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S1094.................................................by HEALTH AND WELFARE SCHOLARSHIPS - Amends existing law to create the "Idaho Health Sciences Scholarship." 02/04 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/07 Rpt prt - to Educ 02/18 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 02/21 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 02/23 3rd rdg - PASSED - 17-14-4 AYES -- Andreason, Broadsword, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron, Coiner, Compton, Darrington, Goedde, Jorgenson, Lodge, McGee, McKenzie, Richardson, Schroeder, Sweet, Williams NAYS -- Corder, Davis, Geddes, Hill, Kelly, Keough, Langhorst, Little, Malepeai, Marley, Pearce, Stegner, Stennett, Werk Absent and excused -- Brandt, Burkett, Gannon, Noble Floor Sponsor - Darrington Title apvd - to House 02/24 House intro - 1st rdg - to W/M
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-eighth Legislature First Regular Session - 2005 IN THE SENATE SENATE BILL NO. 1094 BY HEALTH AND WELFARE COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO SCHOLARSHIPS; AMENDING CHAPTER 43, TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, BY THE 3 ADDITION OF NEW SECTIONS 33-4316, 33-4317, 33-4318, 33-4319, 33-4320, 4 33-4321, 33-4322, 33-4323, 33-4324, 33-4325 AND 33-4326, IDAHO CODE, TO 5 PROVIDE A SHORT TITLE, TO PROVIDE PURPOSES OF THE ACT, TO PROVIDE LEGISLA- 6 TIVE INTENT, TO PROVIDE DEFINITIONS, TO PROVIDE ELIGIBILITY, MAXIMUM 7 AMOUNTS AND CONDITIONS FOR AN IDAHO HEALTH SCIENCES SCHOLARSHIP, TO PRO- 8 VIDE FOR THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS IN ANY GIVEN FISCAL YEAR, TO 9 PROVIDE FOR INELIGIBILITY UPON DISCONTINUED ATTENDANCE OR CHANGE OF MAJOR, 10 TO PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION IN AWARDING SCHOLARSHIPS, TO PROVIDE DUTIES OF 11 ELIGIBLE POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS, TO DESIGNATE THE STATE BOARD OF EDU- 12 CATION AND THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO AS THE ADMINIS- 13 TRATIVE AGENCY AND TO PROVIDE DUTIES OF THE BOARD. 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 15 SECTION 1. That Chapter 43, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 16 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 17 ignated as Section 33-4316, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 18 33-4316. SHORT TITLE. This act shall be known and cited as the "Idaho 19 Health Sciences Scholarship Act of 2005." The scholarship program provided for 20 in this act shall be known and cited as the "Idaho Health Sciences Scholar- 21 ship." 22 SECTION 2. That Chapter 43, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 23 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 24 ignated as Section 33-4317, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 25 33-4317. PURPOSES. The purpose of this act is to: 26 (1) Establish a merit-based state scholarship for eligible students who 27 are pursuing a postsecondary degree, certificate or diploma in human health 28 sciences at eligible postsecondary institutions; 29 (2) Provide eligible postsecondary institutions a tool to improve the 30 recruitment and retention of eligible Idaho students who are pursuing a post- 31 secondary degree, certificate or diploma in human health sciences; and 32 (3) Encourage scholarship recipients to pursue careers in human health 33 professions in Idaho upon graduation. 34 SECTION 3. That Chapter 43, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 35 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 36 ignated as Section 33-4318, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 37 33-4318. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. It is the intent of the legislature in 38 enacting this act, sections 33-4316 through 33-4326, Idaho Code, that the 39 Idaho health sciences scholarship shall be funded, subject to appropriation, 2 1 from the Idaho millennium income fund. 2 SECTION 4. That Chapter 43, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 3 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 4 ignated as Section 33-4319, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 5 33-4319. DEFINITIONS. As used in this act: 6 (1) "Cumulative grade point average" means the cumulative average of 7 grade points earned by a student for all postsecondary courses taken, calcu- 8 lated on a four (4.0) point scale where a grade of "A" equals four (4.0) 9 points, a grade of "B" equals three (3.0) points, a grade of "C" equals two 10 (2.0) points, a grade of "D" equals one (1.0) point and a grade of "F" equals 11 zero (0.0) points. 12 (2) "Educational costs" means costs for student fees or tuition, related 13 costs for room, board, books and commuting, and such other expenses reasonably 14 related to attendance at an eligible postsecondary institution as may be 15 approved by the state board of education and the board of regents of the uni- 16 versity of Idaho. 17 (3) "Educational year" means the period from July 1 of a year through 18 June 30 of the succeeding year. 19 (4) "Eligible major" means the basic curriculum of an undergraduate, 20 associate, or professional-technical human health sciences education program 21 at an eligible postsecondary institution as defined under rules established by 22 the state board of education and the board of regents of the university of 23 Idaho. 