Gov. Martinez signs Lottery Scholarship bill

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Governor Susana Martinez signed a bill today that shores up the state Lottery Scholarship Program.

Lawmakers passed the bipartisan compromise just minutes before the session ended last month.

The bill and the budget earmark an extra $22.5 million for the fund this school year and next.

It also takes a big chunk of liquor taxes and uses them to pay for scholarships in the future.

The scholarship will now be offered for seven semesters, not eight.

And students at four year universities will have to take at least 15 credit hours to qualify, instead of the current twelve. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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