Legislators consider more money for Hathaway Scholarship, changes to eligibility requirements

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SHERIDAN, Wyoming — State lawmakers are working to make changes to Wyoming's Hathaway Scholarship in response to the increasing cost of tuition at the University of Wyoming and the state's community colleges.

The Sheridan Press reports (http://bit.ly/1knZmL2 ) the Joint Education Committee on Friday proposed drafting legislation that would provide more money for scholarship recipients.

The Hathaway program awards four merit-based scholarships that range in amount from $840 to $1,680 per semester to students who pursue higher education in the state. It is unclear how much the awards would increase under the draft legislation.

According to the Department of Education, the number of students receiving Hathaway scholarships has declined by more than 10 percent since 2010.

Legislators are expected to discuss changes to the scholarship's eligibility criteria at a Dec. 15 meeting.

Information from: The Sheridan (Wyo.) Press, http://www.thesheridanpress.com/

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