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Board Report #00-3

1998-1999 Academic Excellence Scholarship Program
Annual Report and Survey Results

 

July 30, 1999
TO: The Honorable Brian Burke, Co-Chair
Joint Committee on Finance
State Capitol, Room 316S
Madison, WI 53701
The Honorable John Gard, Co-Chair
Joint Committee on Finance
State Capitol, Room 315N
Madison, WI 53701
Dear Senator Burke and Representative Gard:

Enclosed is the 1998-99 Annual Status Report for the Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) Program. Submission of this report is in compliance with Section 39.41(7) of the Wisconsin Statutes which requires a yearly report regarding the AES Program be developed and provided to the Joint Committee on Finance. In addition to presenting final 1998-99 data, preliminary data is included for the freshmen who will enroll during the academic year 1999-2000 as the tenth class of scholars since the inception of the program.

If you have any questions about this report or about the AES Program, please feel free to contact me at 264.6181.

Sincerely,

Jane Hojan-Clark
Executive Secretary

 

1998-99
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Annual Status Report

1998-99 was the third year that the $2,250 cap was placed on the Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) freshmen recipients. There were 704 freshmen scholars under this cap requirement utilizing $784,054 of the program's funds. In 1997-98, 671 freshmen scholars required $740,159 to fund their scholarships. The cap was initiated to control spending. Once all four classes, freshmen through seniors, have a tuition cap tied to their scholarship; spending in this program will be more predictable and therefore more manageable. However, continued attention needs to be given to any possible trends that reflect that the cap is discouraging students from using the scholarship.

Recent graduates who participated in the AES program were surveyed to determine how the program influenced their decision making process. Scholarships awarded to these students did not have a tuition cap. The information gathered from this survey will be compared in the future to students whose scholarships were capped. This process should assist in determining if a trend is developing that shows students are being discouraged from using the scholarship because of the current cap. 1999-00 freshmen recipients have also been surveyed to determine whether or not the AES influenced their decision to attend a Wisconsin college or university. Results of these surveys will be published in future reports.

Seven tables are attached showing final figures for 1998-99 along with preliminary data for 1999-2000.

 

TABLE I
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARS
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN INSTITUTIONS
1998-99 ACADEMIC YEAR
University Freshman
Scholars
Sophomore
Scholars
Junior
Scholars
Senior
Scholars
Total
Scholars
Scholarship
Amount
UW Madison 380 352 290 346 1,368 $1,681,090.75
UW Milwaukee 26 18 24 21 89 $112,753.50
UW Green Bay 9 12 12 17 50 $59,132.00
UW Parkside 5 3 4 3 15 $15,922.50
UW Centers/Colleges 8 6 0 0 14 $14,625.00
UW Eau Claire 32 34 35 34 135 $155,066.70
UW La Crosse 43 30 31 30 134 $157,775.00
UW Oshkosh 11 11 8 23 53 $62,044.50
UW Platteville 23 15 20 19 77 $82,919.50
UW River Falls 8 12 21 13 54 $62,734.75
UW Stevens Point 15 25 18 21 79 $94,380.00
UW Stout 11 7 4 7 29 $33,404.50
UW Superior 2 2 2 4 10 $12,286.00
UW Whitewater 15 15 22 12 64 $74,068.52
UW Total 588 542 491 550 2,171 $2,618,203.22

TABLE II
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARS
WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGES
1998-99 ACADEMIC YEAR
Technical
College
Freshman
Scholars
Sophomore
Scholars
Junior
Scholars
Senior
Scholars
Total
Scholars
Scholarship
Amount
Southwest Wisconsin 1       1 $934.00
Northeast Wisconsin   2     2 $1,367.50
Western Wisconsin 2 1     3 $2,692.06
Milwaukee Area 2 2 1   5 $3,954.90
Northcentral     1   1 $719.15
Wisconsin Indianhead 2       2 $2,241.65
WTC Total 7 5 2   14 $11,909.26

  Freshman
Scholars
Sophomore
Scholars
Junior
Scholars
Senior
Scholars
Total
Scholars
Scholarship
Amount
UW & WTC Total 595 547 493 550 2,185 $2,630,112.48

