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|Boland Proposes New Scholarship for College Students
|POSTED 5:55pm 4/20/09 A Quad Cities-area lawmaker went to Galesburg as part of his new role as Chair of the Illinois House's Higher Education Committee to tout an idea he has to help more Illinois students go to school, but got possibly a better idea.
East Moline State Representative Mike Boland toured Carl Sandburg College Monday afternoon, and talked about a plan he has to give students money for a year's worth of tuition at a community college if they maintain at least a "C" average through all of high school, and sign a pledge to avoid being arrested or suspended from school for abuse of drugs or alcohol.
Boland says given all the pressures today students have that weren't around when he was younger, this might very well be easier said than done. "This is a challenge to (students), no matter where, really," Boland said, "in a rural community, in smaller cities, the big cities, of course. There's tremendous temptations."
Carl Sandburg College President Tom Schmidt told Boland that while he likes the idea, there's one way it can be improved -- making some of that money available for students taking dual-credit courses. "Funding could be provided for that first year collegiate experience, while that student is still in high school," Schmidt said. "The State was providing a grant to the community colleges. And that grant, effective this budget year, was eliminated."
Boland says he likes that idea and would try to work something into the proposed "Challenge Scholarships" -- and will hopefully introduce it by August.
(State Rep. Mike Boland, right, speaks during an appearance at Carl Sandburg College Monday, while CSC President Tom Schmidt, left, listens. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|04 20 09 by Newsroom
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