33-4306 Definitions.

Definitions. As used in this act, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Eligible postsecondary institution" means a public postsecondary organization governed or supervised by the state board of education, the board of regents of the university of Idaho, a board of trustees of a community college established pursuant to the provisions of section 33-2106, Idaho Code, or the state board for professional-technical education or any educational organization which is operated privately and not for profit under the control of an independent board and not directly controlled or administered by a public or political subdivision. A public or private educational organization becomes eligible to participate in category B grant awards if the organization agrees to match awards granted to each eligible category B student. If an institution declines to match awards, an eligible student will receive the state portion of the award to that institution.

(2) "Educational costs" means student costs for tuition, fees, room and board, or expenses related to reasonable commuting, books and such other expenses reasonably related to attendance at a postsecondary educational institution.

(3) "Student" means an individual resident student as defined in section 33-3717B or 33-2110B, Idaho Code, enrolled full time and carrying a sufficient number of credit hours, or their equivalent, to secure an individual's first degree, certificate, diploma or less, toward which the individual is working, in no more than the number of semesters, or equivalent, normally required by the eligible postsecondary institution in the program in which the individual is enrolled and provided that the baccalaureate degree, certificate, diploma or lesser program requires at least six (6) months or equivalent of consecutive attendance. A student engaged in a four (4) year baccalaureate program shall not be terminated from this scholarship program by having earned an intermediate degree, certificate or diploma.

(4) "Enrollment" means the establishment and maintenance of an individual's status as a student in an eligible postsecondary institution, regardless of the term used at the institution to describe such status.

(5) "Eligible category A student" means any individual who declares his intention to matriculate in an eligible postsecondary institution in the state of Idaho during the educational year immediately following:

(a) The individual's completion of secondary school or its equivalent in the state of Idaho; or

(b) The individual's graduation from an accredited secondary school, or completion of secondary school or its equivalent, outside of the United States, provided that the individual graduated from such school or successfully completed all requirements, and the individual and a parent of the individual were residents of the state of Idaho, within one (1) year of leaving the state due to the military status or job relocation of a parent.

(6) "Eligible category B student" means any student, having completed secondary school or its equivalent in the state of Idaho, or outside of the United States if within one (1) year of leaving the state due to the military status or job relocation of a parent (a) the student completed such secondary school or its equivalent, and (b) the student and a parent of the student were residents of the state of Idaho, and who enrolls as a student in an eligible postsecondary institution in the state of Idaho prior to reaching twenty-two (22) years of age. To maintain eligibility a student must achieve and maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average while enrolled in an eligible postsecondary institution. Students meeting the requirements of this subsection who were not eligible for a grant in the first term of postsecondary education and who achieve and maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average based on a 4.0 system in an eligible postsecondary institution will become eligible for grant payments in subsequent school terms.

(7) "Grant" means an award to an eligible student for matriculation in an eligible postsecondary institution in the state of Idaho.

(8) "Educational year" means the period from July 1 of a year through June 30 of the succeeding year.

(9) "Competitive examination" means standardized examination(s) measuring achievement administered annually on a voluntary basis on a specified date and at specified locations announced publicly.

(10) "High school record," for category A students, shall be defined by the state board of education and the board of regents of the university of Idaho and shall include, but need not be limited to, an individual's cumulative grade point average and such other measure that demonstrates difficulty of course load taken and extraordinary academic performance, and which for Idaho secondary school graduates is certified by an official of such secondary school.

(11) "High school record," for category B students, shall be defined by the state board of education and the board of regents of the university of Idaho and shall include, but need not be limited to, an individual's secondary school cumulative grade point average or a composite score on the American college test (ACT).

(12) "Cumulative grade point average" is defined as a student's cumulative grade point average for all courses taken in grades nine (9) through twelve (12) and calculated on a grade of A equals 4.0 points, a grade of B equals 3.0 points, a grade of C equals 2.0 points, a grade of D equals 1.0 point and a grade of F equals 0.0 points.