TABLE III
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARS
INDEPENDENT COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
1998-99 ACADEMIC YEAR
College or
University
Freshman
Scholars
Sophomore
Scholars
Junior
Scholars
Senior
Scholars
Total
Scholars
Scholarship
Amount
Alverno College 3 0 0 1 4 $4,995.00
Beloit College 2 2 4 4 12 $15,247.50
Cardinal Stritch University 2 1 0 2 5 $5,928.75
Carroll College 9 7 9 6 31 $38,340.00
Carthage College 5 1 5 1 12 $13,514.50
Edgewood College 1 1 0 1 3 $2,540.00
Lakeland College 1 1 1 0 3 $2,813.00
Lawrence University 12 10 22 6 50 $60,462.00
Marian College 0 2 1 1 4 $5,077.50
Marquette University 34 20 31 36 121 $146,687.00
Milwaukee School
of Engineering
8 5 8 6 27 $44,725.00
Mt. Mary College 1 0 0 0 1 $1,125.00
Mt. Senario College 1 0 0 0 1 $1,125.00
Northland College 0 1 0 2 3 $3,678.00
Ripon College 5 4 6 4 19 $23,685.00
St. Norbert College 17 14 18 12 61 $74,697.50
Viterbo College 1 5 3 6 15 $20,339.00
Concordia University 2 4 1 2 9 $11,279.00
Wisconsin Lutheran College 3 2 4 2 11 $13,529.50
Maranatha Baptist Bible College 2 3 2 1 8 $9,576.50
Bellin College of Nursing 0 0 0 1 1 $851.25
Independent Total 109 83 115 94 401 $500,216.00

  Freshman
Scholars
Sophomore
Scholars
Junior
Scholars
Senior
Scholars
Total
Scholars
Scholarship
Amount
Grand Total
UW-WTC-Indep.
704 630 608 644 2,586 $3,130,328.48

PLEASE NOTE: Tables I, II, and III show actual net spent amounts and the scholars with those net spent amounts.

TABLE IV
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARS
(ALSO RECEIVING STATE GRANTS)
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AND WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGES
1998-99 ACADEMIC YEAR
University Total
Scholars
Applied
for Aid
State Aid
Eligible
Average
Contribution
Average
AGI
State Aid
Amount
HEAB AES
Amount
UW Madison 1,381 509 64 $585 $18,539 $72,472 $1,733,623
UW Milwaukee 90 50 7 $236 $16,709 $11,870 $110,738
UW Green Bay 51 22 4 $153 $4,424 $5,436 $62,114
UW Parkside 16 5 1 $0 $0 $1,250 $17,342
UW Centers/Colleges 15 0 0 NA NA $0 $15,750
UW Eau Claire 136 63 16 $482 $19,400 $18,086 $158,200
UW La Crosse 134 56 11 $410 $15,660 $11,126 $158,497
UW Oshkosh 54 23 6 $437 $20,184 $7,401 $65,864
UW Platteville 78 33 7 $493 $18,216 $7,121 $86,851
UW River Falls 54 33 12 $416 $17,161 $12,434 $63,453
UW Stevens Point 80 40 9 $535 $25,882 $9,729 $97,075
UW Stout 31 16 7 $408 $24,543 $7,974 $35,801
UW Superior 10 7 1 $1,015 $23,626 $495 $12,286
UW Whitewater 64 26 6 $308 $19,395 $8,127 $74,778
UW Total 2,194 883 151 $487 $18,564 $173,521 $2,692,372
 
