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Gov. Nixon Proposes Incentive for High-Achieving Students Who Stay, Work in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In an announcement on Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon revealed his plan to enhance Missouri’s Bright Flight scholarship program and encourage more high-achieving students to stay and work in Missouri after graduating from college.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In an announcement on Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon revealed his plan to enhance Missouri’s Bright Flight scholarship program and encourage more high-achieving students to stay and work in Missouri after graduating from college.

According to a statement, Nixon says that with an additional $15 million in his balanced budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015, Bright Flight Boost would offer Bright Flight scholars the option of receiving an additional $5,000 per year on the condition that they pursue employment in Missouri after they graduate.

To be eligible for Bright Flight Boost, students must be a Missouri resident and a United States citizen or permanent resident, and have a composite score on the ACT or SAT in the top 3 percent of all Missouri students taking those tests.

Bright Flight Boost will offer scholarship recipients the option of an additional $5,000 award each year for four years, if they commit to staying and working full-time in Missouri, after they've earned their college degree or credential, for each year that they received this additional award.

 If the graduate pursues employment outside of Missouri prior to the completion of their commitment, they would have to pay the remaining award back to the state.

"Making sure a college education is affordable continues to be a top priority of my administration,” says Nixon in the statement. "Through targeted investments like Bright Flight Boost, we will help more Missouri families send their kids to college and more students start their careers without a heavy burden of debt."

 
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