LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is hiring 20 temporary workers to help process applications for the state's lottery-funded scholarships.
Higher Education Director James Purcell said Friday the workers will be hired through Aug. 10 to help with the applications. More than 53,000 students have applied for the scholarships.
Most applications from traditional high school graduates have been processed electronically, but applications from current college students and non-traditional students must be reviewed by hand to determine eligibility and priority ranking.
Purcell said the department expects to spend $80,000 and will ask for reimbursement from the lottery commission.
Voters approved the lottery in 2008 to fund college scholarships. The state began selling tickets last year.