Posted: Jan 19, 2011 6:15 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Jan 19, 2011 6:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal is calling on state lawmakers to support a move protecting the TOPS scholarship program.
The program covers tuition for many students at public colleges and universities. Governor Jindal wants to shift a portion of the money from the state's tobacco settlement to cover the costs.
Jindal says the plan would protect $43 million dollars used for the program.
Some students the TOPS program is the only reason they decided to stay in state for college. Others say the program helps them stay focused on school in order to meet certain performance guidelines.
Students receiving TOPS have a much higher graduation rate than students not in the program.