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DC Council votes to create scholarship program

Tuesday - 2/4/2014, 4:00pm  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The D.C. Council has voted unanimously to create a wide-ranging college scholarship program for city students amid questions about whether it could endanger a popular federal program.

The city's delegate to Congress has warned that if the city can fund its own tuition grants, Congress might stop handing out up to $10,000 a year to district residents to attend public universities outside city limits.

Supporters of the so-called D.C. Promise said before Tuesday's vote that it's meant to supplement, not replace, the federal program. But Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says Congressional appropriators are only interested in seeing how much money the city commits to the grants.

The local program would top out at $7,500 a year and would be weighted toward students with the most need.

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