State officials had expected about 2,000 Maryland high school seniors would qualify for a new scholarship for science and technology majors who agree to stay in Maryland after graduation, but the number ended up to be about 700. The result is that just $1.9 million of the $5.1 million set aside for the 1999-2000 school year will be handed out this year.

Patricia Florestano, the state's secretary of higher education, said about 1,600 students applied for the scholarships that pay $3,000 a year toward tuition costs. But more than half were ineligible because they did not maintain a


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