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Lawmakers debate halving some scholarships

Associated Press

(AP) - A proposal to cut some students' lottery scholarships in half is becoming a hot topic this legislative session.

The plan from a panel of state lawmakers would reduce by 50% the lottery scholarship awards for students who do not meet both standardized testing and high school grade requirements.

Right now, students can get a scholarship worth $4,000 for each of 4 years if they either earn a 3.0 grade point average in high school or score a 21 on their ACT college entrance exam.

The plan is estimated to generate about $13 million in savings the first year and $17 million each year thereafter.

But opponents of the plan say it's unnecessary because the lottery scholarship program currently has nearly $400 million in reserves and tickets for the Tennessee Lottery's popular Powerball game have a dollar, which will likely mean additional revenue.

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