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Missouri Gaming Association’s Project 21 Scholarship Applications Now Available

October 11, 2017
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Entry Deadline March 1, 2018
 
JEFFERSON CITY, MO  The Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide professional association of the Missouri casino industry, is inviting high school seniors to enter the 22nd annual Project 21 scholarship competition. Two $1,500 first prize scholarships and four $1,000 second prize scholarships will be awarded.
 
The deadline for submitting Project 21 scholarship entries to the Missouri Gaming Association is March 1, 2018. The scholarship application and guidelines is available for download at www.missouricasinos.org or http://bit.ly/MGA_2018_Project21.
 
The Project 21 scholarship program encourages students to learn and educate their peers on the illegality, dangers and consequences of underage gambling. Students must write and publish an original essay or article in the school newspaper, or create a poster or video. Entries must be published or displayed at the student’s high school for at least one full week between December 1, 2017 and February 15, 2018.
 
Entries will be judged for originality, content, style and educational value. The article, poster or video must focus on the issues and ramifications of underage gambling.
 
“We want students to know it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to gamble in a Missouri casino,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. “We also want them to understand the dangers and consequences to youth of other types of underage gambling, such as card games and sports betting.”
 
The Project 21 Scholarship competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation.
 
All Missouri high school seniors, including those whose parents are casino employees, are eligible for the Project 21 scholarships, provided their parent is not a Missouri Gaming Association officer or a Project 21 Executive Committee member. High school seniors employed part-time (less than 32 hours per week) by a Missouri casino also are eligible.
 
The Project 21 scholarship application is available at http://www.missouricasinos.org or by calling (573) 634-4001. Written requests for applications can be sent to PO Box 305, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Winners will be announced by March 31, 2018 and scholarships will be awarded by April 15, 2018.
 
ABOUT MISSOURI GAMING ASSOCIATION
The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry. Founded in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association works to promote responsible gaming and increase awareness of the economic benefits of casinos in Missouri. The MGA and its casino company members sponsor year-round responsible gaming programs including the 1-888-BETSOFF crisis line and referral service, Project 21 scholarship competition, and Responsible Gaming Awareness Week. For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.
 
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Missouri casinos promote Responsible Gaming Education Week July 31 through August 4

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri casinos and their employees are partnering with the American Gaming Association to celebrate the casino industry’s 20th annual Responsible Gaming Education Week, July 31 through August 4, 2017.

Responsible Gaming Education Week was created by the American Gaming Association in 1998 to increase awareness of problem gambling issues and promote responsible gaming practices nationwide. The event is part of a year-round focus on responsible gaming education for patrons and employees.

Casinos across Missouri will sponsor activities, provide free educational materials and promote responsible gaming during Responsible Gaming Education Week. Free brochures including “Play Responsibly,” “Get to Know Slot Machines,” “Understand the Odds,” and “Responsible Player Guidelines and Characteristics” are available at many casinos.

“Responsible gaming is an ongoing priority of our Missouri casino employees, from top executives to front-line team members,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. “During Responsible Gaming Education Week, our casinos expand on the work they do every day to inform employees and patrons about the issue.”

The Missouri Gaming Association and its casino company members sponsor and fund year-round programs to address responsible gaming issues. Every Missouri casino property has a designated employee who serves as the director of responsible gaming programs for that location. Missouri’s ongoing responsible gaming programs include:
• 1-888-BETSOFF – a statewide telephone crisis line and referral service for problem gambling.
• Project 21 – a scholarship competition that addresses underage gambling;
• Operation Bet Smart – an awareness program that focuses on compulsive gambling;
• Alcohol Awareness Programs – promote responsible consumption of alcohol.

The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry. Founded in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association works to promote responsible gaming and increase awareness of the economic benefits of casinos in Missouri. For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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Six Missouri students win scholarships from Missouri Gaming Association in 21st annual Project 21 competition

  
Click image to view high res version, then right click to download – $1,500 scholarship winners Reese Peyton Wood, Pierce Simmons

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Six Missouri 2017 high school graduates have been selected to receive college scholarships through the 21stannual Project 21 Scholarship competition sponsored by the Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide professional association of the Missouri casino industry.

