SALT LAKE CITY -- State standards for recipients of Regents and New Century scholarships will be raised if a local lawmaker's bill makes it into law.
Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, is sponsoring SB 100, which requires scholarship recipients to carry an active class load of at least 15 hours per semester and have a GPA of at least 3.33 in their second year in order maintain their Regents or New Century scholarship. The bill cleared a Senate committee Wednesday and now advances to the Senate for further consideration.
The committee gave a favorable recommendation to the changes despite vocal testimony from Ron Mortensen, of Citizens for Tax Fairness, who said gaps in the scholarship guidelines make it possible for illegal immigrants to tap into the scholarships, at the expense of legal residents.
Stevenson and other education officials deny Mortensen's allegation and said the guidelines require a student to be a state resident and to have completed high school in the Beehive State.