From: Phil Goetz (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Oct 18 2005 - 11:36:41 MDT
--- Dani Eder <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > I think that a key problem is the existence of
> > ivy-league
> > institutions like Harvard and MIT. These places are
> > basically
> > institutions to insure that the children of the
> > wealthy can suck
> > up most of society's resources for their own
> > education, and to
> > give them a leg up on everyone else in terms of
> > contacts and
> > reputation. Contrary to popular belief, there are
> > no academic
> > scholarships at most of the most-respected
> > institutions, except
> > ROTC scholarships and minority scholarships.
> As an immigrant who had working-class parents, and
> yet attended an Ivy League school (Columbia Univ.),
> on scholarship, I beg to differ.
> Sure, there were students who came from well off
> families. But there were also a lot of people like
> me who got in on academic merit.
Perhaps there are at Columbia. Many of their graduate programs
are fully-funded. When I graduated high school, I looked
into Carnegie-Mellon, MIT, and Stanford, and none of them had
a single dollar for academic scholarships.
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