Spirit of Pell Grant under attack by federal budget proposals

Botzman, Thomas

(Photo: Special to The News-Press) Decades ago, U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell eloquently stated: “The strength of the United States is not the gold in Fort Knox or the weapons of mass destruction we have, but the sum total of the education and character of our people.”

Shortly thereafter, Pell backed up his statement by sponsoring legislation to provide grants to students who wished to enroll in college, thus rapidly increasing the percentage of young adults with a college education. It can be argued that the related growth in college-educated Americans supported our increased economic vitality as a nation over these […]