Tennessee bill would give lottery scholarships to veterans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Honorably discharged Iraq and Afghanistan veterans could use lottery funds to attend college under legislation advancing in the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Democrats Jim Kyle of Memphis and Joe Haynes of Goodlettsville was among bills that passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

The so-called "Helping Heroes Grant" would take a one-time amount of $25 million from lottery reserves and place it in an endowment.

Interest would then be used to fund grants up to $8,000 for four years at an institution of higher learning.

According to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the state has more than $400 million in lottery reserves.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Knox Mom Location: Knox on Apr 9, 2008 at 02:40 PM
    YEA, finally something good coming out of Jamie Woodson's committee. This is great news. Please go to www.legislature.state.tn.us Then click on Senate on the left hand side, from there you can click on members (still on the left hand side) and a listing of all senators will come up. You can e-mail each one through that web page. Please, if you have the time and if you feel this is a good thing, e-mail your (or all) senators and let them know how you feel.

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