Scholarship Legislation Makes it to Senate Floor

Major scholarship legislation tacked on to a bill to retain dentists, pharmacists and optometrists in Alaska is going to the Senate floor. The Senate Finance Committee advanced a bill today to significantly expand two existing scholarship programs with a more than $11 million first-year price tag. An expanded and renamed UA Scholars program would provide between half and full tuition to the top 15 percent of every graduating Alaska high school class. The scholarship would only apply to the University of Alaska. The bill also ups the maximum awards in the needs-based AlaskAdvantage Education Grant program, from $2,000 a year to $5,000. The committee’s action comes while a separate scholarship bill by Gov. Sean Parnell is stalled.

The Associated Press

Download Audio (MP3)