Idaho Opportunity Scholarship
Despite an infusion of $7 million in one-time money, some 1,200 eligible students still didn’t get a share of Opportunity Scholarship money. Meanwhile, the fast-growing College of Western Idaho is poised for another big enrollment surge.
More than 6,000 college students will get a share of Idaho’s Opportunity Scholarship money this fall, up nearly 50 percent from a year ago. Some qualified students still are missing out.
It’s unclear how many “Dreamers” receive a share of the $20.5 million Idaho Opportunity Scholarship. But Hispanic students make up a relatively large share of scholarship recipients.
The House Education Committee didn’t talk about the K-12 funding formula rewrite — or Monday’s protest. And it’s unclear when the Senate will revisit the issue. Catch up on all the other Statehouse education news, including the latest on college scholarship funding.
In other news from the Statehouse, the House easily and quickly passes the seven public school budget bills.
More than 3,400 students are on a waiting list for an Idaho Opportunity Scholarship. Gov. Brad Little wants to spend an additional $7 million to cut into the backlog.
If state Opportunity Scholarship dollars do not materialize, the University of Idaho says it will make up the difference for 500 qualified students. The university’s potential risk hinges on how much money the Legislature puts into scholarships, President Chuck Staben said.