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Some legislators consider hiking Hathaway Scholarship to keep up with costs


CHEYENNE, Wyoming — The state of Wyoming's Hathaway Scholarship program isn't keeping up with rising costs of attending the University of Wyoming or the state's community colleges.

The state started the Hathaway Scholarship program in 2005 to assist qualifying Wyoming high school graduates.

The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports ( that some state lawmakers are considering whether the state should act in the legislative session that starts Jan. 13 to increase awards under the program.

Other lawmakers say the best time for approving an increase in scholarships may be during next year's budget session. The Legislature last year approved a 5-percent increase.

Education Committee co-Chairman Sen. Hank Coe is a Cody Republican. He says he may support legislative action approving another 5-percent increase, but wouldn't favor making future increases automatic as tuition costs rise.

Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle,

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