Court Decision May Affect Students

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The court is allowing states to withhold scholarships from theology students, even if the money is available to students who study just about anything else.

Even though UW-Eau Claire only has a undergraduate degree in religious studies, an educator says the ruling could affect students in their post-graduate education. Charlene Burns from the Religious Studies department says the ruling could have a serious effect on UW-EC students planning for the seminary.

The ruling stems from a case in Washington State. The court says the state had the right to deny a taxpayer scholarship to a college student who was studying to be a minister.