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State budget gives millions for UMass scholarships

A state budget allocation approved Thursday will grant $7 million to the University of Massachusetts for student scholarships, the school said Friday in a statement.

“A $158 million supplemental budget approved by the Legislature yesterday and signed by the Governor today includes $10.9 million for UMass,” he state’s flagship public university said in a statement on Friday. “The funding, which relates to labor contracts, will be used for workforce purposes and will also fund $7 million in student scholarships, in addition to aiding the University’s overall pursuit of quality and excellence.”

University President Marty Meehan praised Governor Charlie Baker and state legislative leaders for their support of the college system.


“I am grateful to our state leaders for their commitment to UMass and to the cause of high-quality public higher education -- a cause that is so critical to the Commonwealth and its citizens and will remain so for generations to come,” Meehan said in the statement.

According to UMass, the allocation comes at a time when the university is enjoying “successes on many fronts, with its endowment, enrollment and research-output reaching record levels, and having been named one of the World’s Most Innovative Universities.”

The school also said it has been named the top public university in New England by the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

“The support we are receiving from Governor Charlie Baker and from the House and Senate will help to fuel our progress and success -- and will have a real impact on the Commonwealth’s future,” Meehan said Friday.

The university currently enrolls just over 56,000 undergrads at its campuses in Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell, according to its website.

Laura Krantz of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.