South Carolina students may have to study harder to get lottery scholarships

Lucas Daprile,

University of South Carolina students make their way past the Russell House on campus. Photo by Gerry Melendez, the State

South Carolina students counting on state-funded scholarships to pay for college soon might find they are harder to get.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase the grade-point averages and standardized-test scores required to receive scholarships. It aims to offset the increase in students who are eligible for the scholarships — and, in turn, increased cost — after the state lowered the requirements for receiving an “A” or “B” to make South Carolina students competitive with other states.