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 ) 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.”
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.
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