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Lawmakers hanging onto their Tulane scholarships

2 years 3 weeks 1 day ago April 11, 2014 Apr 11, 2014 Friday, April 11 2014 Friday, April 11, 2014 9:29:02 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers aren't giving up the Tulane University scholarships they get to dole out each year. But they might be willing to tweak who can receive them, in hopes of easing criticism of the program.

Proposals to end legislative awarding of scholarships to the pricey private school have been jettisoned for the regular session.

Lawmakers now are considering adding more transparency - and limits - to the scholarship awards. At least one such bill has advanced out of a House committee, while another is awaiting decision in a Senate committee.

The Tulane scholarship program, which dates back to the 1880s, lets each lawmaker give one student annually a scholarship to the university. The program has been controversial because of concerns the awards can go to the politically-connected and campaign contributors.

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