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Education Panel Okays Coal Scholarships


The House Education Committee today approved a bill that makes permanent and expands a college scholarship program for students from Kentucky’s coal counties. House Speaker Greg Stumbo is the sponsor of the measure.
The Floyd County Democrat says it makes available money from coal severance taxes to be used by students from the state’s eastern and western coal fields to attend college at public or private schools. Too many young people, he argues, lack accessibility to a four-year state university…
Stumbo says a pilot project started by Governor Beshear has already helped more than 400 students attend college by offering scholarships averaging about 27-hundred dollars each.