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Scholarships Slashed

April 22, 2002
By: Danielle Douglas
State Capital Bureau

The Appropriation committee chairman defends recent cuts to Missouri's Bright Flight Scholarships.

Danielle Douglas has more from Jefferson City.

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More than 8-thousand of Missouri's brightest students may face cuts in their scholarships.

Last week, the Senate appropriation committee voted to reduce the $2,000 annual award by 10 percent.

Committee chairman John Russell says Bright Flight scholars will still be able to qualify for scholarships offered through their school.

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OutCue: "...for Bright Flight"
Contents: Russell says Bright Flight students may not feel the 10 percent cut as much since they qualify for other money from their schools.

Bright Flight scholarships are awarded to Missouri high school students who receive a 30 or higher on thier ACT and maintain a 2.0 at a Missouri public school.


A tight budget may mean cuts from one of Missouri's most prestigious scholarships.

Danielle Douglas has more from Jefferson City.

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University of Missouri Bright Flight scholars will pay more in tuition next year, but may see less in scholarship money.

Recent cuts by the Senate Appropriation committee will reduce the annual award by 2-hundred dollars.

Chairman John Russell says the cuts are necessary in these troubled budget times.

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Contents: Senator Russell says he understands the considerable costs in going to college, but something cuts must be made.

The cuts will free up $1.6 million dollars to enter a general revenue fund for higher education.


The Appropriation Committee found 1.6 million dollars...yet prestigious scholarships were its source.

Danielle Douglas has details from Jefferson City.

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Bright Flight scholarships are among Missouri's most coveted awards.

High school students must receive a 30 or higher on the ACT even to qualify.

Critics say the recent 10 percent cut in the scholarship may force the brightest students to leave the state.

Appropriation Committee chairman says the cuts are an unfortunate necessity.

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OutCue: "...substantially reduce them"
Contents: Russell says the cuts are needed--it isn't the committee's intention to reduce or eliminate scholarships.

Over 8 thousand students now receive the scholarship.