Targeted Merit Aid: Implications of the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program
Vol 37, No. 1, 2007 p. 7
by Erik C. Ness and Brian E. Noland
As the nation's newest broad-based merit aid program, the
Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship program's generous
eligibility requirements may target the very students who are
disproportionately left out of similar programs in other states.
This article compares the scholarship eligibility rates of Tennessee
students with three other states: Florida, Louisiana, and
West Virginia. This study suggests that Tennessee's model may
mitigate recent criticisms of merit aid programs and may compel
policymakers to consider more fully the negative consequences
of traditional merit aid.