Arkansas News ran a story today about legislators considering possible changes to the lottery scholarships.
Information in the article served as a reminder of the Arkansas Lottery’s gross shortcomings in the scholarship-department.
The article noted that
- 59% of the freshmen who received a lottery scholarship in 2009 did not retain it for their sophomore year.
- Non-traditional students, arguably the students most likely to retain their scholarships and benefit the State of Arkansas with their degrees, are currently limited in the number of scholarship dollars available to them.
- Legislators have already been forced to reduce scholarship awards once in the past two years.