Cutbacks Announced in Governor's Scholars Program

Frankfort, KY – The number of students participating in the Governor's Scholars
Program will be reduced this year, to save 300 thousand dollars
in the state budget. The program recognizes outstanding high
school students in Kentucky and has served one thousand
students per year in the past.

However, the names of 150 students have been trimmed
from the program. The cuts come two days after Kentucky
lawmakers adjourned the 2004 General Assembly without
solving a budget stalemate.

Governor Fletcher's original budget proposal only funded
850 students for the program. Members of the General
Assembly had restored funding for one thousand students
in the budget package that failed to pass this week.

The three hundred thousand dollar cut in the Governor's
Scholars program comes from a state budget which
totals 15 billion dollars.