Visa Bill Creates NSF Scholarships

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Science  04 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5395, pp. 1796-1797
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5395.1796b

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A new law that allows U.S. high-tech companies to hire more foreign workers contains a windfall--and a headache--for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The windfall is a $27 million pot of money for college scholarships and school reform efforts, funded through a $500 fee that employers will pay the government for each visa application to bring in a foreign worker. The headache is figuring out how to set up and operate such a program, which would be a first for NSF.