West Virginia offers in-state college scholarship to students with a B average or better and good ACT scores; they must maintain a B average in college. The goal is to keep smart students at home. But a Marshall University study of the first college graduating class found 97 percent would have attended college without state aid; most would have studied in West Virginia. Half the ’06 graduates plan to work outside the state, saying they can’t find opportunities in West Virginia.
The state now funds 10,000 scholarships; legislators are afraid the program will become a financial burden without increasing the educational level of young adults.