LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) If nothing changes, the state lottery is not expected to generate enough money to continue funding college scholarships beyond early 2014, a state legislative panel heard Tuesday.
The legislative oversight committee on the lottery has been considering a proposal by co-chairman Sen. Johnny Key, R-Mountain Home, to reduce lottery scholarship spending by awarding Academic Challenge Scholarships at different amounts for each grade level.
Under Key's proposal, freshmen would receive $2,000, sophomores $3,000, juniors $4,000 and seniors $5,000. Currently, students receive $2,250 a year to attend a two-year school or $4,500 a year to attend a four-year school.
Setting scholarship amounts for the next fiscal year will be one of the tasks of the General Assembly when it convenes in January.
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