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14 DE Admin. Code 245
245 Michael C. Ferguson Achievement Awards Scholarship
A. Type of Regulatory Action Required
B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation
The Secretary of Education seeks to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 245 Michael C. Ferguson Achievement Award Scholarship. This regulation is being amended to clarify the subject areas and grade levels in which the scholarship can be given as based on the new state assessment system. The Department of Education wishes to remove the word “Scholarship” from the regulation to clarify that these are awards and not funds that need to be applied for as is done with scholarships. Also, while the statute uses the term “free and reduced lunch”, the Department of Education is using “low-income” because of the changes in the federal school nutrition program, and which is in accordance with epilogue provisions of the FY 15 budget bill.
Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by the close of business on or before December 5, 2014 to Tina Shockley, Education Associate, Department of Education, Regulatory Review, at 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901. A copy of this regulation may be viewed or obtained at the Department of Education, Finance Office located at the address listed above.
The Michael C. Ferguson Achievement Awards Scholarship Program, included in the Educational Accountability Act of 1998, recognizes students who demonstrate superior performance on the state assessments pursuant to 14 Del.C. §153 (c).
1.1 Subject to available funding, the Michael C. Ferguson Achievement Awards shall be made based on the student’s score on the results of the annual spring summative administration of the state assessment. The student’s score that is used for federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) shall be used to determine this award. The Scholarships awards may be awarded given to a maximum of 300 eighth grade students in the content areas of reading English Language Arts and mMathematics and to a maximum of 300 tenth eleventh grade students in the content areas of reading English Language Arts and mMathematics.
1.2 The awards shall be provided to the highest scoring eighth and tenth eleventh grade students in the state in reading English Language Arts and mMathematics as well as the highest scoring eighth and tenth eleventh grades students in the state in reading English Language Arts and mMathematics who participate in the free and reduced lunch program are identified as low-income pursuant to the provisions below:
1.2.1 The highest scoring eighth and tenth eleventh grade students in the state in reading English Language Arts and in mMathematics shall receive the scholarships awards.
1.2.1.1 The eighth grade awards may be given to a maximum of 150 students in the areas of reading English Language Arts and mMathematics. The number of awards shall be as close to fifty percent (50%) in each area as possible. The unassigned awards shall be awarded in the priority order of reading English Language Arts then mMathematics.
1.2.1.2 The tenth eleventh grade awards may be given to a maximum of 150 students in the areas of reading English Language Arts and mMathematics. The number of awards shall be as close to fifty percent (50%) in each area as possible. The unassigned awards shall be allocated in the priority order of reading English Language Arts then mMathematics.
1.2.2 The highest scoring eighth and tenth eleventh grade students in the state in reading English Language Arts and in mMathematics, who participate in the free and reduced lunch program are identified as low-income and who are not already identified as one of the students in section 1.2 shall receive the scholarships awards.
1.2.2.1 The eighth grade awards may be given to a maximum of 150 students in the areas of reading English Language Arts and mMathematics The number of awards shall be as close to fifty percent (50%) in each area as possible. The unassigned awards shall be allocated in the priority order of reading English Language Arts then mMathematics.
1.2.2.2 The tenth eleventh grade awards may be given to a maximum of 150 students in the areas of reading English Language Arts, writing and mMathematics. The number of awards shall be as close to fifty in each area as possible. The unassigned awards shall be allocated in the priority order of reading English Language Arts then mMathematics.
Students may receive a scholarship an award in more than one content area and may also receive scholarships awards for their 8th eighth and their 10th eleventh grade scores. A student may receive an award no more than twice in one content area.
3.0 Use of Scholarship Awarded Funds
The Michael C. Ferguson Scholarship Achievement Award can only be used at a regionally or nationally accredited post secondary institution or at a Delaware or other state approved private business and trade school in the United States of America and its territories. The award cannot exceed direct educational costs.
4.0 Delaware Higher Education (Commission) Office Account and Notification Procedures
4.2 Funds deposited for scholarships awards through the Michael C. Ferguson Achievement Awards shall cease to be available to the recipient if the recipient does not attend a post secondary institution within five calendar years after graduating from high school. Provided further that a recipient may have one additional year of availability of the funds for each year the recipient serves as an active duty member of the military.
4.3 It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to notify the Delaware Higher Education Office of any change of address during the scholarship award eligibility period. Students may receive their scholarship awards even if they are living in another state at the time they attend a post secondary institution.
4.5.31 Recipients may defer all or a portion of payment of Michael C. Ferguson Scholarships Awards beyond their first post secondary year, but must assume the responsibility to notify the Delaware Higher Education Office of their plans to claim the Scholarship Award, and may not extend payment beyond the five year limit.
4.5.12 The Delaware Higher Education Office shall send enrollment verification forms to institutions identified by recipients. When completed verification forms are received by the Delaware Higher Education Office, disbursement of scholarship award funds will be made to the institution.
4.5.2 If a student does not plan to attend a post secondary institution immediately after high school graduation, it is the parent or guardian’s responsibility to provide timely notification to the Delaware Higher Education Office prior to enrollment in order to receive payment of the scholarship.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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