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Proposal would end ACT-only path to scholarships

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By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A special legislative panel is considering a proposal that would end high school graduates' ability to qualify for Tennessee lottery scholarships through their ACT score alone.

The Senate Lottery Stabilization Task Force met for the first time Monday. Its members have been assigned by Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville to find ways to stem losses in the scholarship fund's reserves.

Students must currently earn either a 3.0 grade point average or score a 21 on their ACT to qualify for a scholarship worth $4,000 at 4-year schools.

David Wright, who heads the Tennessee Higher Education Commission's policy and planning division, told the panel that without any changes, the lottery's reserves would be depleted by 2024.

Wright projected that ending the ACT-only path would save $24 million.

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