Joined by members of the General Assembly, educators from Delaware State University, and Delaware State University students, Gov. John Carney signed Senate Bill 90 into law on May 12.

The new law strengthens the Inspire Scholarship program, which offers scholarship assistance for qualifying Delaware high school students to attend Delaware State University.

Sen. Brian Bushweller and Reps. Stephanie Bolden and Sean Lynn sponsored the legislation.

The Inspire Scholarship aims to attract achieved Delaware high school graduates to DSU. The new law extends the scholarship program to eight continuous semesters — from six — allowing eligible students to benefit from the program throughout their college career. Some 1,700 students have already benefited from this program, and returned more than 100,000 hours in community service to Delaware.

“The goal of the Inspire Scholarship is to keep Delaware’s best and brightest here learning and growing in our state,” said Carney. “By extending the length of the Inspire Scholarship, we will attract more talented Delawareans to apply for this scholarship, to learn from the incredible faculty at Delaware State University, and to be compelled to stay and succeed in Delaware after graduation.”