Scholarships Help Combat InequalitySeptember 27, 2016 |
by Hilary Pennington
Education has long been called the “great equalizer” in helping families and individuals attain the American dream. But it’s become increasingly harder to ignore deepening inequality within our higher education system.
Due to a variety of factors – the rising cost of college, cuts to government funding and limited or subpar early education opportunities for many, especially children of color – the makeup of colleges and universities today is becoming richer, whiter and more privileged. This trend reinforces and perpetuates widening inequality in our society, our economy, and our politics as university graduates increasingly earn more and have more opportunities than their non-degree counterparts.