A Charleston Gazette story says children from wealthier counties are more likely to have the high grades and test scores to qualify for a PROMISE scholarship, with the poorest counties numbers being reversed. That might not be true for Calhoun, which is listed as one of the poorest counties.

Calhoun High School counselor Debra Cunningham says she is pleased so far with the interest in the scholarships in the current 104 member senior class.

Cunningham said 17 students had completed their applications, but 13 other students have been given time to take the ACT, and they may also be eligible.

"Some of these students did not realize the importance of the ACT test, which requires students to score 21 or better. They must also have maintained a "B" average.

"If those kids qualify, we could have 30 kids for PROMISE," said Cunningham. Others opted not to apply because the PROMISE scholarship would be in conflict with other scholarships they are seeking.

The final date for filing is February 28.

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