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MSSU Offers Scholarships to 2011-13 Joplin Graduates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 30, 2011

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MSSU OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS TO 2011, 2012, 2013 GRADUATING CLASSES
AT FOUR JOPLIN HIGH SCHOOLS

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) – Rebuilding Joplin means keeping our high school graduates in the city to provide the future leadership and energy needed to bring the city back better and stronger after the May 22 tornado. To help accomplish that goal, Missouri Southern State University is offering scholarships to students at four Joplin high schools, University officials announced today.

The scholarships are being offered to students who were sophomores, juniors and seniors as of May 20, 2011 at Joplin High School, McAuley High School, College Heights Christian School and Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School.

These students represent the graduating classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013. Scholarships will be for $1,000 each for the first academic year after the students graduate from high school.

The scholarships represent approximately 25 percent of the current annual cost for a full-time student at MSSU, University officials said.

This assistance to area students is in addition to other tornado related support MSSU has provided. The Foundation created the Tornado Emergency Relief Fund which, to-date, has been responsible for more than $40,000 in grants to faculty, staff and students impacted by the tornado. Donations to the Fund came from donors from Joplin to Japan.

Financial Aid has officially awarded all $15,000 of the USA Funds Disaster Relief Funds to 30 student recipients ($500 each) from Scholarship America/USA Funds.

“The rebuilding of Joplin is a long-term effort,” said Dr. Bruce Speck, MSSU President. “We want to encourage these students, who are our future leaders, to stay here and to help carry out the vision for our community.”

“We believe in this community,” said Speck, “and we want to give these students the tools they’ll need to help make Joplin stronger.”

In making the announcement at the One State, One Spirit Basketball Classic, Dr. Sherry Buchanan, Chair of the MSSU Board of Governors, said, “We all know that while much progress has been made already, rebuilding Joplin is going to be a long-term effort. What we want is for our high school students, who are going to be our future leaders, to stay here and help carry out the vision for a new community.”

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