Stop funding merit-based scholarships as “thinly-veiled recruitment tools,” writes OUSA contributor

November 14, 2016

“My ask is simple. To the Province of Ontario: eliminate the use of public funding and tuition dollars to pay for merit-based scholarships at all universities,” writes Blake Oliver for the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. Oliver argues that merit-based scholarships are used primarily as recruiting tools to attract the best possible students, but adds that they create a form of “arms race” that ultimately draws funds away from students who need the most support. Oliver concludes by asking, “how can we allow institutions to continue to offer these merit-based entrance scholarships, when all they will do is undermine goals to meet unmet OSAP need and increase university access?” OUSA