Scholarship forms rolling in for Arkansas lottery cash

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - State officials expect to start notifying high school seniors next week on whether they qualified for Arkansas lottery-funded scholarships.

Higher Education Department officials said Thursday that more than 40,000 applications for the scholarships were submitted, though not everyone will have the grades or test scores to qualify. The deadline to apply is June 1.

The lottery has set a goal of devoting at least $116 million to scholarships, and funding 28,000 of the awards. The scholarships for 4-year schools are $5,000, with students at community colleges getting $2,500.

Though the first scholarships are to be awarded this month, some non-traditional students could receive word on whether they qualify as late as early July.

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