MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Monongalia County had the state's highest percentage of high school graduates who receive PROMISE scholarships in the 2011-2012 academic year, a state report shows.
Thirty percent of the county's graduates received the state's merit scholarship during the period, the most recent data available.
Pendleton County had the second-highest percentage, with 27.3 percent of high school graduates receiving PROMISE scholarships.
Statewide, a total 9,954 students received the scholarships during the 2011-2012 academic year, up about 200 students from the previous school year.
About 44.7 percent of PROMISE recipients, 4,447 students, attended West Virginia, which received about $22 million from the program. The program awarded a total $47.7 million in PROMISE scholarships.
The financial aid report was presented to the Higher Education Policy Commission last week, The Dominion Post reported.
The number of scholarships has increased, even though the number of high school students has dipped, Brian Weingart, senior director of financial aid at the commission, told the newspaper.
He said the commission approved a resolution at last week's meeting asking the Legislature to fund the scholarship at its current level.