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Bill to create state grant program for college students in high demand or emerging careers

Friday, January 25, 2019

A House Committee is now looking at a bill to create a scholarship program for students who are enrolled in programs for high demand or emerging occupations.

The bill creates the program in the Bank of North Dakota, with a $10 million appropriation. Students could receive grants up to $8500 per school year, up to a cap of $17,000.

"A few years ago, during the national economic downturn, North Dakota was not affected," said Rep. Alisa Mitskog (D-Wahpeton), one of the measure's sponsors. "We had people coming to our state to fill the jobs. But now, states all across the country. as well as our neighboring states, are all fighting for workers."

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