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Education Research International
Volume 2011, Article ID 743120, 8 pages
Research Article

The Relationship between Scholarships and Student Success: An Art and Design Case Study

1Department of Sociology, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
2Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, Towson University, Towson, MD 21252, USA

Received 20 August 2010; Revised 3 May 2011; Accepted 22 May 2011

Academic Editor: Robert M. Carini

Copyright © 2011 Natasha M. Ganem and Michelle Manasse. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The majority of studies investigating financial predictors of student success in higher education focus on liberal art schools and have investigated a limited number of conditioning variables in analyses. This study adds to the literature by exploring financial predictors of student success through a unique sample of students from an art and design college and by considering a number of variable interactions. Institutional scholarships emerged as the strongest predictor of student persistence, progression, and timely graduation in all models explored. Standardized test scores interacted with scholarship dollars in unique ways. Findings suggest that high test scorers may be at risk in an art and design institution and that scholarship dollars may mitigate this risk.