Tougher Standards For Lottery Scholarship Considered

A proposal to make it more difficult to obtain lottery scholarships is advancing in the House.

Students must currently have a grade point average of 3.0 or a score a 21 on the ACT to qualify for the $4,000 annual scholarship at four-year schools.

Under the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Harry Brooks of Knoxville, requirements would bump up to a 3.1 GPA or a 22 on the ACT for students graduating high school after June 30, 2014.

And in the following year, those standards would rise to a 3.25 GPA or a 23 on the ACT.

The measure advanced out of the House Education Committee on a voice vote Tuesday. Democrats on the panel said the move is unnecessary because there are ample lottery reserves.