Scholars and Athletes Without Scholarships When Birmingham Southern gave up athletic scholarships, freshman applications increased, more students tried intercollegiate sports and alumni contributions soared.
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Scholars and Athletes Without Scholarships

Scholars and Athletes Without Scholarships

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When Birmingham Southern gave up athletic scholarships, freshman applications increased, more students tried intercollegiate sports and alumni contributions soared.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Now a tale of athletics and academics and an Alabama school that said good-bye to big-time college sports. Here's commentator Frank Deford.

FRANK DEFORD: So, you see, giving up athletic scholarships at Birmingham Southern greatly improved - yes - athletics at Birmingham Southern.

MONTAGNE: This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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