Work ready scholarship bill passes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A bill that would make the state’s Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program part of state law was approved Thursday by the Kentucky House in an 85-0 vote.

The measure, known as Senate Bill 98, would codify the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program that has provided assistance for work certifications, associate’s degree work and high school students taking coursework designed to benefit the state’s top workforce sectors.

The scholarship program is currently administered by executive order of the governor.

SB 98 floor sponsor Rep. James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, said the expansion of the scholarship program to high school students allows them to take two courses each year of high school with state assistance.

A carryover in funding for the program from the previous budget cycle will cover program costs, Tipton told the House.

SB 98 was sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green. It now goes to the governor for his signature.

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