The governor's proposed budget for next year includes $1 million for Opportunity Scholarships, but that's just enough to continue funding renewals of the scholarships for students who already are receiving them; it's not enough to add any new ones. It would be the third year the state has taken that position; no new students have been able to apply for the scholarship for the past two years, due to lack of funds. About 450 students are getting the scholarships now, down from about 700 when the program started. Opportunity Scholarships provide needs-based scholarships of up to $3,000 per year, renewable for up to four years.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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