Fewer Than Half Of 2004 Freshman Kept Scholarships

Chattanooga (AP) -- A new report from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission shows fewer than half of the 2004 college freshmen who had lottery-funded scholarships managed to keep them for two years.

By last fall, 64 percent of those who got scholarships two years ago had lost them.

THEC official David Wright says the numbers aren't surprising and are similar to those in other states with lottery-funded scholarships.

State Representative Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga says he wants more people to retain the scholarships, but says the students are responsible for keeping them by keeping their grades up.

The Republican lawmaker says the scholarships are "not a giveaway," but must be earned.

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