Need a College Scholarship? Dan Cassidy Has 50,000 of Them
updated 12/06/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/06/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST
Among the oddities he found were scholarships for those interested in calf-roping and golf course turf management. Help's available for Harvard students named Anderson, Murphy, Borden and Pennoyer; Wellesley aids women 26 and under who want to study in Europe and promise to stay single while doing so. Cassidy himself got more than $17,000 in grants, enabling him to earn two B.S. degrees and an M.A. in chemistry before enrolling in 1980 in the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.
Two years ago he decided to go into business spreading his wealth of information. Working out of the San Rafael, Calif. apartment he shares with his wife, Didi, he formed the National Scholarship Research Service. It now boasts a suite of offices, a staff of 20 and 14 computers, which list 50,000 scholarships worth $1 billion. Customers submit a $35 fee and a form detailing their ethnic origin, religious affiliation and scholastic achievements and interests. In three weeks they get a printout listing an average of 35 scholarships for which they may qualify, along with tips on how to apply. To date 15,000 students have sought NSRS help, and last year the firm grossed $270,000. Cassidy, the son of a masonry contractor, pays himself $2,000 a month. Though much of what his outfit supplies can be found in library financial aid books, his service "saves time," Cassidy says. Not for him, though. To cope with demand, he's had to take a leave from school.