Move afoot to amend lottery schol­ar­ship

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM -

SANTA FE — Lead­ers of col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in New Mex­ico are re­quest­ing the state Leg­is­la­ture to sep­a­rate lottery schol­ar­ships from tu­ition costs.

New Mex­ico State Uni­ver­sity Chan­cel­lor Gar­rey Car­ruthers pre­sented the re­quest to a Leg­isla­tive Fi­nance Com­mit­tee hear­ing on Tues­day on be­half of the Coun­cil of Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dents.

Car­ruthers says the re­quest aims to “break the tra­di­tion of tu­ition go­ing up in com­par­i­son to the lottery schol­ar­ship.”

The state lottery has funded schol­ar­ships for qual­i­fy­ing stu­dents to at­tend pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges in the state. The schol­ar­ship amount has been based on in­di­vid­ual tu­ition.

Car­ruthers says the cur­rent idea is to give the schol­ar­ships at a set amount across the board or to dis­trib­ute the fund­ing to uni­ver­si­ties for each to de­cide how to dis­pense.

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