Education: Scholarship Jackpot

As a high school senior last year in Lompoc, Calif., Patrick Cole wanted to go on to college outside his native state, but the cost seemed beyond him. He had saved only $200 from his part-time job and did not want to turn to his family's modest income for more help. Then Cole discovered that he had some other resources: he is black, Catholic, interested in theology, and gets good grades. He took advantage of those characteristics and this fall is a freshman at the University of Notre Dame, supported by four scholarships totaling...