24 (5) "Eligible postsecondary institution" means a public postsecondary 25 educational institution in the state of Idaho governed or supervised by the 26 state board of education, the board of regents of the university of Idaho, a 27 board of trustees of a community college established pursuant to the provi- 28 sions of section 33-2106, Idaho Code, or the state board for professional- 29 technical education. 30 (6) "Eligible student" means a student who meets all of the following 31 requirements: 32 (a) Is a resident student as defined in section 33-2110B or 33-3717, 33 Idaho Code; 34 (b) Is matriculated on a full-time basis in an eligible major at an eli- 35 gible postsecondary institution; 36 (c) Is either: (i) an undergraduate student in his junior year of study 37 or has otherwise completed a minimum of forty-eight (48) credit hours 38 toward a human health sciences education program; or (ii) a student in an 39 academic associate degree program who has completed the first semester of 40 his human health sciences degree program; or (iii) a professional- 41 technical student who has completed the first semester of his human health 42 sciences degree program; and 43 (d) Has achieved and maintained at least a three (3.0) point cumulative 44 grade point average at an eligible postsecondary institution. 45 (7) "Full-time basis" means enrolling in twelve (12) credit hours per 46 semester, or equivalent time period, at an eligible postsecondary institution, 47 and assessed the student fees and tuition normally charged for full-time study 48 by that institution. 49 SECTION 5. That Chapter 43, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 50 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 51 ignated as Section 33-4320, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 3 1 33-4320. ELIGIBILITY -- MAXIMUM AMOUNTS -- CONDITIONS. (1) The scholar- 2 ship for eligible students is as follows: 3 (a) The scholarship payment to an eligible student per educational year 4 shall be an amount, not in excess of one thousand two hundred dollars 5 ($1,200), determined annually by the state board of education and the 6 board of regents of the university of Idaho. Provided however, that the 7 state board of education and the board of regents of the university of 8 Idaho may increase the maximum scholarship amount per educational year by 9 a percentage not in excess of the average percentage of student fee 10 increases at the eligible postsecondary institutions. 11 (b) Scholarship payments shall be dispersed once per academic term, 12 semester, quarter or equivalent time period. 13 (c) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 33-4319(7), Idaho Code, 14 students who are enrolled in less than twelve (12) credit hours as a 15 result of their participation in a clinical practicum for which they 16 receive zero (0) credit hours and which is required as a part of their 17 human health sciences program curriculum shall be eligible for this schol- 18 arship. Provided however, that the scholarship payment shall be reduced in 19 proportion to the number of credit hours in which the student is actually 20 enrolled. 21 (2) Scholarships are renewable when the following requirements are met: 22 (a) An eligible student engaged in a baccalaureate program shall be eli- 23 gible for this scholarship for a cumulative period not to exceed four (4) 24 academic semesters. 25 (b) An eligible student engaged in an associate degree program shall be 26 eligible for this scholarship for a cumulative period not to exceed three 27 (3) academic semesters. 28 (c) An eligible student engaged in a professional-technical program shall 29 be eligible for this scholarship for a cumulative period not to exceed 30 four (4) academic semesters. 31 (3) Undergraduate and professional-technical students are eligible to 32 receive this scholarship from one (1) eligible postsecondary institution. Once 33 an undergraduate or professional-technical student accepts this scholarship at 34 an eligible postsecondary institution, he shall not be eligible for this 35 scholarship at another eligible postsecondary institution. 36 (4) Students who transfer from one of Idaho's community colleges upon 37 completion of an associate degree program to an eligible postsecondary insti- 38 tution for the purpose of enrolling in a baccalaureate human health sciences 39 program are eligible for this scholarship at the discretion of the participat- 40 ing institutions. 41 (5) Scholarship recipients who fail to comply with the provisions of this 42 act shall be forever barred from future consideration for this scholarship. 43 SECTION 6. That Chapter 43, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 44 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 45 ignated as Section 33-4321, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 46 33-4321. MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS. The maximum number of scholar- 47 ships in any given fiscal year shall be the amount of the fiscal year appro- 48 priation for this scholarship divided by the amount of the scholarship payment 49 as determined annually by the state board of education. 