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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 4, 2014 10:47 AM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Establishment of an Academic Excellence Scholarship Program
In the near future, I intend to reintroduce legislation to establish an academic excellence scholarship program.

This bill provides financial incentives for high-school students to attend college and stay in Pennsylvania once they’ve graduated.

It authorizes PHEAA to provide $5,000 grants to students that have demonstrated academic excellence. To qualify, students must:

- Be Pennsylvania residents
- Graduate in the top 5 percent of their high-school class
- Score at least a 2130 on their SATs, and
- Agree to work in Pennsylvania for at least 2 years after graduation.

If students earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the end of each academic year, they may continue to apply for grants for a maximum of 4 consecutive academic years.

I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor. This is a reintroduction of SB 747 from the previous legislative session. Co-sponsors included: COSTA, TARTAGLIONE, BROWNE, FONTANA, TEPLITZ, STACK, FARNESE, BREWSTER, and RAFFERTY.

Introduced as SB109