WTC Total 22 9 6 $275 $13,396 $9,503 $21,784
 
Total
UW & WTC
2,216 892 157 $479 $18,366 $183,024 $2,714,156

TABLE V
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARS
(ALSO RECEIVING STATE GRANTS)
INDEPENDENT COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
1998-99 ACADEMIC YEAR
College or
University
Total
Scholars
Applied
for Aid
State Aid
Eligible
Average
Contribution
Average
AGI
State Aid
Amount
HEAB AES
Amount
Alverno College 4 2 2 $2,903 $28,876 $2,598 $5,078
Beloit College 12 12 10 $2,072 $33,716 $23,000 $15,248
Cardinal Stritch University 5 5 3 $2,260 $31,810 $6,900 $6,780
Carroll College 32 26 15 $2,632 $34,972 $34,993 $40,043
Carthage College 12 7 5 $3,046 $45,152 $10,100 $14,078
Edgewood College 3 2 2 $843 $19,311 $3,982 $3,391
Lakeland College 2 1 0 NA NA $0 $2,250
Lawrence University 51 44 35 $3,750 $46,056 $77,588 $60,840
Marian College 4 4 1 $1,093 $47,631 $2,300 $5,078
Marquette University 129 91 53 $2,969 $34,310 $128,807 $161,949
Milwaukee School
of Engineering
27 23 16 $2,946 $27,227 $39,503 $33,850
Mt. Mary College 2 1 1 $4,689 $28,887 $2,300 $2,250
Mt. Senario College 1 1 1 $80 $26,308 $2,300 $1,125
Northland College 3 2 2 $2,021 $18,967 $4,600 $4,530
Ripon College 19 17 12 $3,125 $39,963 $27,600 $23,685
St. Norbert College 62 30 30 $3,083 $40,303 $71,769 $76,695
Viterbo College 15 12 10 $2,447 $40,924 $22,030 $20,340
Concordia University 9 4 4 $3,693 $37,484 $9,200 $11,280
Wisconsin Lutheran College 11 6 2 $4,239 $41,690 $4,600 $13,530
Maranatha Baptist Bible College 8 7 5 $2,475 $44,077 $7,113 $9,578
Bellin College of Nursing 1 1 0 NA NA $0 $851
Total 412 298 210 $2,990 $37,532 $481,283 $512,449

  Total
Scholars
Applied
for Aid
State Aid
Eligible
Average
Contribution
Average
AGI
State Aid
Amount
HEAB AES
Amount
Grand Total
UW-WTC-Indep.
2,628 1,190 367 $1,916 $29,333 $664,307 $3,226,605

PLEASE NOTE: Tables IV and V show scholars and amounts awarded.
The final column is the amount of AES that HEAB provides. The institutions match this amount to fully fund the scholars.

TABLE VI
GENERAL SCHOLAR DATA
  1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99
Total Scholarships Available 3,151 3,197 3,244 3,294
Total Scholars Enrolled In-State 2,363 2,484 2,496 2,586
Scholars Enrolled as Freshmen 682 698 671 697
Alternate Scholarship Recipients 40 55 59 75
% of Eligible Freshmen Enrolled In-State 84% 86% 81% 82%

TABLE VII
PRELIMINARY DATA
1999-2000 FRESHMAN SCHOLARS
AS OF JULY 15, 1999
TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE 847
TOTAL SCHOLARS ENROLLED IN WISCONSIN INSTITUTIONS 542
PERCENTAGE OF SCHOLARS ENROLLED IN WISCONSIN INSTITUTIONS 63%
Scholars Enrolled in UW System Institutions 442
Scholars Enrolled in Independent Colleges 96
Scholars Enrolled in WTC Institutions 4
Scholars Enrolled in Non-Wisconsin Institutions 100
Scholars Who Have Not Yet Responded 237

 

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP SURVEYS

In 1998-1999, HEAB conducted two surveys to try to determine the impact of the Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) on the decision making of the students who receive the scholarship.

The first survey was sent to students who received the AES in 1995-96 and should now be completing or have completed their post-secondary education.

The three main questions were concerned with: 1) what school did the student attend; 2) did receiving the AES impact the choice of school; and 3) does the student plan to remain or return to Wisconsin to pursue his/her career.

The results were:

  1. In 1995-96, did you attend:
    A UW school 265 72.4%
    A WI independent school 47 12.8%
    WI technical school 1 0.2%
    An out-of-state school 52 14.4%
    Did not attend school 1 0.2%

  2. Did receiving the AES affect your decision on which college to attend?
    Yes 209 57.1%
    No 157 42.9%

  3. Do you plan to:
    Remain in WI 217 59.3%
    Return to WI 58 15.8%
    No Decision 91 24.9%

The second survey was sent to students who graduated from high school in the spring of 1999 and who should have entered a post-secondary school in the fall of 1999.

The three main questions were concerned with: 1) did receiving the AES impact the choice of a Wisconsin school vs. an out-of state school; 2) did receiving the AES influence the choice of one Wisconsin school over another; and 3) did receiving the AES allow the student to attend college.

The results were:

  1. Did the AES influence your decision to attend a Wisconsin school rather than an out-of-state school?
    Yes 398 53.5%
    No 346 46.5%

  2. Did the AES influence your decision to attend a different Wisconsin school than you had originally planned to attend?
    Yes 59 7.9%
    No 685 92.1%

  3. Did the AES allow you to attend college when you otherwise may not have?
    Yes 115 15.5%
    No 629 84.5%

 

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