- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More than 3,200 members of the Class of 2015 have been awarded the state’s merit-based PROMISE Scholarship.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission announced the number of scholarships awarded to 2015 high school graduates on Thursday.

The commission says additional eligible students will receive the scholarship as they are identified through scores on the June ACT and SAT college entrance exams.

The scholarship pays up to $4,750 for tuition and mandatory fees for in-state students who maintained at least a 3.0 average in high school. To be eligible, students also must score a composite 22 on the ACT or a combined 1020 on the SAT.

Students must maintain a 3.0 average in college to keep the scholarship.

The PROMISE program began in 2002.

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