Friday, April 29, 2011

A SELF-HELP COLLEGE ON A FARM; part 5; Harriet S. Flagg; June 1919

"Three classes of young people go to college," said Dr. Hudson. "In the first class are those who can pay their way. Next come those who cannot pay but are able to battle their way through college by work and economy. Such a student was the late John Green Bradey, three time governor of Alaska, born a street Arab in New York. He worked his way through a small western college, through Yale and through a theological seminary. A boy or girl with qualities such as that, does not need the help of Blackburn. There is a third class; it is the class that Blackburn college is organized to help and includes financially-poor young people from mortgaged farms, who crave an education yet have not the worldly knowledge which is needed for self-help. They require, at the start, more individual attention than the average university can give them. They are splendid young Americans. We know this, for Blackburn proudly sent fifty of her young men to serve in Uncle Sam's army.

"This is only the third year of our self-help plan," continued Doctor Hudson. "Some of our students have gone to further studies in larger universities, other have returned to the farms. The girls who graduate are skilled in household management besides the knowledge they have gained from books. The young men have learned scientific agriculture and have had some training in farm management."

"If Lincoln were a boy today," said one of the trustees of Blackburn college, "he would, I believe, find his way to Blackburn where he would be welcomed. He would split rails and work on the farm for his education in an atmosphere that would make the most of his wonderful natural gifts."

Blackburn college is working to raise a half-million-dollar endowment fund. If it succeeds in doing this, then the little prairie college with the big idea, will be in a position to better realize its great dream of helping young men and women help themselves to fine, efficient citizenship.