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Porcine Education Grants?

Posted By Malcolm A. Kline On March 25, 2013 @ 6:43 pm In Faculty Lounge | No Comments

A government watchdog group has criticized at least one federal education scholarship program. “The late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), the ‘King of Pork,’ started the Byrd Honors Scholarship program in 1985,” Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW [1]) notes in its Prime Cuts Summary which came out last month. “Since then, it has awarded up to $1,500 to 7,000 high-achieving students around the country every year.”

“The scholarships are awarded according to academic merit, regardless of income or

background. Privately, the Byrd Scholarships might be a worthy, admirable cause. Publicly, they subsidize college tuition for students who would be going to college with or without the federal cash, and who have dozens of other taxpayer-subsidized or private scholarship and grant opportunities.”

 

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A government watchdog group has criticized at least one federal education scholarship program. “The late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), the ‘King of Pork,’ started the Byrd Honors Scholarship program in 1985,” Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW: http://twitter.com/share

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