The 2018 Effectiveness Study had a 36% increased response rate over the 2017 Effectiveness Study.
Twenty (20) of the respondents were new awardees and it will be a goal to keep the lines of communication open by creating an Effectiveness Study designed to track the progress toward stated outcomes for this group of recipients.
Twenty-five (25) of the respondents have received two or more awards; half of these awardees received back-to-back awards (in 2017 and 2018). Additionally, twenty-three (23) of the respondents have applied for a 2019 Bernie Scholarship Award. Our challenge will be to measure the effectiveness of multiple awards on education completion rates and increased standards of living.
Ninety-eight percent (98%) of the respondents are still enrolled in school or have completed a degree or certificate program.