SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Few South Dakota teenagers are cashing in on a program that offers $1,800 scholarships to students who graduate high school a year early.
The Argus Leader reports (http://argusne.ws/RBmoKn ) that only 15 teens have taken advantage of the Jump Start Scholarship program in its first two years. Fort Pierre legislator Tad Perry estimated that 25-50 students per year would take advantage when he sponsored the 2011 bill creating the program.
Perry thinks not enough students know about the opportunity. Board of Regents vice president Paul Turman says it's probably too soon to gauge the success of the program because students have to plan ahead to graduate early.
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