Needs-based NM 'Lottery Scholarships' eyed

Posted at: 11/28/2012 10:57 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A college scholarship that's bankrolled by the state lottery may become merit- or needs-based.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Sen. Michael Sanchez said Tuesday that his long-held stance that the scholarship should be available to all New Mexican students, regardless of financial need or academic accomplishments, might have to change.

That's because a Legislative Finance Committee reported in September that the scholarship fund is projected to run out of money in the next fiscal year.

The Senator Majority Leader made his comments at a University of New Mexico student summit. About 75,300 New Mexican students have received the scholarship since it began 16 years ago.

The scholarship pays 100 percent of tuition to a public New Mexico school for eight consecutive semesters, as long as students maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA. 

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