State Board of Education discusses funding more scholarships

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — The Idaho State Board of Education met in Twin Falls Wednesday to discuss its strategic plan.

The board meets every other month for meetings, rotating between locations around the state.

In the morning they focused a lot of the conversation on the opportunity scholarship.

The scholarship is offered to Idaho students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Awarding of the scholarship is dependent on need and academic achievement.

Currently the state has 1,000 students on the waiting list who qualify for the scholarship, but aren't getting it because there aren't enough funds.

"We're looking at making a request of the legislature for additional money for that scholarship, which is really needed to help support Idaho students in higher ed," said Linda Clark, president of the Idaho State Board of Education.

The board would request another $5 million toward the scholarship program, which, if granted, would cover the 1,000 students on the waiting list as well as 400-500 more students.

If the amount is granted the board would also consider lowering the GPA requirements for the scholarship to 2.5.