State scholarships desegregation
$250,000 In Scholarship Fund Of State Not Spent B A L T I M O R E ( A P ) - T h e reversion of a tenth of state scholarship aid to the state coffers is largely due to sudent confusion over the program, according to the financial aid director of the University of Maryland. Ulysses Glee. Ihe aid direc- tor, said huge sums of federal scholarships and loan money "jalso go unspent each year ' because students are uncertain about who is elgible and how to apply. Several aid officials speaking at a conference here sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People blamed insufficient high . school counseling for most of the confusion. Another reason mentioned is that scholarships are not transferred from students who drop out after only a few months of college. The officials decried the- failure to use $250,320 of the $2.5 million 1974 state scholarship fund during a time of economic recession and spiralling tuition costs. State budget records show that $203.000 went unspent in 1973 and $210,000 in 1972. "It is almost criminal that the state annually is reverting scholarship money back into its coffers," said Howard P. Rawlings, chairman of the Maryland Black Coalition for Higher Education. "The impact on black students is im- measurable." Attempts to abolish the program under which state senators award scholarships have failed in the last three sessions of the G e n e r a l Assembly. Rawlings said the coalition is preparing a f o r m a l legal challenge to the Maryland h i g h e r e d u c a t i o n deseegregation plan which is to be filed with the U.S. Depart- ment of Health, Education and Welfare. He said blacks are un- derrepresented on policy- making boards, noting that only two members of the 15-member University of Maryland Board of Regents are black. None of the St. Marys College board are black and seven of the 14 community college boards have no black members, Rawlings said. Rawlings also suggested that the University of Baltimore be placed under the control of Morgan State College, which is to become a university with its own board if Gov. Marvin RIandel signs a bill paseed by the last session of the General Assembly. He said the move would r e d u c e c o n f l i d e s e g r e g a t i o Morgan, the University of Baltimore and Coppin State as well as giving Morgan one of state's two law schools.