Student Well-Being

Court Upholds Limit on Merit-Based Scholarships for Ky. Athletes

By Bryan Toporek — December 29, 2011 1 min read

A federal appeals court upheld a Kentucky rule last week that prevents private school student-athletes from receiving merit-based scholarships that cover more than 25 percent of the cost of their tuition, dismissing claims about the rule’s unconstitutionality.

Four parents of private school students filed suit against the Kentucky High School Athletic Association in 2009, alleging that Bylaw 13 forces students to choose between participating in school sports and getting financial assistance.

In the ruling, filed Dec. 21, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals wrote that the rule “only restricts the amount and type of financial aid that a student can receive

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.