Existing Scholarships Considered For Ark. Lottery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - House Speaker Robbie Wills says crafters of the bill creating a lottery and scholarship program are focusing now on using the games' proceeds to fund existing scholarships, instead of creating a brand-new one.

Wills said yesterday that he hopes the lottery revenue can create bigger scholarships for a larger number of people.

He says lawmakers are looking at using lottery proceeds for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, the need-based Arkansas Higher Education Opportunities Grant and the merit-based Governor's Distinguished Scholarship - either one of the programs or a combination of them.

Wills says he hopes to release the scholarship portion of the lottery bill sometime next week.

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