At one time you got a scholarship to a university for being a scholar. Someone, either a university itself, or some other organization, deemed your academic prospects to be so positive that they were willing to pay part or all of your tuition expenses so you could study at college. Financial aid was and remains available for those who would have trouble writing a check for the full amount each semester. This can come in the form of loans or outright grants.
So far, nothing shocking or even new has been revealed here. We know all that. College is expensive, and the student who doesn’t have to be concerned about the cost is fortunate indeed.
Somewhere along the way, however, things have gotten very much off-track. Scholarships and other forms of financial assistance are now being awarded to specific individuals in order to make a point politically. Perhaps the recipients of these funds are worthy scholars, perhaps not. But that’s not the main issue.
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