Lawmakers Approve $2M for Higher Education

Published 04/18 2014 06:16PM

Updated 04/18 2014 06:23PM

LITTLE ROCK, AR - It's the most prestigious college scholarship the state awards, and this year, more seniors than ever have qualified.

The Governor's distinguished scholarship requires a 3.5 GPA and at least a 32 ACT.

For the first time ever, more than 500 students statewide qualified, prompting lawmakers to approve an additional $2M to fund the scholarships.

Good news for one Maumelle High Senior.

"It's awesome. Throughout a lot of high school experience I've kind of felt like that I've been doing my work but nobody else was really helping me to get there because it is a struggle to get to college, it's a lot of work. And it's good to know there's somebody out there that kind of has you're back and they'll say, if you put in the work, we'll give you a reward for it," says Walker Culp.

The scholarship comes in at $40,000 over 4-years.

The program is designed to incentivize graduating seniors to stay in Arkansas for college.

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