Beginning with the school year one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine--ninety, the state board of education shall establish a scholarship program for outstanding secondary vocational-technical education graduates to pursue additional post-secondary college work in a related career or technical field. The board may award twenty annual scholarships, not to exceed two thousand dollars each, based on criteria to be established by the board. Additionally, the board may award fifteen annual scholarships, not to exceed one thousand dollars each, to outstanding vocational-technical teachers for the purpose of pursing advanced degrees or technical updating of their professional competencies. The criteria for awarding the educator scholarships shall be promulgated by the board. The foundation provided for in section two of this article shall solicit private sector funds for these scholarships.
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