By Becky Bohrer
The Associated Press
12:42 PM AKDT, August 10, 2011
The state expects to award about $4 million in merit scholarships to Alaska students this year.
Preliminary figures, released by the governor's office Wednesday, showed at least 2,337 high school graduates qualified for scholarships and most of the graduates, about 75 percent, actually applied for their scholarships by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. That's the form that students need to complete if they're seeking financial aid for college.
The scholarships, a pet project of the governor, can only be used at Alaska schools.
Rebekah Smith, of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, said qualified students have six years in which to use their four years of state aid. The scholarship program provides students with up to $4,755 a year toward their college or career and technical educations.
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