Promise Scholarship Could Face Standards Increase

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's Promise Scholarship program will almost certainly increase its test score requirement -- and do so immediately -- if the legislature balks at capping the annual awards at $4,500.

Hiking the minimum act composite score from 22 to 24 would eliminate nearly a third of the high school seniors now eligible for Promise.

Raising it to 25 is also under discussion.

That would deny promise to nearly 42 percent of this year's scholars.

West Virginia Higher Education officials say they have few alternatives.

Projected cost increases threaten to leave the merit-based scholarship deeply in debt by 2014.

Promise now covers tuition and fees at state schools.

Gov. Joe Manchin's proposed scholarship cap was recommended by a study commission earlier this year.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by David Location: Smithville, WV on Apr 6, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    My daughter scored a 23 and was told that she has the promise scholarship. So she has already made arrangements at Marshal to attend and has been denied other scholarships due to need based on already receiving the promise. Now you are telling me that they may up the requirements. If she was on welfare she would receive all the help that she needed, unfortunately I am a working, tax paying member of the state so my daughter is penalized. Whats fair about that? She, along with many other students are counting on this. Can't something be done about this?
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