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Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 12:59pm

Hope Proposal Tightens Eligibility

State lottery sales can no longer keep up with demand for the Hope scholarship.

Lawmakers plan to introduce legislation on Tuesday to remedy Hope's depleting funds.

Representative Len Walker says the proposal calls for Hope to pay only 90 percent of tuition for B students.

Students who have a GPA of 3.75 and high SAT scores would still get 100 percent tuition, Walker says.

"Those are the best and the brightest in the state and we want to keep them in state. And they are the ones who retain the Hope scholarship once they are admitted into college," Walker says.

Hope would no longer pay for remedial classes. Whether the legislation's effect current Hope students is unclear. The official proposal will also include changes to the lottery funded pre-K program.

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