Cowley County Community College is an education institution created by the State of Kansas to primarily provide education opportunities for the citizens of Cowley, Sumner, and Chautauqua counties. Taxpayers in Cowley and Sumner counties provide over $6,000,000 per year to support this institution in its mission to educate our citizens.
Per college reports, $1,046,899 was expended by the college in Fall 2019 for scholarships. A breakdown of that expense follows.
In District (Cowley, Sumner, Chautauqua)$193,409
In Kansas $295,149
In USA, outside Kansas $155,830
Why are significantly more of our taxes being used to provide scholarship support for foreign students than are being provided as support for the students from our District?
I am concerned that our potential local students are being denied opportunities when too much scholarship funding is being used to bring in scholarship students from Europe and South America to play soccer, basketball, and other sports. While it is nice to have winning sports teams, it is an abuse of our taxes to build those teams with foreign players while reducing opportunities for local students.
I also recently found information on the current makeup of the foreign student population. Of the 93 foreign students, 76 are on athletic scholarships, eating up our tax monies and reducing scholarship possibilities for our local students.
Michael A. Bergagnini