Wyo Senate debates Hathaway changes

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate is debating a bill that would change Hathaway college scholarship requirements. The most significant change would come in the upper levels of the award.

Students who qualify for the most money would be required to take two years of a foreign language and two years of either vocational education or fine and performing arts. The House version of the bill said that students would no longer be required to take a foreign language.

Senator Chris Rothfuss of Laramie explained that the Senate Education Committee believes that stronger requirements will help students succeed in college. "We have a pretty significant failure rate in terms of people losing their scholarship in their first year," he said. "And we as a committee felt that this might be something that could strengthen the rigor and help to keep those people getting those two levels of rigor in college and with that scholarship."

Senator Hank Coe says there is a lot of support for the Senate version of the bill within Wyoming's education community. Senators who represent smaller districts have said they fear that their schools might have a difficult time meeting the requirements. The bill will be debated two more times.