The Missouri Gaming Association awards two $1,500 scholarships and four $1,000 scholarships, which are jointly issued to the winners and the accredited institutions of higher education they select.

The Project 21 Scholarship was developed to educate young people about the issues and dangers of underage gambling. The competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation.

In Missouri, it’s illegal for persons under the age of 21 to gamble in a casino. The students were asked to create an essay/article, poster or video aimed at educating their peers about the illegality and dangers of underage gambling. The entries were published or viewed in the students’ high schools in February or March, to help educate other students.

“We know that young people are influenced by their peers, so Project 21 encourages them to learn about the issues of underage gambling and share that information with their classmates,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association.

Statewide, the 2017 Project 21 winners are:

$1,500 Scholarship Winners
Pierce Simmons of Washington, MO
Washington High School
Poster – Make Your Life a Celebration

Reese Peyton Wood of Clarksburg, MO
Tipton High School
Poster – 21+ Is A Must

$1,000 Scholarship Winners
Muhammad Alasgarli of O’Fallon, MO
Liberty High School
Article – Heads Up! Know Why Underage Gambling Can Lead To A Bad Beat

Jillian Hackney of Carl Junction, MO
Carl Junction High School
Video – Underage Gambling

Alexis Liszewski of St. Paul, MO
St. Dominic High School
Poster – All Bets Are Off

Mikayla Cowan of Higginsville, MO
Home Schooled
Article – Underage Gambling And Its Consequences

The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry. Founded in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association works to promote responsible gaming and increase awareness of the economic benefits of casinos in Missouri. The MGA and its casino company members sponsor year-round responsible gaming programs including the 1-888-BETSOFF crisis line and referral service, Project 21 scholarship competition, and Responsible Gaming Awareness Week. For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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Washington Student Wins Scholarship From Missouri Gaming Association

  
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JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI – Pierce Simmons of Washington, MO, a senior at Washington High School, is one of six students in Missouri to win the 21st annual Project 21 Scholarship competition sponsored by the Missouri Gaming Association, the professional organization representing casino operators in Missouri. Simmons will receive a $1,500 scholarship towards tuition at East Central College and has plans for a career in graphic design.

Simmons submitted a poster and essay “Make Your Life a Celebration: Wait Until 21 to Gamble.”

“Children are very observant and impressionable,” said Simmons. “Even innocent fun such as playing games on cell phones can introduce them to a subtle dose of gambling, with the same emotional responses of excitement and stress.”

The Project 21 Scholarship was developed to educate young people about the issues and dangers of underage gambling. In Missouri, it’s illegal for persons under the age of 21 to gamble in a casino. The competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation.

The students were asked to create an essay/article, poster or video aimed at educating their peers about the illegality and dangers of underage gambling. The entries were published or viewed in the students’ high schools in January or February to help educate other students.

The Missouri Gaming Association awards two $1,500 scholarships and four $1,000 scholarships, jointly issued to the winners and the accredited institutions of higher education they select.

“The Missouri casino industry is dedicated to education in our state, both through the education funding from gaming tax revenues and through awareness efforts like Project 21,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association.  “Young people are influenced mostly by what they hear from their peers, so Project 21 encourages students to learn about the issues of underage gambling and to share that information with their classmates.”

The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry and its related professionals.  Formed in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association provides research and information to increase awareness of the economic benefits of Missouri’s casinos.  For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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Clarksburg Student Wins Scholarship From Missouri Gaming Association

  
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JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI Reese Peyton Wood of Clarksburg, MO, a senior at Tipton High School, is one of six students in Missouri to win the 21st annual Project 21 Scholarship competition sponsored by the Missouri Gaming Association, the professional organization representing casino operators in Missouri. Wood will receive a $1,500 scholarship towards tuition at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO.

Wood submitted a poster and essay “You’re Not Ready Yet – 21+ Is A Must” which point out the damage underage gambling can do to the brain.

