Lawmakers Hope to Extend Nevada Scholarships

State lawmakers are wondering how to stretch the life of the Millennium Scholarship, which is credited with boosting the number of Nevada college students but is running dry.

In his State of the State address, Governor Jim Gibbons proposed
pouring another 2.8 million dollars a year into the program. He also stressed the need to tighten eligibility requirements to stretch Millennium dollars.

Several lawmakers have bill drafts to do just that. One of the more controversial proposals would limit the scholarships to students going into fields that meet the state's workforce needs.

The scholarships were designed to help Nevada retain and support the best and brightest youth, and increase the number of Nevadans going to college. Since it was created in 2000, it has assisted more than 40,000 students.

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