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74-32,102. Establishment; award of scholarships; determination of student qualifications; amount and duration of awards. (a) There is hereby established the teacher service scholarship program. A scholarship may be awarded under the teacher service scholarship program to any qualified student and may be renewed for each such student who remains qualified for the scholarship. Determination of the students qualified for such scholarships shall be made by the executive officer. Scholastic ability shall be determined on the basis of any one or more of the following: (1) High ACT or SAT score; (2) rank in high school graduation class; (3) cumulative high school or college grade point average; or (4) any other indicator of scholastic ability which the state board of regents determines to be demonstrative of potential for successful completion of a course of instruction leading to licensure as a teacher. To the extent practicable and consistent with qualification factors, consideration shall be given to qualified students who are members of ethnic minority groups.

(b) Within the limitations of appropriations therefor, the number of scholarships awarded and the amount awarded to each applicant shall be determined by the executive officer. The amount awarded shall be specified in the agreement. The amount awarded may vary depending upon the number of hours and the program in which the applicant is enrolled. For academic year 2007-2008, the amount awarded shall not exceed $2,500 each semester or its equivalent. For academic year 2008-2009 and each year thereafter, the maximum amount that may be awarded shall be increased by an amount equal to the percentage increase in the CPI (urban) during the preceding fiscal year as certified to the executive officer by the director of the budget on August 15 of each year.

(c) If a student is not enrolled on a full-time basis, a student shall complete the course of study within the time period specified in the agreement and shall receive a proportionate amount of the scholarship allowed under subsection (b) based upon the number of hours enrolled in an academic period, and computed as a fraction of the total number of credit hours required for full-time enrollment.

History: L. 1990, ch. 273, § 3; L. 1991, ch. 236, § 2; L. 2001, ch. 151, § 21; L. 2002, ch. 118, § 6; L. 2005, ch. 194, § 21; L. 2007, ch. 173, § 13; July 1.

Revisor's Note:

Section was also amended by L. 2005, ch. 69, § 23 and L. 2005, ch. 158, § 12, but those versions were repealed by L. 2005, ch. 158, § 13 and L. 2005, ch. 194, § 27, respectively.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Affirmative Action at the Crossroads," Richard H. Seaton, 36 W.L.J. 248 (1997).

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