they can find, just so they can keep up with their training.  It is not fair to the athlete and it is not fair to society.  

How about we pony up some dollars for those students who labor into the late hours of the night, with their nose stuck in a book, just to get a good grade.  And I am not talking about the super geniuses that need only to show up for the test to pass with flying colors.  I am saying let's look out for the hard working smart kids.  Let's toss them some scholarships because they truly deserve it.


  1. Nice thought but it will never happen and we all know sucks but true.

  2. Unfortunately, I have to agree with you Mike.