By Becky Bohrer
The Associated Press
4:13 PM AKST, January 28, 2013
The state has paid nearly $8.7 million in student scholarships under a program championed by Gov. Sean Parnell as a way to transform Alaska's education system.
A new report shows about 1,900 students have received Alaska Performance scholarships over the past two years. The report states that college freshman who received scholarships, on average, took fewer remedial course hours and more total hours than other freshmen in the University of Alaska system. More than 2,700 students who graduated high school in 2011 or 2012 remain eligible for aid.
Scholarship awards must be used at colleges or career and technical institutes in Alaska. The vast majority of scholarship recipients thus far have attended schools within the university system.
The program was created in 2010 but first funded in 2011.