More students getting Bright Futures scholarships

Associated Press
Published December 3, 2004

TALLAHASSEE - Florida has more smart students than originally thought.

The number eligible for lottery-funded Bright Futures Scholarships is higher this year than budget writers estimated, leaving the program short of cash.

A joint legislative commission fixed the problem Thursday, shuffling about $7.9-million in unbudgeted lottery money into the program to keep from having to reduce scholarship amounts.

Now it's estimated $276-million will be used for 129,540 students.