Arkansas Concurrent Challenge Scholarship funded by excess lottery proceeds

April 5, 2019

Leaders from Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and ForwARd Arkansas gathered Friday to celebrate a law established to fund scholarships that encourage high school students to obtain college and career training credits.

Act 456, the Arkansas Concurrent Challenge Scholarship, Co-sponsored by Sen. James Sturch (R-19) will use excess Arkansas Lottery proceeds to fund scholarships.

“The passage of the concurrent credit scholarship was vitally important for students across our state to access the same opportunities,” said Sen. Sturch.

“It will ultimately standardize what courses are taught, how they’re delivered and how much they cost.”

The scholarship was inspired by an initiative “Independence Promise” created in Independence County and funded locally by generous donors and businesses last year.

“Independence Promise” was created as a part of IMPACT Independence County strategic community plan.

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