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SCHOLARSHIPS - Adds to existing law to provide eligibility criteria for Key
to the Future Scholarships for students; to provide that Key to the Future
students shall remain drug, alcohol and tobacco free; to provide
procedures; and to provide the amount and length of the award for Key to
the Future students.
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AYES -- Anderson, Bayer, Bell, Bilbao, Black, Block, Bock, Boe, Bolz,
Bowers, Brackett, Bradford, Chadderdon, Chavez, Chew, Collins, Crane,
Durst, Hagedorn, Henbest, Henderson, Jaquet, Killen, King, Kren,
Labrador, LeFavour, Marriott, Mathews, McGeachin, Mortimer, Nielsen,
Nonini, Pasley-Stuart, Pence, Roberts, Ruchti, Rusche, Sayler,
Schaefer, Shepherd(02), Shepherd(08), Shirley, Shively, Smith(24),
Smith(30)(Stanek), Snodgrass, Stevenson, Thayn, Thomas, Trail, Vander
Woude, Wills, Wood(27), Wood(35)
NAYS -- Andrus, Barrett, Bedke, Clark, Eskridge, Hart, Harwood, Lake,
Loertscher, Luker, Moyle, Raybould, Ringo, Mr. Speaker
Absent and excused -- Patrick
Floor Sponsor - Block
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-ninth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2008
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 503
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO SCHOLARSHIPS; AMENDING CHAPTER 43, TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, BY THE
3 ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 33-4316, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE ELIGIBILITY CRI-
4 TERIA FOR KEY TO THE FUTURE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS, TO PROVIDE THAT
5 KEY TO THE FUTURE STUDENTS SHALL REMAIN DRUG, ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO FREE, TO
6 PROVIDE PROCEDURES, TO PROVIDE THE AMOUNT AND LENGTH OF THE AWARD FOR KEY
7 TO THE FUTURE STUDENTS, TO PROVIDE FOR REPORTS, TO PROVIDE FOR FUNDING
8 FROM THE JOINT MILLENNIUM FUND COMMITTEE OR THE GENERAL FUND, TO PROVIDE
9 FOR RULES AND TO DEFINE TERMS; TO PROVIDE A SUNSET DATE AND TO PROVIDE FOR
11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
12 SECTION 1. That Chapter 43, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
13 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des-
14 ignated as Section 33-4316, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
15 33-4316. KEY TO THE FUTURE SCHOLARSHIP. (1) The purpose of the pilot pro-
16 gram key to the future scholarship is to encourage students to be drug, alco-
17 hol and tobacco free. The key to the future scholarship shall be available to
18 eligible students as provided herein as of May 1, 2011. To implement this sec-
19 tion, the state board of education shall select one (1) large school district,
20 one (1) medium sized school district and one (1) small school district to par-
21 ticipate. All students who are enrolled as eleventh graders in a selected
22 school district on and after September 1, 2009, or who are receiving compara-
23 ble instruction in a home-based setting within a selected school district must
24 comply with the provisions of this section in order to be eligible for an
25 award of a key to the future scholarship. In order to receive a key to the
26 future scholarship, the student, the student's parent(s), guardian or custo-
27 dian and a representative of the school district or secondary school shall
28 complete an agreement with a participating local school district or secondary
29 school or, if the student receives instruction in a home-based setting, the
30 agreement shall be submitted to the office of the state board of education on
31 a form that is approved by the state board of education. The form will outline
32 the terms and conditions to which the student and the student's parent(s),
33 guardian or custodian must adhere as a condition of being eligible to receive
34 a key to the future scholarship. At a minimum, the agreement shall include the
35 requirement that the student agrees to be drug, alcohol and tobacco free for
36 the entire calendar year, and for the duration of the student's high school
37 age years, and that the student agrees to voluntarily participate in a random
38 drug testing program as outlined by the board of trustees or the governing
39 board of the secondary school or, if the secondary school does not have a drug
40 testing program, to have a licensed physician or hospital conduct the test or
41 tests. The boards of trustees of those school districts choosing to partici-
42 pate in this program shall adopt a random drug testing policy which describes
43 the procedures to be followed in the district including, but not limited to,
1 the following: payment options for the testing, confidentiality, interventions
2 to be made available, and a retesting/appealing provision. A conviction,
3 guilty plea, or withheld judgment for any offense relating to drugs, alcohol
4 or tobacco shall be the same as failing a drug test for purposes of this sec-
6 (2) Qualification for a key to the future scholarship is determined dur-
7 ing the secondary school years. Beginning in the eleventh grade, the student
8 shall participate successfully in the secondary school key to the future pro-
9 gram to qualify for the key to the future scholarship in a postsecondary
11 (3) A school district shall apply to the state board of education if it
12 wishes to be a selected district for the key to the future scholarship. A stu-
13 dent receiving key to the future scholarship funds is expected to remain
14 drug, alcohol and tobacco free during the time of enrollment in a post-
15 secondary institution. Award of this scholarship shall not require drug or
16 alcohol testing by the postsecondary institution. However, any student who is
17 convicted of, pleads guilty to or receives a withheld judgment for any viola-
18 tion related to drugs, alcohol or tobacco during that student's postsecondary
19 institution years forfeits any future use of key to the future scholarship
20 funds. Students shall either reapply annually, or as outlined in the post-
21 secondary institution's scholarship policies for the key to the future schol-
22 arship, and shall certify to the postsecondary institution that they have not
23 been convicted of, pled guilty to or received a withheld judgment for any
24 violation related to drugs, alcohol or tobacco during the immediately preced-
25 ing twelve (12) month period.
