Jul 17, 2013 - By Bob Moen, The Associated PressStatistics show that the Hathaway Scholarship program is giving Wyoming junior high and high school students incentive to perform better in the classroom, a University of Wyoming official said.
Mike Massie, special assistant to the UW president, presented figures to the Legislature's Joint Education Committee on Tuesday in Riverton showing that a higher percentage of students entering UW with the scholarship are receiving the top award than when the scholarship program began seven years ago.
"What we found out is that there was a much higher percentage of those students earning the honors level, the highest level, than there were previously, which indicates that the Hathaway Scholarship program is providing an incentive to junior high and high school students to do their best in order to access the highest level of financial support," Massie said in a telephone interview.
Under the Hathaway Scholarship program, Wyoming residents entering an in-state college can receive money to help pay their tuition. There are four levels of scholarship awards based on the student's high school grades, test scores and curriculum.
The top scholarship, honors, provides $3,200 a year in aid, while the bottom scholarships pay out $1,600 a year. The scholarship cannot be used for out-of-state colleges.
Massie said the statistics also indicate that keeping Hathaway Scholarship recipients in school benefits them in the long run.
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