Club aims to award monthly
The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 9,1989 - Page 5
by Maurice Lotman__
Having a tough time affording your col-
lege education? Are there times when you
think you deserve help paying your way
through school, even if your parents or the
financial aid office disagrees? Well, Battle
Creek resident William Stein may have the
answer for you.
Stein is the founder and chair of the
College Scholarship Club, a fledgling non-
profit organization aimed at making college
affordable for as many people as possible.
The club would award $1,000, $5,000, or
$10,000 scholarships each month to ran-
domly-picked students. "A student should
have the opportunity to select a college he or
she would like to attend as well as having
financial backing," said Stein, who also
owns a lawn care company.
Each student interested in joining must
pay a $10 registration fee for a year-long
membership. Then, Stein's organization will
choose scholarship winners at random from
the list of registrants and an accounting firm
would verify the results.
Non-winners would receive a booklet,
privately researched by the club, listing all
other available scholarships in the country.
The scholarships would be funded partly
through the students' registration fees and
partly from corporate and philanthropic dona-
tions. Eighty percent of all the funds would
go directly into the scholarship pool, while
20 percent would be used for overhead costs.
Now, Stein said he would like to start
with the largest schools in the state of
Michigan, including the University.
He said he needs to register at least
40,000 students to get the organization
rolling, which he could accomplish as early
as January. Eventually, however, Stein said
he envisions the College Scholarship Club
as a nationwide organization, and hopes
within five years to have a million students
registered and 15 scholarships awarded per
However, Stein has nrt secured any cor-
porate funds for the program other than a
starting budget of $1.5 million. But, he said,
as a national non-profit organization, it will
be easy to get funds from corporations that
have set aside monies for education, and
from others looking for tax breaks.
to major corporations."
Without significant corporate backing,
Grotrian said any meaningful scholarship
would be infeasible.
University student reaction to such a pro-
gram was mixed, according to a Daily poll
'He's got his work cut out for himself. It sounds like a
scholarship lottery which he could have trouble
selling to major corporations.'
University of Michigan Director of Financial Aid
said, if a person wins a scholarship through
the College Scholarship Club, that might
free up a financial aid package, grant, or loan
for someone else.
People in favor of the idea said it would
give an opportunity to attend college to
those who were not as strong academically.
"It's legal, and it gets the money in the
hands of the students," said Jan Mueller, a
graduate student in the School of=
Architecture and Urban Planning.
Stein has already begun advertising his
idea and appointing people to staff his opera-
The College Scholarship Club would
provide no-need scholarships to students at-
tending any Michigan accredited two or four-
year college or university at the graduate or
undergraduate level, provided they maintain a
2.0 grade point average.
Harvey Grotrian, the University's
Director of Financial Aid, expressed doubt
about Stein's ability to raise corporate dona-
tions, saying most already have money in-
volved in their own scholarship programs.
"He's got his work cut out for himself,"
Grotrian said. "It sounds like a scholarship
lottery which he could have trouble selling
taken last week.
Of 87 people surveyed, 45 were in favor,
39 were opposed, and three had no opinion.
"I don't think a lottery system is a good
basis for scholarships," said Danielle Reyes,
a first-year Residential College stadent.
But Stein said, "If one person benefits,
then everyone benefits." In other words, he
by Vera Songwe
Daily Minority Issues Re
While the President of
at the White House disc
problems in the Mid-East
ble solutions last week
from the two major Isra
were at the University d(
same issues with students
About 65 students par
a discussion with David I
viser to the Labor Party
adviser to Shimon P
Michael Zoller, a Likud P
ber who served as Israe
civil commissioner, Thur
at the Hillel center.
eporter "The major difference between the
Egypt was Labor party and the Likud is they
ussing the think we should give up land for
and possi- peace, while we think the Camp
, officials David agreement signed in 1978
ieli parties should be honored," Zoller said.
ebating the The Camp David agreement stip-
ulated that the Palestinian people
ticipated in should get full autonomy of domes-
Leffler, ad- tic problems while the Israeli army
and former would stay in Palestine to protect
eres, and Israel's security.
?arty mem- The discussion centered on
,l's deputy whether, 11 years after Camp David,
sday night the Palestinians would get full au-
discuss Middle East
The members of the Labor party
are willing to promise the
Palestinians land in order to draw
them to the discussion table, but the
Likud Party feels the Palestinians
should approach the negotiating
"Likud might say security is
land. Labor will say security has
more to it than just land," Leffler
said. "We are willing to give up this
aspect if it means peace."
Students had different reactions to
the plans, but most students felt that
Leffler and the Labor party had a
more feasible plan.
LSA Sophomore Jeff Sacks, who
attended Thursday night's discussion,
said, "I think that they are both pre-
senting versions of the same plan: I
think they would both eventually
give up land. It's their (Palestinians
and Israelis') homeland and both
sides are going to have to give up
Residential College Senior Jemmy
Sarnat said, "I thought it was very
interesting; although they are the
two largest parties in Israel, I do not
think they expressed the views of all
Colleges may raise
DETROIT (AP) - A proposal
by Michigan's public colleges and
universities to require tough high
school courses could force students
to decide by the eighth grade if
they're going to college.
Under the proposal, students
would decide as they enter high
school whether to take the tougher,
required courses designed to prepare
them for college.
College officials have said that
too many students graduate high
school unprepared for college level
University officials currently rec-
ommended tough courses in the ba-
sic subjects. The state's 15 public
colleges and universities are expected
to decide by next year if the recom-
mended academic sources should be
The recommended curriculum in-
cludes four years of English, four of
math, three of biological and physi-
cal sciences, three of history and so-
cial studies, two of a foreign lan-
guage, two of fine arts and one of
High schools are concerned that
college-bound students could take
only a few electives in four years,
and financially crunched school dis-
tricts may have problems providing
all the required courses.
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