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The home of “things said” by the National Association of Scholars.

Reform by Executive Order

Thomas K. Lindsay

Congressional reform of higher education is a long shot. Can the President push reform from the bully pulpit?

Work on Federal Student Aid Reform and Free Speech

Rachelle Peterson

Congress should reform student aid and protect intellectual freedom. 

Percy Martinez Autism Scholarship

NAS

Percy Martinez has started a new Autism Scholarship.

Representative Grothman Addresses Pell Grant Fraud

David Randall

Congress should reform the Pell Grant program and prevent fraud. 

Charitable Gift for Scholarships Leads to Uproar

George Leef

George Leef comments on the recent donation of $25 million by the Koch brothers to the United Negro College Fund.

Napolitano's Law-Breaking Scheme at UCal

Peter Wood

In her new presidency at the University of California, Janet Napolitano is embracing academic corruption in the form of a spending spree on diversity.

Three Pell Grant Scams

Richard Vedder

Vedder explains how U.S. Department of Education funds can become misused resources.

Why They Seem to Rise Together: Federal Aid and College Tuition

Peter Wood

Peter Wood, Richard Vedder, George Leef, Hans Bader, and Herbert London weigh in on the Center for College Affordability and Productivity's new study on whether colleges raise tuition when they receive federal aid.

Bennett, Biden, and Boondoggles

Richard Vedder

The vice president appears to be the latest to agree that federal student-aid programs are contributing to rising college costs, writes Richard Vedder.

Obama, Higher-Education Costs, and Student Aid

Richard Vedder

Yes, President Obama is showing concern over rising college costs, but he is failing to look at the dysfunctional system of federal financial assistance, Richard Vedder writes.

Fellowship Opportunity: The William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose

Kate Hamilton

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute, an organization that shares many of the interests of NAS, offers an annual fellowship, named after William E. Simon, to exceptional graduating college seniors.

Scholarship Opportunities for Grad and Undergrad Students

Keri Anderson

IHS is offering up to $15,000 for academic research that explores the principles, practices, and institutions necessary to a free society.

"Good Ideas, Bad Ideas" AQ Issue in Print

Ashley Thorne

The fall issue of Academic Questions examines both good and bad ideas in higher education, including trimming the glut of academic publishing, merit-based scholarships, teaching ebonics, and disseminating "light and truth."

Newsletter from BAMN...No Comment

Ashley Thorne

The thuggish group calling itself the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) is trying to take down Proposition 209, which bans racial preferences in California.

IHS Scholarship for Grad Students Exploring Liberty - Deadline Dec. 31

Ashley Thorne

Our friends at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) asked us to let our members and readers know about the scholarships (up to $12K!) they award to graduate students through their Humane Studies Fellowship. The deadline to apply is December 31. Here is the announcement from the IHS website:

Humane Studies Fellowships are awarded by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) to students interested in exploring the principles, practices, and institutions necessary for a free society through their academic work. IHS began the program in 1983 as the Claude R. Lambe Fellowships and in 2009 awarded more than 165 fellowships ranging from $2,000 to $12,000. IHS considers applications from those who will be full-time graduate students, including law and journalism students, or undergraduate juniors or seniors during the 2010-11 academic year and who have a clearly demonstrated research interest in the intellectual and institutional foundations of a free society. Previous award winners have come from a range of fields such as economics, philosophy, law, political science, anthropology and literature. Their research focused on a variety of topics:
  • market-based approaches to environmental policy
  • the legal development of privacy and property rights in 18th-century England
  • the role of patient autonomy in bioethics
  • impediments to economic growth in developing countries
  • the relationship between U.S. presidential politics, fiscal policies, and economic performance
Select winners are invited to present and discuss their research at the annual Humane Studies Research Colloquium and to attend other colloquia throughout the year. Fellows also join a network of more than 10,000 IHS academics committed to the ideas of liberty and intellectual freedom.

"The Humane Studies Fellowship award is a precious gift of time that will enable me to continue with my research projects at a more rapid and effective pace. It makes a great difference."

- Susan Hamilton, Harvard University, HSF Winner

If you have any questions, please visit the frequently asked questions page and read about the application process. If you need assistance after reading the FAQs, please submit a question via our contact form.

Please pass the word on to any graduate students you know who may be interested in this.

Crying Out Loud

Glenn Ricketts

Scholarships for cheerleaders but none for history readers

Hand It Over III

Dean Chin

Stop the spin: inside the financial aid numbers at Stanford

Hand It Over II

Dean Chin

Colleges Collect on Students' Summer Jobs

Hand It Over: Colleges Take Outside Scholarships for Granted

Dean Chin

Will outside scholarships, state and federal grants, or corporate employee tuition benefits help reduce my child