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Promise Scholarship Applications Available Beginning Monday

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High school graduates can begin applying for West Virginia's merit-based Promise Scholarship on Monday.

Applications will be available until March 1.

The scholarship pays up to $4,750 for college tuition and mandatory fees for in-state students who maintained at least a 3.0 grade average in high school. To be eligible, students also must have scored a composite 22 on the ACT or a combined 1020 score on the SAT college entrance exams.

Higher Education Policy Commission director of financial aid Brian Weingart says students should apply for the Promise Scholarship even if they don't think they're eligible.

Weingart tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that eligible students who don't meet the deadlines for the fall semester can still receive the scholarship. But they won't receive the awards until the spring semester.

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