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Over 700 Arkansas lottery scholarships blown this year

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Politicians are talking about blown scholarships in Arkansas this year. 734 Arkansas college students lost their lottery scholarships because they did not earn academic credit last semester.

That means more than 700 students weren't prepared or found other options after classes started.

If there is concern that students were taking scholarship money and never showing up for class, surely legislators must be talking to universities and colleges about amending constitutions to eliminate the possibility.

Student loan payments split in allotted pay periods for students makes sense. It’s not that every student who borrows or wins financial scholarships takes the lump sum and skips school altogether.

Crises may come, cars get stolen, break down, and huge repair costs loom. That’s life which comes with its share of obstacles. The list of dramatic life events only changes with economic seasons. A decade ago, women and men were unable to use scholarships because the country was deployed for war.

Now is one of the opportunities the state lottery scholarship commission has to build the veteran population into a strong, intellectual and artistic community. Four year college degrees confer upon its graduates an appreciation of the humanities with hopes that its students are brave enough to go and build the communities of their dreams.

Whatever the reasons 734 did not make good on their scholarships this year should not be as big of a concern as finding newer homes for those scholarships. The list of scholars needed to fill spaces in Arkansas college classrooms can never be too long.

Once a student is in a college or university, it is devastating to discover that her or she can’t make it, or is unwilling, if not unable, to work for what so many others have accomplished. Pride often falls in college because it is a place of learning. Sometimes, community colleges may be a good starting point before students who are unsure of their career direction and ambitions can get a taste of the many fields of studied offered in colleges and universities accredited approved by the US Dept of Education.

Success means good grades. Good grades are B's and higher. Jay-Z has scholarships for students who don't have high GPAs, but ordinarily good grades enable students to transition smoothly from undergrad degrees into higher fields of study.

Most parents want their children to professionally build peer circles alongside the vision their children have of themselves as high school students.

The lost scholarships are students who may one day return to college. When they do, they will arrive prepared, armed with faith that a degree is an attainable routine exercise in the long list of life's accomplishments.

These students then become the nation’s best students.



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