North Carolina House lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday that will secure an additional $2.4 million in scholarships for children whose parents were killed or injured while serving in the military.
The House and Senate voted unanimously to add to the budget funding for eight-semester scholarships administered by the Veterans Affairs Department.
The base funding for the program is $9.1 million. Last year, the General Assembly granted an additional $2.4 million from a surplus in revenue. The department asked for the additional $2.4 million again for the new fiscal year, but the funds were not processed due to an ongoing budget stalemate.
About 20,000 North Carolina students benefit from the scholarship, according to the Department of Veterans’ website.
House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, said the additional funds would be approved on a recurring basis.
“Veterans and their families mean so much to North Carolina, and these higher education scholarships are an important way the state can support their dedicated service to the nation,” Moore said Tuesday.