Lottery-based scholarships


Published: Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 9, 2004 at 11:40 p.m.

This is a response to the January 4 editorial titled "HOPE's bias: Bright Futures, and other lottery-based scholarship programs, are funded by the poor but benefit the middle and upper-classes."

I am highly offended by The Sun editorial staff's suggestion that lottery funded scholarships are somehow socially unjust. The editorial stated that the lottery is a regressive form of taxation. Can you please tell me how a lottery, which is completely voluntary, can possibly be compared to actual taxation (which involves the confiscation of money from individuals through means of force)?

Additionally, the editorial suggests that merit is not a proper criterion to administer a scholarship. Is it the position of the Sun editorial staff that people who are unwilling to apply themselves should get a free college education? If that is the Sun's true belief, I urge them to put their money where their mouth is and hire new employees based on need rather than merit.

I chose to work hard, to earn good grades, to go to college. Now I am being told by the Sun that, somehow, my hard work shouldn't count? Nonsense! Who would you want to invest in: someone who chooses to have a good work ethic or someone who chooses not to?

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