---- — CONCORD (AP) — The Senate is using a parliamentary procedure to keep alive a bill creating a merit-based scholarship fund to help New Hampshire residents access the state’s higher education system.
Salem Republican Chuck Morse said Thursday the fund would encourage New Hampshire’s best students to stay in-state. Residents who qualify for in-state tuition and have a 3.0 grade-point average would be eligible for scholarships. The money would be awarded directly to students and could be used to attend schools in the university or community college system.
The House put money in its budget for a need-based scholarship program, setting up a showdown between the two during the budgeting process. Morse said both could be funded if the House passes the Senate gambling bill which sets aside money for higher education.