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Report reviews first year of scholarship program

Posted: January 26, 2012 - 1:11am

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new report finds Caucasian students in Alaska are four-and-a-half times more likely to be academically eligible for state-funded merit scholarships than Alaska Native or American Indian students.

But the report also finds that once eligible, public school students from most ethnic groups take advantage of the scholarship at the same rate, around 36 percent.

The report also finds that girls are more likely to be eligible for scholarships than boys but that 36 percent of each took an award during the first year after graduation.

The report released by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education on Wednesday provides a status update on the Alaska Performance Scholarship Program. Last year’s graduates were the first who could be eligible for the program, a pet project of the governor.

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