Senators said Monday that they want the state to pay for small scholarships to private colleges, like Westminster College and Brigham Young University.

Senators amended a bill that would pay an early graduating high school senior 25 percent of the Weighted Pupil Unit if the student attends an institution of higher education or vocational school the year after he graduates from the 11th grade with a high school diploma."I think that might be unconstitutional," said Sen. Karl Swan, D-Tooele. But supporters of the amendment said the money, about $300, would be given to the student to use in the Utah school of his choice, not sent directly to a private institution. The Constitution requires the separation of church and state and traditionally state money has not been given to BYU or any church school.

- THE LEGISLATURE moved one step closer Monday to cutting the strings on school spending of vending machine profits.

The Senate Education Standing Committee approved HB46, a bill that would give control of vending machine profits back to the schools. The bill deletes legislative intent language adopted two years ago that requires school districts to use vending machine and bookstore profits on textbooks and supplies.

Sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Joseph M. Moody, R-Millard, told the committee that schools should be allowed to use the income as they see fit. The revenue is student money and they should be allowed to use it to pay for activities and socials, he said.

Rep. Kelly Atkinson, D-West Jordan, asked for an amendment that was approved by the committee. It would require the schools to provide their school districts an annual report on vending machine income and itemized expenditures.

Such an accounting would prevent abuses of vending machine profits similar to those in the past, he said. Atkinson reported a principal's office was remodeled for $4,500 and a high school spent $6,000 on a full-color graduation program, he said.