26 (4) The grant for key to the future students is as follows:
27 (a) The grant payment to an individual per educational year for atten-
28 dance on a full-time basis is not in excess of an amount determined annu-
29 ally by the state board of education and the board of regents of the uni-
30 versity of Idaho and is not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) per
31 year for the first two (2) years of college education, not to exceed a
32 total of two thousand dollars ($2,000) per student. Two hundred dollars
33 ($200) per student who has applied for the scholarship shall be remitted
34 to the participating school district.
35 (b) The total grant payments over a maximum period of two (2) educational
36 years to an individual may not exceed two (2) grants per educational year.
37 (c) The individual receiving such a grant signs an affidavit stating that
38 the individual shall comply with all terms of the agreement provided in
39 this section.
40 (d) The grant is awarded on the basis of a secondary school record of a
41 2.5 grade point average out of 4.0 or an ACT composite score of 20 or bet-
42 ter, or such other criteria as may be established by the state board of
43 education and the board of regents of the university of Idaho.
44 (e) The individual receiving the grant is not precluded from receiving
45 other financial aid, awards or scholarships.
46 (f) Grant payments shall correspond to academic terms, semesters, quar-
47 ters or equivalent time periods at an eligible postsecondary institution.
48 In no instance may the entire amount of a grant for an educational year,
49 as defined in subsection (7)(c) of this section, be paid on behalf of such
50 student in advance. An institution where the student is enrolled may uti-
51 lize grant moneys for any educational related purpose.
52 (g) The individual has complied with such rules as may be necessary for
53 the administration of this chapter.
54 (h) All eligible postsecondary institutions will report annually to the
55 state board of education and the board of regents of the university of
1 Idaho the number of students for each term receiving a grant award.
2 (5) The state board of education shall request one-time funding on an
3 annual basis from the joint millennium fund committee in an amount necessary
4 to fund the key to the future scholarship. If funding is not recommended
5 either in whole or in part by the joint millennium fund committee or if addi-
6 tional funding is needed, the state board of education may request funding
7 from the general fund.
8 (6) The state board of education and the board of regents of the univer-
9 sity of Idaho shall adopt rules to manage the key to the future scholarships.
10 If the total scholarship dollars awarded to a student exceeds the actual costs
11 for tuition, fees, books, room and board per semester at the college or uni-
12 versity, the excess money shall remain in the key to the future scholarship
14 (7) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:
15 (a) "Drug" means a substance that is illegal to possess, consume or
16 ingest and criminal penalties are provided for possessing, consuming or
17 ingesting such substance. "Drug" may also include a legal substance that
18 is being used in an unlawful or illegal manner.
19 (b) "Educational costs" means student costs for tuition, fees, room and
20 board, or expenses related to reasonable commuting, books and such other
21 expenses reasonably related to attendance at a postsecondary educational
23 (c) "Educational year" means the entire calendar year in which the stu-
24 dent attends an eligible postsecondary institution.
25 (d) "Eligible postsecondary institution" means a public postsecondary
26 organization governed or supervised by the state board of education, the
27 board of regents of the university of Idaho, a board of trustees of a com-
28 munity college established pursuant to the provisions of section 33-2106,
29 Idaho Code, or the state board for professional-technical education or any
30 educational organization in Idaho which is operated privately and not for
31 profit under the control of an independent board and not directly con-
32 trolled or administered by a public or political subdivision.
