Work Ready Scholarship bill wins final passage

Senate Majority Whip Mike Wilson

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A bill that would make the state’s Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program part of state law received final passage yesterday in the Kentucky House by a vote of 85-0.

Senate Bill 98, sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, would codify the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program that has provided assistance for work certifications, associate’s degree work and, more recently, high school students taking coursework designed to benefit the state’s top workforce sectors.

The scholarship program is currently administered by executive order of the governor.

SB 98 floor sponsor Rep. James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, said the expansion of the scholarship program to high school students allows them to take two courses each year of high school with state assistance.

A carryover in funding for the program from the previous budget cycle will cover program costs, Tipton told the House.

“We are not allocating any new money with the passing of this legislation. The funds are already there,” he said.

SB 98 now goes to the governor for his signature.

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