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Computer age helps in
quest for financkd aid
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has never happened that we have not
matched a student with something,"
The awards are not necessarily based
on need, which is different from most
scholarships, said Maxin. "The normal
requirements of either having a cup in
your hand or being a genius do not ap-
ply here," she said.
Because of the recent federal cut-
backs in governmental aid, students
will have to turn to the private sector to
finance their education, Maxin said.
Scholarship Search provides a service
to many students who may otherwise
have to forgo an education, she said.
BOTH SERVICES offer a money-
back guarantee. Scholarship Search
will refund the $57 fee if it cannot match
at least three private potential donors
with the applicant, said Maxin.
Rosenwasser said his organization
will refund the $45 service fee if the
computer does not provide at least five
potential sources of aid. He said he has
a 99 percent success rate with freshmen
and a 89 percent success rate with
The match-up does not, however,
guarantee the student will get the fun-
ds, Rosenwasser said. "Of those who
apply, about 40 to 50 percent get awar-
ds," he said.
STUDENT COLLEGE Aid offered
several examples of awards recently
made by various little-known
organizations. For instance, the Poyn-
ter Fund in Florida will give a scholar-
ship to students majoring in com-
munications; a scholarship of from $500
to $1,500 is offered to 50-60 qualified
students each year by the Society of
Exploratory Geophysicists Foun-
dation; and several southern colleges
offer scholarships to students descen-
ded from officers of the Confederacy.
"One young lady got a source in
Geneva who was offering a scholarship
to persons of Jewish faith and Austiran
heritage who was majoring in
genetics," said Maxin. "She ended up
with $10,000 a year for four years of
school," she added.
ALL THE information furnished by
the computer is public, but Rosen-
wasser said most students do not know
"There is $500 million worth of
scholarships available, but about a
fourth of it goes unused by the people
eligible for it, Rosenwasser said. "It
would take a student 4,000 hours to go
through 250,000 listings."
Many students receive 25 listings
from their applications, but the
average is 12. The average value of the
listed scholarships is $12,000, according
Harvey Grotrian, Director of Finan-
cial Aid at the University, advised
caution in approaching this solution to
"I WOULD advise the student to find
out more about the organization before
writing the check," Grotrian said. "I
don't know of anyone who has used the
service, so I don't know much about it."
The University's Office of Financial
Aid does not give information to the
computer organizations, because the
student can do much the same thing at
the University, using University
resources, Grotrian said.
"For some, the $50 (fee) is wasted,
but for others it may help," Grotrian
said, adding that a paperback book
available in his office can be used to
locate funds at no charge.
"IF YOU NEED funds and the state
and federal help is not enough, you
must either work or search for help.
Since we can search faster and easier, I
think it is worth $45," said Rosenwasser
of Student College Aid.
Scholarship Search, at 1775 Broad-
way, in New York, was founded in 1972,
"Thousands of dollars in research
and constant communication with the
donors are needed to keep the computer
files updated," she said.
Student College Aid, at 3641 Deal
Street in Houston, has provided service
for about a year, Rosenwasser said,
and several thousand people have ap-
plied. "I like to think I am better" even
though smaller, he said.
Partly cloudy and warm today with a high around 83'. Clearing tonight
and sunny tomorrow.
Happenings .. .
Alt Act - Papillon; 1 & 7 p.m., The Great Escape, 4 & 9:40 p.m., MLB 4.
AAFC - Supershorts, 7 & 10:20 p.m,; Stardust, 8:40 p.m., MLB 3.
CG - Watership Down, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., Lorch Hall.
C2 - Medea, 7:30 p.m.; Ramparts of Clay, 9:30 p.m., Angell Aud. A.
CFT - A Clockwork Orange, 4,7 & 9:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Museum of Art - Concert, "In the Courts and on the Road with the
Crusaders," 12th & 13th century religious and secular songs, a musical
comedy, 8 p.m., Art Museum.
Ark - Julie Austin & John Bishop, 9 p.m., 1421 Hill.
SYDA - Sem., Swami Girijananda, "Siddha Meditation," 1:30 p.m., 1520
Hill, reg. at 994-5625.
PTP - "Misalliance," 1p.m., Power Center.
Canterbury Loft - "Counting the Ways," 8 p.m., the Loft, 332 S. State.
Folklore Society - Cointra/Square Dance class, 81p.m., Union.
Alt. Act - Cabaret, 1, 3, 7 & 9:30 p.m., MLB 3.
1, 3, 7 & 9:30 p.m., MLB 3.
CG -The Golden Age of Comedy, 7:30 p.m.; Days of Thrills and Laughter,
9:30 p.m., Lorch Hall.
CFT - Meet John Doe, 2:30 & Tp.m.; Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, 5 & 9:30
p.m., Michigan Theater.
Ark - Cyril Tawney, 8p.m., 1421 Hill.
Karma Thegsum Choling - 4p.m., 734 Fountain.
Common Ground Theater Ensemble - "For Colored Girls Who Have Con-
sidered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf," 8 p.m., Mendelssohn Theater,
Canterbury Loft - "Counting the Ways," 1p.m., the Loft, 332 S. State.
Potters Guild - Annual Outdoor Spring Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 201 Hill.
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