JUNEAU - An advocate of a program similar to Gov. Sean Parnell's proposed merit scholarship program says there's room for a needs-based element without compromising the basic intent.
Bill Schilling is president of the Wyoming Business Alliance, which championed that state's Hathaway Scholarship Program.
He spoke at a joint hearing of Alaska's House and Senate Education committees Wednesday.
Schilling said that after a student qualifies based on merit and has exhausted federal financial aid opportunities, his state will help to cover a student's remaining "unmet need." Financial need is not a prerequisite for the scholarships.
House Education Chair Paul Seaton said that approach seems to be in line with what lawmakers want.