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Michigan Scholarship on Chopping Block

By Bess Keller — March 15, 2005 1 min read

Some of Michigan’s high school graduates could be out up to $500 each in state scholarship aid that they were promised for doing well on state exams in middle school.

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, a Democrat, dropped funding for the scholarships, worth up to $500 each, in her proposed $41.2 billion budget for fiscal 2006. She cited the state’s projected $770 million shortfall.

Though she noted that the state did not have a database for tracking who had earned the scholarships, she has since announced that a database will be created for that purpose. The scholarships were to be awarded for the first time this year as part of the 4-year-old Michigan Merit Awards program, which also gives $2,500 scholarships to seniors who pass the state’s high school tests and enroll at a Michigan institution.

Speaker of the House Craig DeRoche, a Republican, has said he wants to see the money restored.

A version of this article appeared in the March 16, 2005 edition of Education Week