1.)Do you think that increases in GPA and Course load requirements will solve the insolvency of the Lottery Scholarship?
I do not think that increases in GPA and Course load requirements will solve the insolvency of the Lottery Scholarship. I feel that it takes away the opportunities of students who have performed poorly in high school due to financial or environmental constraints. The lottery scholarship gives these the students who honestly desire a better future and are ready to commit to higher education a chance to turn their lives around. These requirements are going to take that away and rob them of a better future, causing a further divide in our society and no guaranteed results that these requirements will actually increase graduation rates and raise the University’s education status.
2.)If the poor, working-class, and minority communities buy the majority of Lottery tickets in the state, do you think that these communities should be the greatest beneficiaries of the Lottery educational funds?
Yes! This will drive lottery tickets sales. One of the incentives why people from these communities buy the tickets is because the lottery scholarship is beneficial for their children where it would be impossible for them to pay out of pocket. Taking this away is going to drive down sales and could possibly cause the scholarship ending all together. These communities need to feel cared for and have their needs addressed not forgotten.
3.)How would you solve the Lottery scholarship dilemma? What would you propose to our legislators?
Perhaps set up a system where prospective applicants can submit a letter of intent on why they want to pursue higher education and base it off of that like any other scholarship. Keep the requirements the same and distribute the reward based on the students desire to make a change for their future and their passion for learning.
4.)If you knew without a doubt that low-income and minority communities would be most impacted by increases in GPA and/or course load requirements, would you endorse these changes as a solution to the Lottery Scholarship dilemma?
NO, I definitely would not support these changes as a solution. It is unfair, unjust, and sets back the movement for education and economic equity. It does not make sense that the communities who can afford college or are eligible for several other scholarships benefit the most from the Scholarship that is mainly supported by the working-class communities who need it the most.