Georgia scholarships to end for 1,500 students

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - Some of Georgia's top students are finding
out that a four-year scholarship designed to help keep them from
leaving the state has been eliminated.

The Governor's Scholarship Program was quietly removed from the
budget lawmakers passed April 3 on the final day of the 2009
session.

Within a week of the vote, the Student Finance Commission began
notifying about 1,500 students that they wouldn't get the aid next
fall.

The scholarship began in the mid-1980s as an incentive to keep
Georgia valedictorians and other top students from attending
college elsewhere.

About 3,000 students were getting more than $4.5 million in
awards at its peak in the 1990s but the program has been scaled
back.

The state spent about $1.3 million this year and scholarships
were about $900 for most students.
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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
http://www.ajc.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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