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(a) There is created the Hathaway scholarship program for Wyoming students.
(b) Under the Hathaway scholarship program, subject to availability of funds as determined by the legislature, the state shall provide a scholarship pursuant to W.S. 21-16-1304 and 21-16-1305 to any student who has been accepted by and enrolls in an eligible institution to pursue a degree or certificate, and who meets the following qualifications:
(i) The student has demonstrated Wyoming residency as determined by the eligible institution at which the student is enrolled;
(ii) The student has successfully completed a curriculum as established under W.S. 21-16-1307 and meets standards for admission to the eligible institution;
(iii) The student has:
(A) Graduated from an eligible high school or is otherwise eligible under rules promulgated pursuant to W.S. 21-16-1308(b)(iii) and (iv). The department shall by rule and regulation establish exceptions to the requirements of this subparagraph for students who have attended an eligible high school in Wyoming, but who subsequently graduate from a secondary educational institution in another state or a foreign country that is the equivalent of a high school. An exception under this subparagraph shall be granted only if:
(I) The student's custodial parent or lawful guardian is a Wyoming resident at the time of application for a scholarship under this article and was a Wyoming resident during the student's attendance at the eligible high school;
(II) The student's absence from this state was due to the custodial parent's or lawful guardian's employment requirements or was necessitated by other conditions beyond the reasonable control of the parent or guardian; and
(III) Neither the student nor the student's custodial parent or lawful guardian claimed residency in any other state or foreign country for any purpose during the student's high school attendance.
(B) Applied for a scholarship under this article within four (4) years of the date of high school graduation, or is otherwise eligible under rules promulgated pursuant to W.S. 21-16-1308(b)(iii) and (iv). The department shall by rule and regulation establish exceptions to the requirement of this subparagraph for military service, religious service and other good cause shown; and
(C) The minimum high school cumulative grade point average and minimum score, as determined through an equi-percentile linking method, on a college entrance examination administered throughout the United States and relied upon by institutions of higher education to determine acceptance of students for attendance or minimum cumulative career-technical aptitude assessment score specified under this article for the type of scholarship to be awarded.
(c) Notwithstanding W.S. 21-16-1301(a)(viii), students who are Wyoming residents and graduates of an out-of-state high school shall be deemed to have graduated from an eligible high school for the purpose of qualifying under this article. Notwithstanding W.S. 21-16-1301(a)(viii) or paragraph (b)(i) of this section, a student whose custodial parent or guardian is in active military service and maintains Wyoming as that parent's or guardian's state of domicile is deemed to be a Wyoming resident and if a high school graduate of a high school outside of Wyoming accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency shall be deemed to have graduated from an eligible high school for the purpose of qualifying under this article.
(d) No student shall be eligible for a scholarship under this article for more than the equivalent of eight (8) full-time semesters. Except as provided by subsection (f) of this section, no student shall be eligible for a scholarship under this article for any semesters commencing after six (6) academic years following the student's initial eligibility. For purposes of this subsection a student's initial eligibility shall be deemed to commence with the first semester in which the state is obligated to reimburse an eligible institution for the student's scholarship under this article. The department shall by rule and regulation establish exceptions to this subsection for military service, religious service and other good cause shown.
(e) A student is not eligible for a scholarship under this article if he:
(i) Is not a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien who meets the definition of an eligible noncitizen under federal Title IV requirements or requirements of a subsequent similar federal enactment;
(ii) Has not complied with United States selective service system requirements for registration, if the requirements are applicable to the student;
(iii) Is in default on a federal Title IV education loan. Nothing in this paragraph prohibits a student who is otherwise eligible for a scholarship under this article and has fully repaid a defaulted loan or is no longer in default, from receiving a scholarship for future academic semesters;
(iv) Owes a refund under a federal Title IV student financial aid program or a subsequently enacted similar federal student financial aid program, or a student financial aid program administered through the state. Nothing in this paragraph prohibits a student who is otherwise eligible for a scholarship under this article and has fully paid the refund owed, from receiving a scholarship for future academic semesters;
(v) Is incarcerated;
(vi) Has been convicted of a felony in this state or another jurisdiction and has not been granted an exception by the department of education as provided for in W.S. 21-16-1308(b)(v); or
(vii) Does not otherwise qualify under this article for a scholarship.
(f) Students meeting the requirements of this subsection shall not be subject to the six (6) academic year limitation on scholarships under this article, the satisfactory academic progress requirements of W.S. 21-16-1304(c)(i) and 21-16-1305(b)(i) or the continuous enrollment requirements of W.S. 21-16-1304(c)(ii) and 21-16-1305(b)(ii), but shall be subject to the following:
(i) Have been initially eligible for and received a Hathaway scholarship;
(ii) Have received an associate of applied science degree from an eligible institution;
(iii) Have engaged in a vocation related to the associate of applied science degree after initially receiving a Hathaway scholarship;
(iv) Within the earlier of eight (8) years of initial Hathaway scholarship eligibility or four (4) years of last attending an eligible institution while receiving a Hathaway scholarship, have enrolled at the University of Wyoming or a Wyoming community college to complete a baccalaureate of applied science degree and have applied for reinstatement of the student's Hathaway scholarship;
(v) Upon application for reinstatement of the Hathaway scholarship, be subject to the maintenance grade point average and other eligibility requirements under this article;
(vi) Upon reinstatement of eligibility, be subject to the satisfactory academic progress requirements of W.S. 21-16-1304(c)(i) and 21-16-1305(b)(i) and the continuous enrollment requirements of W.S. 21-16-1304(c)(ii) and 21-16-1305(b)(ii);
(vii) Not have received a Hathaway scholarship for more than the equivalent of four (4) full-time semesters; and
(viii) Not be eligible for a scholarship under this article:
(A) For more than a total of the equivalent of eight (8) full-time semesters; nor
(B) For any semesters commencing after ten (10) academic years following the student's initial eligibility.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Wyoming Statutes Title 21. Education § 21-16-1303. Hathaway scholarship program; eligibility requirements - last updated December 01, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/wy/title-21-education/wy-st-sect-21-16-1303.html
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