Monday, November 05, 2001

Demand for scholarships above funds

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — The popularity of a college scholarship program that rewards Kentucky students for academic achievements in high school has officials worried about a funding shortfall that may get worse.

        More students are going to college and using more Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship money to do it than predicted in 1998.

        KEES rewards Kentucky high-school students for good grades and ACT scores with money to pay for college. For instance, a high-school freshman who earns a 3.5 grade point average would have a $375 scholarship for each year of postsecondary study.

        The funding problem is due to get worse as more students earn money, but lottery revenues that pay for the program remain flat.

        That means state officials may have to find new funds for the program or scale back the awards.


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