by Representative Dennis Keene (D-Wilder)
Since its beginning 14 years ago, the Kentucky Lottery has earned over $3.5 billion for Kentucky ‘s state treasury. Currently, Kentucky Lottery dividends support college grants and scholarships, childhood reading and adult literacy programs, and the State’s General Fund.
Lottery proceeds fund millions annually in state student financial aid awards, including the College Access Program (CAP) Grant, the Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG), the merit-based Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program and the KHEAA Teacher Scholarship. Most notable is the KEES program that is a merit–based scholarship given to Kentucky students based on their high school GPAs and ACT/SAT scores.
During Fiscal Year 2012, 766 grants and scholarships worth $1.3 million were awarded to students in House District 67. This is part of the 2,299 grants and scholarships worth $3.6 million in Campbell County awarded last year.
Colleges, universities and vocational schools also felt the impact of Lottery funds. Northern Kentucky University saw 4,763 grants and scholarships worth nearly $7 million used on its campus.
Prior to 1999, the Council on Postsecondary Education found the number of students attending college in Kentucky had remained flat for several years. Since the start of the Lottery funded scholarship and grant programs, college attendance in the Commonwealth has jumped more than 40%. At the same time, KEES data indicates more of Kentucky’s best and brightest students are staying in Kentucky to attend college.
Representative Dennis Keene has served the citizens of the 67th District since 2005 and is the chairman of the House Licensing and Occupations Committee, Vice Chairman of Economic Development, Vice Chairman on the Budget Subcommittee on Transportation and a member of the Banking & Insurance Committee. Keene is a small business owner and an economic development advisor for EGC Construction. For more information, visit: www.DennisKeene.com.