Scholarships: The Will to Succeed

The modern Horatio Alger is a penniless Negro who rises from the rags of a segregated Southern high school to the riches of Harvard. As in the classic story, he has a patron. It is the National Scholarship Service and Fund for Negro Students, a counseling agency that finds poor Negroes with rich minds and then finds colleges and scholarships for them. In 15 years of scouring South and North, NSSFNS (which is commonly reduced to "Ness-feness" in speech) has successfully planted 9,000 Negroes in 350 mostly-white colleges, and last week it revealed its chief asset: the Negroes' own passionate...

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