Thousands of Arkansas grads get lottery scholarships

Posted: June 19, 2012 at noon

— About 13,000 Arkansas high school graduates are getting lottery-funded scholarships for the coming school year.

Interim Higher Education Department Director Shane Broadway told legislators Tuesday that 6 percent more traditional students were awarded scholarships this year compared to 2011.

Some applications are still being processed and the number is expected to grow.

Legislators have said they plan to rework the formula for awarding scholarships. That would take place in hearings leading up to the regular legislative session that starts in January.

The Higher Education Department has shortened the time needed to process most applications. But Broadway noted the agency may again need to hire temporary staff in 2013 if there are major changes to qualifications for scholarship awards.