After Veto, Bevin Creates College Scholarship Program


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has created a scholarship program for Kentucky high school students after vetoing a similar proposal earlier this year.

Media outlets report the governor signed an executive order this week that will pay the tuition for Kentucky high school graduates seeking two-year degrees in one of five fields. The state legislature earlier had passed a law offering community college scholarships to all Kentucky high school graduates. But Bevin vetoed that proposal, opting to create his own program.

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Bevin’s program will offer scholarships to students seeking degrees in health care, transportation and logistics, advanced manufacturing, business services and information technology and construction. The legislature set aside $15.7 million for the program. Bevin classified those fields as “high demand workforce sectors” and said they could change over time.