50 SECTION 7. That Chapter 43, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 51 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 52 ignated as Section 33-4322, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 4 1 33-4322. INELIGIBILITY UPON DISCONTINUED ATTENDANCE OR CHANGE OF MAJOR. 2 If a student discontinues attendance or changes to an ineligible major before 3 the end of any semester or equivalent time period covered by this scholarship 4 after receiving payment under this act, the student shall be ineligible for 5 this scholarship for the next semester or equivalent time period in which the 6 student matriculates and would otherwise be eligible. 7 SECTION 8. That Chapter 43, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 8 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 9 ignated as Section 33-4323, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 10 33-4323. DISCRIMINATION PROHIBITED. The scholarships shall be awarded to 11 eligible students without regard to any student's race, creed, color, gender, 12 national origin, ancestry or age. 13 SECTION 9. That Chapter 43, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 14 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 15 ignated as Section 33-4324, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 16 33-4324. DUTIES OF ELIGIBLE POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS. (1) Eligible 17 postsecondary institutions shall be responsible for: 18 (a) Selecting recipients of scholarships; and 19 (b) Determining procedures for payment of awards. 20 (2) Eligible postsecondary institutions which accept students under the 21 provisions of this act shall be required to comply with procedures for certi- 22 fication of matriculation and declaration of major of recipients of such 23 scholarships, and shall be required, under rules established by the state 24 board of education, to notify the state board of education of the termination 25 of attendance or change of major outside of an eligible major by recipients of 26 such scholarships. 27 (3) All eligible postsecondary institutions shall report annually to the 28 state board of education and the board of regents of the university of Idaho 29 the number of students for each term receiving a scholarship award. 30 SECTION 10. That Chapter 43, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 31 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 32 ignated as Section 33-4325, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 33 33-4325. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND BOARD OF REGENTS OF UNIVERSITY OF 34 IDAHO AS ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCY. The state board of education and the board of 35 regents of the university of Idaho is hereby designated as the administrative 36 agency for the scholarship created by this act. 37 SECTION 11. That Chapter 43, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is 38 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- 39 ignated as Section 33-4326, Idaho Code, and to read as follows: 40 33-4326. DUTIES OF BOARD. The state board of education and the board of 41 regents of the university of Idaho shall be responsible for: 42 (1) Supervision of the issuance of public information concerning the pro- 43 visions of this act. 44 (2) Adoption of rules necessary to implement this program. 45 (3) Maintenance of fiscal controls and fund accounting procedures as may 46 be necessary to assure proper disbursement of funds. 47 (4) Submission of an annual report to the legislative services office and 5 1 the division of financial management not later than November 1 of each year. 2 (5) Establishment of a reasonable and fair appeal procedure for those 3 students and institutions who may have been adversely affected by a decision 4 made under the procedures of this act and rules promulgated pursuant thereto. 5 (6) Holding a public hearing, prior to the adoption of rules, for the 6 purpose of providing interested parties with the opportunity of discussing 7 such rules. 8 (7) Acceptance of funds from public and private sources, and such funds 9 may be expended pursuant to appropriation to the state board of education and 10 the board of regents of the university of Idaho for expenditure consistent 11 with the purposes of this act.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 14601C1 This legislation would create a new scholarship for undergraduate, associate and professional-technical students in human health sciences programs. The purpose of the scholarship would be to increase the number of human health sciences students and to encourage them to pursue their careers in Idaho upon graduation. The scholarship would only be available to full-time students who are Idaho residents and demonstrate academic merit. The scholarship could not be used at any public postsecondary educational institution in Idaho. The initial amount of the scholarship would be a maximum of $1,200 per academic year, but an escalator clause would enable the scholarship to keep up with increases in student fees. The State Board of Education is given broad rule-making authority to implement this legislation. FISCAL NOTE There is no fiscal impact to the General Fund. The sole funding source for this scholarship would be form the Millennium Fund. Contact Name: Senator Darrington Phone: 332-1318 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE S 1094