CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A deadline for West Virginia students to apply for a merit-based college scholarship this fall has been extended following a statewide teacher strike.

The Higher Education Policy Commission says the deadline for the PROMISE scholarship has been pushed back to March 30. The original application deadline was March 1.

In a news release, commission Chancellor Paul Hill says the teacher work stoppage prevented some students from completing the application because schools were closed and they did not have access to high school counselors.

The PROMISE scholarship pays up to $4,750 for tuition and mandatory fees for any in-state student who meets grade and college entrance exam requirements.