Education Committee Votes Down GPA-Based Incentives For Hathaway Scholarship
Written by jordanmckamey on November 18, 2019
The Casper Star Tribune reports State legislators on the Joint Education Interim Committee turned down a bill last Thursday that would have let college students receive more Hathaway Scholarship money if they reached certain GPA benchmarks.
The bill, which failed by a 8-5 vote during the committee’s meeting in Cheyenne, would have given students the ability to boost their scholarship funding if the student maintains a 3.75 GPA for two consecutive semesters. The Hathaway Scholarship program can be used at the University of Wyoming or any community college in the state.
The bill would have increased the amount given out through the scholarships by about $3.6 million annually, according to Legislative Service Office estimates.
While money is there to cover the increase–multiple representatives felt it sent the wrong message. Concerns ranged from the worries that GPA-based incentives would be unfair to students earning certain degrees–to students dropping more difficult classes in order to meet the GPA threshold for the scholarship program.
A similar bill failed in the House last session.