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Document Number: 7993

Rewarding Persistence: Effects of a Performance-Based Scholarship Program for Low-Income Parents - Two Louisiana community colleges sought to confront some postsecondary completion problems through the use of performance-based scholarships and counseling. This study describes positive short-term findings, including that low-income, mostly single mothers in the program were more likely to register full time, to persist in their studies from semester to semester, to earn higher grades and more credits, and to have better social and psychological outcomes than students in a control group.(Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Thomas Brock, Allen LeBlanc, Christina Paxson, Cecilia Rouse and Lisa Barrow, MDRC, January 2009)...

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