FRANKFORT, KY (1/20/12) - College students in Kentucky’s 15th House District received nearly $2 million in tuition assistance from state grant and scholarship programs during the 2010-2011 school year, with more than half of the funds coming from merit based scholarships, State Rep. Brent Yonts said today.
Out of a total of $1,921,955 in student aid reported by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) for need and merit based programs, Yonts said $1,029,863 was awarded to 778 merit based Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) winners in his district.
“The fact that student achievement accounted for over half of the tuition assistance awarded over the past year in this district says that we as a people value education,” said Yonts, D-Greenville. “I hope that is a value that is passed to each successive generation.”
A total of 551 need-based grants were awarded in the district over the same period, including 466 College Access Program (CAP) grants totaling $669,803 and 85 Kentucky Tuition Grants (KTG) totaling $222,316, said Yonts.
“I am proud of both the district’s merit and need based winners, and wish them the best of luck in all their future educational pursuits,” said Yonts.
Information provided by Rebecca Hanchett
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