Appalachian college scholarships approved by house

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Appalachian students could get special
scholarships under legislation approved by the House on Tuesday.

The proposal that passed 89-7 provides grants of up to $6,000 a
year to students attending a handful of private colleges in the
mountain region.

The proposal is a spinoff from an earlier recommendation to turn
the private University of Pikeville into a public university to
boost educational levels and spur the economy in central
Appalachia. Widespread opposition led to that idea being withdrawn.

The funding source for the scholarships would be coal severance
tax revenue that is intended for economic development. Proponents
believe generating more college graduates would make the
impoverished central Appalachian region more appealing to
businesses looking to build or relocate.
The legislation is House Bill 260.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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