Fight over lottery scholarship heats up

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The fight over how to save the lottery scholarship program is heating up in Santa Fe.

On Friday, a group of kids held a demonstration at the Rounhouse to protest some of the recommendations in front of the legislature.

Among them were bills that cap the scholarship amount, reduce the number of semesters the program funds, or increases the number of credit hours students need.

This group believes the answer is making the scholarship need based. Right now, any New Mexico high school graduate can get it.

“A lot of money is going to households above $50,000. This is very concerning to me and I am going to fight tooth and nail to make sure that this money is available to you,” said Sen. Michael Padilla.

The lottery scholarship fund is expected to run dry in just weeks.

Many lawmakers refused to support a need-based scholarship, saying it was designed to help all New Mexicans.

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