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Nixon Wants More Scholarships for Smart High Schoolers

Kevin Killeen
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ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Smart kids attending a high school with lackluster classmates could still qualify for a community college state scholarship program, under a plan Missouri Governor Nixon is pushing.

Nixon is asking the legislature to expand the A-plus Community College scholarship program to help more low-income students achieve the dream of a college education. 

“Missouri students should not be penalized for something over which they have zero control,” Nixon said. 

Currently,  the Community College A-plus scholarship program is available at select high schools whose overall grade point average is high.   Nixon wants to expand the program to include all public high schools in the St. Louis area.  An additional 700 students a year would qualify,  at a cost of a million dollars to the state budget.  

“The state will cover the cost of tuition and fees for two years at a public community college or technical school for students who show up to school,  earn good grades,  perform tutoring or mentoring,  and stay out of trouble,” Nixon said.

The governor’s plan would expand the scholarship to students whose families earn up to $55,000 annually.   State Rep. Mike thompson (R-Maryville) has filed legislation to authorize the expansion. 

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