The purpose of this project was to support the research and writing of a book assessing the value of place-based (“Promise”) scholarship programs. Since the first such program was announced in Kalamazoo in 2005, this model has been replicated to one degree or another in many different settings. Yet there have been only limited efforts to evaluate the impact of existing Promise programs and virtually no comparative work examining different approaches to designing and implementing place-based scholarships. The project addressed this gap through a study of place-based scholarship programs designed to inform practitioners, policymakers, grant-makers, and the general public. The key objectives of this research were to determine whether there was empirical support for the perceived benefits of place-based scholarship programs, assess the impact of Promise programs on educational inequality, and make fact-based recommendations to communities about the design of Promise programs, especially regarding the question of universal v. merit-based criteria. Research will extend beyond the grant period and is expected to culminate in the publication of a book in 2015, the tenth anniversary of the Kalamazoo Promise.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/randall_eberts/48/