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.
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.