Scholarships ready but state must define courses

Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A scholarship program is getting ready for Alaska high school graduates who took extra math and science but the courses that will count still have to be defined.

The Alaska Legislature approved the performance scholarship system last April.

The state will include $8.2 million in Gov. Sean Parnell's proposed budget to kick-start what could eventually be a $20 million annual program, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

The program will reward students with thousands of dollars apiece in university and post-secondary aid if they chose more difficult course loads, earned good grades and scored average or better on entrance exams.

The task of deciding which courses can be used to apply for the scholarships was expected to fall to either the incoming education commissioner or the statewide board of education, according to the newspaper.

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