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Scholarship amount up, eligibility requirements down

February 17, 2022 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The amount of a merit-based college scholarship in West Virginia is increasing while the eligibility requirements are decreasing, officials said.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved the changes for the Promise Scholarship for 2022 and 2023 graduates, WOWK-TV reported. Officials said they wanted to help more students qualify for scholarship money as they work to overcome academic challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.

The scholarship amount will be $5,000, up from $4,750, officials said. Students can qualify by scoring an ACT composite of 21 instead of 22 or by scoring an SAT composite score of 1,080 instead of 1,100.

“Students have been working so hard to stay on track for their futures, and we want to give them every opportunity to access the support they need to continue their education,” West Virginia’s Chancellor of Higher Education Sarah Armstrong Tucker said. “With these changes, we hope students and their families have greater peace of mind as they plan for college over the next couple years.”