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Succotash my Balzac, dipshiitake.

That's kind of the point

I'm surprised lately at how the requirements for maintaining Hope Scholarships (the new TN Lottery Scholarship) have become newsworthy because they are "strict." Students must maintain a C+ (2.75 GPA) their freshman year, and a B (3.0 GPA) every year after that.

Of course they must. The scholarship allows more students to go to college, and encourages those who go to succeed. Everyone gets that "free year" where you get money for school if you are good enough to get in, and you are only required to maintain grades that are barely above passing. Every student gets a shot at college. Marginal students have an incentive to find a way to maintain better grades, and those who cannot, for one reason or another, succeed in college are no further subsidized by the state to attend. They can still get student loans and part-time jobs, of course (a road well-traveled by yours truly), but the "scholar dollars" no longer go to them.

Imagine if the studying harder and utilizing tutors became the expected norm at UT? That would be nice.
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