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December 02, 2018

Student Athletes and Scholarships
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You’re the parent of a high school athlete, and you’re hoping their talent on the athletic field will lead to a scholarship for your son or your daughter. But a doctor says the odds of that are surprisingly low. Then- despite America’s vast array of housing, many older Americans struggle to find homes that are affordable, accessible and supportive of seniors.
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Lots of Student Athletes, Few Scholarships
There are roughly 8 million high-school student athletes in the U.S. However, only a small percentage go on to play a sport in college, and even fewer receive athletic scholarships. Patrick O’Rourke, Certified Public Accountant in Washington, D.C., founder of explained which sports have the most scholarship money available. He talked about parents’ misconceptions about college scholarships and offered advice.
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Seniors Burdened by Housing Costs
Jennifer Molinsky, PhD, housing expert, Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University shared the findings of her annual report on the nation’s housing. She said that many older Americans are burdened by housing costs, and that affordable, accessible and supportive senior housing is in short supply. She also warned that many households in their 50s and early 60s may not be financially prepared for retirement.
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Throwing Away Food
Karen Bakies, RDN, LD, FAND, Registered Dietitian and Vice President of Nutrition Affairs for the American Dairy Association Mideast in Columbus, Ohio said a recent survey by her organization found that 94 percent of Americans admit to throwing food away at home. In fact, the average family wastes nearly a third of the food they buy. She outlined the most common reasons that people throw food out, and offered suggestions to minimize the problem.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Jennifer Molinsky
Jennifer Molinsky is a Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, where she manages the Center’s work on housing for older adults. She was lead author on Older Households 2015-2035: Projections and Implications for Housing a Growing Population (2016) as well as Housing America’s Older Adults: Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population (2014). Jennifer’s work also touches on land use regulation, multifamily housing, and family-sized housing supply. She was a co-editor of the 2014 book Homeownership Built to Last: Balancing Access, Affordability, and Risk After the Housing Crisis. Jennifer is also a lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Prior to joining the Joint Center, Jennifer served as Chief Planner for Long Range Planning in Newton, MA; researcher at Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Associate Director of Issues at the Municipal Art Society of New York, and as a member of the Planning Board in Cambridge as well as other local planning committees. Jennifer has also held positions with Abt Associates and with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ government housing finance practice, where she worked on projects related to housing finance, affordable housing, and community development. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from MIT, a Masters of Public Affairs-Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and a B.A. from Yale.

Harvard’s Graduate School of Design