Budget Reduces Scholarship

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Gov. Jennifer Granholm's budget proposal will cut the Merit Scholarship, given for performing well on the MEAP test, from $2,500 to $500.

Some school officials feel that less incentive to take the test will mean students won't take the test seriously. Schools are judged by their performance on the MEAP.

Lansing School District spokesperson Mark Mayes says private companies and individuals have stepped to help before. He adds that students may just have to work harder in order to gain opportunities into college.

Merit Scholarship winners say the money can be used for tuition, books, and other college fees. They say $500 is money that can be used wisely, but it doesn't go as far as $2,500.

School officials say they hope if schools take the MEAP seriously, than it will translate into students following suit.