Update on Hope Scholarship

According to WVNews, the state Intermediate Court of Appeals on Aug. 1 denied the motion from state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to stay the injunction blocking the Hope Scholarship. 

Morrisey filed the motion after a lower court issued the injunction, which prevents the Hope Scholarship Act from being enforced. The legislature passed, and the governor signed, the act into law in 2021. It provides funds for a variety of educational expenses, including tuition and fees at participating private schools and other extracurricular activities. 

On July 6, Kanawha Circuit Court Judge Joanna Tabit ruled the Hope Scholarship Act unconstitutional, so there is a court order preventing the state from moving forward with the program. The Hope Scholarship Board and the State Treasurer’s Office are prohibited from operating the program while the injunction is in place.

Because of this court ruling, students, educational service providers and vendors may not be able to access Hope Scholarship funds for the 2022-23 school year, even though a student’s application for the program has already been approved. In addition, the program is unable to accept any applications that are currently in a “hold,” “submitted” or “in progress” status, or process new application request forms.

Updates regarding the injunction and operation of the program will be posted at hopescholarshipwv.com.

Parents and providers who want to receive updates specific to understanding options should the stay not be granted, or should it exclude new applicants, should fill out the form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDSuGOOwrFsEAhOwXBhLD2IoRUS-wXgwEf1Om4kHFx1rU4UQ/viewform.