|House Speaker Bob Kiss says the appointed board that oversees the PROMISE scholarship program is not doing its job.|
Because of budgeted money, the board voted last fall to recommend partial scholarships instead of paying full tuition for scholarship recipients at public colleges and universities in West Virginia.
Kiss says the board was under direct instructions in legislation to change qualifications to stay within its budget.
He says they have not done that.
That would mean ratcheting up the ACT or the grade point criteria and awarding full scholarships to those then qualify.
The House and Senate education chairmen have said the scholarship program's basic design shouldn't be tampered with because the program is still in its infancy.
The merit-based scholarship provide in-state tuition regardless of family income, which some oppose.
Students now must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in high school and earn a composite score of 21 on the ACT college entrance exam, or a combined score of one thousand on the SAT.
PROMISE also requires a minimum ACT score of 20 in reading, math, science and English, and SAT scores of at least a 490 in verbal and a 480 in math.