Governor's scholarship program is biased

Posted: Sunday, February 21, 2010

Funding for Post-Secondary Education is a top priority for this year's Legislature. The proposed Governor's Performance Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that seeks to provide students with financial motivation to complete a more rigorous course of high school academics.

Sounds familiar right? That's because it is. It's just a beefed- up version on the University of Alaska Scholar program that's already implemented in the UA system. But that's not the real problem; the problem is that the course load required to access the scholarship isn't even offered in all Alaska schools (specifically those in the Bush), which is unfair and biased, not to mention classist and racist, if you look at the demographics.

This is why I'm supporting the Alaska Achievers' Incentive Scholarship Program (AAIP). It is a need-based scholarship for low income students that are making the grades and need a little extra help getting by. I'll bet you didn't know that Alaska has been ranked last for low-income college students for more than a decade and that it is the only state in the country with a state school that doesn't have a needs-based scholarship fund. Alaska needs AAIP. An investment in education is an investment in the future, and it is never the wrong time to do that. Contact to your senators to get this approved and help the youth of Alaska.

Amy Bond-Campion

Juneau



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