33 (e) "Enrollment" means the establishment and maintenance of an
34 individual's status as a student in an eligible postsecondary institution,
35 regardless of the term used at the institution to describe such status.
36 (f) "Student" means an individual resident student as defined in section
37 33-2110B or 33-3717B, Idaho Code, enrolled full time and carrying a suffi-
38 cient number of credit hours, or their equivalent, to secure the
39 individual's first degree, certificate, diploma or lesser program, toward
40 which the individual is working, in no more than the number of semesters,
41 or equivalent, normally required by the eligible postsecondary institution
42 in the program in which the individual is enrolled, and provided that the
43 baccalaureate degree, certificate, diploma or lesser program requires at
44 least six (6) months or the equivalent of consecutive attendance. A stu-
45 dent engaged in a four (4) year baccalaureate program shall not be termi-
46 nated from this scholarship program by having earned an intermediate
47 degree, certificate or diploma.
48 SECTION 2. The provisions of this act shall be null, void and of no force
49 and effect on and after July 1, 2017. The State Board of Education shall
50 report annually to the Legislature beginning in 2012 regarding the number of
51 students who have availed themselves of the scholarship pursuant to this act,
52 where they are attending college and their academic achievement.
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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This legislation would create a new pilot Key to the Future
Scholarship program for select Idaho high school students who are
drug, alcohol and tobacco free. The State Board of Education will
select a large, medium and small school district to participate in
this pilot program. Students in these districts will sign an
agreement that they will remain drug, alcohol and tobacco free during
the 11th and 12th grade, and that they will voluntarily participate in a
random drug testing program. The pilot districts will receive $200
for each student that applies for the scholarship to cover costs
associated with administering the requirements of the program.
Student eligibility also requires at least a 2.5 GPA or an ACT
composite score of 20. The scholarship is $1,000 per year for the
first two years for postsecondary education. Students receiving the
scholarship are expected to remain drug, alcohol and tobacco free
during their time of enrollment in a postsecondary institution. This
enabling legislation, and the scholarship it creates, terminates by
operation of law on July 1, 2017.
The primary source of funds for this scholarship would be the
Millennium Fund, and this legislation directs the State Board of
Education to make annual application for said funds. If, however,
Millennium Funds are not forthcoming or are insufficient, the State
Board of Education may request General Funds. Estimated fiscal impact
is as follows:
Fiscal Year Awardee Participating TOTAL
(Academic Year) Academic Annual School One-Time
Awardees Years Award Funding Funding
FY 10 (AY 2009-10) N/A N/A N/A $50,000 $50,000
FY 11 (AY 2010-11) N/A N/A N/A $100,000 $100,000
FY 12 (AY 2011-12) 500 09-10 $1,000 $100,000 $600,000
FY 13 (AY 2012-13) 1,000 09-10, $1,000 $100,000 $1,100,000
FY 14 (AY 2013-14) 1,000 10-11, $1,000 $50,000 $1,050,000
FY 15 (AY 2014-15) 1,000 11-12, $1,000 N/A $1,000,000
FY 16 (AY 2015-16) 500 12-13 $1,000 N/A $500,000
Fiscal Impact Assumptions:
1. Assumes all students who apply receive awards. However, since
participating school districts receive $200 (per student over two
years) to cover the costs of administering the program, regardless of
whether the student receives the scholarship, this estimate may be
2. No high school juniors can earn scholarship eligibility in FY 2016,
because the Key to the Future Scholarship terminates by operation of
law on July 1, 2017.
3. First funding request to the Joint Millennium Fund Committee would
be submitted in fall of 2008.
Name: Rep. Block, Rep. Chavez, Rep. Nonini, Rep. Shirley, Rep.
Trail, Rep. Bradford, Rep. Nielsen, Rep. Wills, Rep.
Chadderdon, Rep. Shepherd, Rep. Marriott, Rep. Mortimer,
Rep. Patrick, Rep. Thayn, Rep. Boe, Rep. Pence, Sen.
Darrington, Sen. Cameron, Rep. Diana Thomas, Rep. Marv
Hagedorn, Rep. Frank Henderson, Rep. Russ Mathews,
Rep. JoAn Wood, Rep. Brent Crane
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