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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Adams Scholarships hype misleading?


With all the positive attention focused on the recent awarding of 16,000 John and Abigail Adams Scholarship tuition waivers, Wellesley's James Montague, the director of guidance at the Boston Latin School, is counseling caution.

All the hoopla, Montague writes in a letter to the editor, "is a bit misleading, since (the scholarship) covers such a small portion of the actual cost of attending a state college or university. For example, in 2006-07 at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Adams Scholarship winners will receive a tuition waiver of $1,714 but will still have to find a way to pay $7,881 in comprehensive fees (including a $5,679 curriculum fee), not to mention $6,989 for room and board."

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Joyce Wong, 17, center, reacts as she reads her letter at the O'Bryant School for Math and Science, after Gov. Mitt Romney announced that 16,169 high school students earned a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. (Photo: Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

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