But the answer might already be "no."
NWOSU distributed $214,000 from the scholarship fund for the spring semester. The money comes from a 1999 city sales tax approved by Alva voters for economic development.
"Half was dedicated to Northwestern to create an incentive for students to attend Northwestern and establish a permanent or part-time residence in Alva," Cunningham wrote in her column. "The charge to Northwestern was simple – use the money in the best way possible to attract the largest number of students."
In January, The Alva Review-Courier raised questions about the distribution of the fall semester scholarships.
Of the $220,222, NWOSU awarded $57,000 to 57 athletes, the newspaper reported. Each received $1,000, which was the largest amount given to students. In contrast, 18 students received valedictorian scholarships of $750 each.
Cunningham said the university "continues to make available to all members of the city council a list of students who receive funds, the amounts they receive, and the purpose of the award – such as participation in an extra-curricular program."
"The people elected to represent us on the city council have access to all information regarding the program," Cunningham said. "However, in Mr. (Charlie) Babb's opinion, FERPA precludes the public disclosure of this information without the student's permission."
Wouldn't disclosing the names to council members be a FERPA violation? If not, why can't the information be released to the public?
Joey Senat, Ph.D.