“I’m interested in a career in nursing, so I was fascinated by how underage gambling can actually change the developing brain,” said Wood. “If teenagers start gambling with early wins, they can stunt the part of the brain that decides how much effort you’re willing to put forth to achieve a goal. Their brains may develop to expect little effort for great rewards.”

The Project 21 Scholarship was developed to educate young people about the issues and dangers of underage gambling. In Missouri, it’s illegal for persons under the age of 21 to gamble in a casino. The competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation.

The students were asked to create an essay/article, poster or video aimed at educating their peers about the illegality and dangers of underage gambling. The entries were published or viewed in the students’ high schools in January or February to help educate other students.

The Missouri Gaming Association awards two $1,500 scholarships and four $1,000 scholarships, jointly issued to the winners and the accredited institutions of higher education they select.

“The Missouri casino industry is dedicated to education in our state, both through the education funding from gaming tax revenues and through awareness efforts like Project 21,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association.  “Young people are influenced mostly by what they hear from their peers, so Project 21 encourages students to learn about the issues of underage gambling and to share that information with their classmates.”

The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry and its related professionals.  Formed in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association provides research and information to increase awareness of the economic benefits of Missouri’s casinos.  For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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Mary Schanuel
mschanuel@synergy-pr.com
Synergy Group
314.961.9772



O’Fallon, MO, Student Wins Scholarship From Missouri Gaming Association


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JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI – Muhammad Alasgarli of O’Fallon, MO a senior at Liberty High School, is one of six students in Missouri to win the 21st annual Project 21 Scholarship competition sponsored by the Missouri Gaming Association, the professional organization representing casino operators in Missouri. Alasgarli will receive a $1,000 scholarship towards tuition at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Alasgarli submitted an article “Heads Up! Know Why Underage Gambling Can Lead To A Bad Beat,” which was published in his school newspaper.

“With strict entrance and cash-out security checks, casinos in Missouri enforce underage gambling laws well,” said Alasgarli. “But surprisingly, most underage gambling doesn’t take place in casinos, speakeasies or underground basements. They occur on the web, where online underage gambling is rapidly becoming an issue. Starting young can lead to gambling addiction.”

The Project 21 Scholarship was developed to educate young people about the issues and dangers of underage gambling. In Missouri, it’s illegal for persons under the age of 21 to gamble in a casino. The competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation.

The students were asked to create an essay/article, poster or video aimed at educating their peers about the illegality and dangers of underage gambling. The entries were published or viewed in the students’ high schools in January or February to help educate other students.

The Missouri Gaming Association awards two $1,500 scholarships and four $1,000 scholarships, jointly issued to the winners and the accredited institutions of higher education they select.

“The Missouri casino industry is dedicated to education in our state, both through the education funding from gaming tax revenues and through awareness efforts like Project 21,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association.  “Young people are influenced mostly by what they hear from their peers, so Project 21 encourages students to learn about the issues of underage gambling and to share that information with their classmates.”

The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry and its related professionals.  Formed in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association provides research and information to increase awareness of the economic benefits of Missouri’s casinos.  For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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Mary Schanuel
mschanuel@synergy-pr.com
Synergy Group
314.961.9772



Higginsville Student Wins Scholarship From Missouri Gaming Association


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JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI – Mikayla Cowan of Higginsville, a home-schooled high school senior, is one of six students in Missouri to win the 21st annual Project 21 Scholarship competition sponsored by the Missouri Gaming Association, the professional organization representing casino operators in Missouri. Cowan will receive a $1,000 scholarship towards tuition at University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.

Cowan submitted an article titled “Underage Gambling And Its Consequences,” which detailed the ramifications of underage gambling.

“I learned that when a person under the legal age starts to gamble, their brain is more likely to develop a need for the high of gambling and an increased risk of addiction,” said Cowan.

The Project 21 Scholarship was developed to educate young people about the issues and dangers of underage gambling. In Missouri, it’s illegal for persons under the age of 21 to gamble in a casino. The competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation.

The students were asked to create an essay/article, poster or video aimed at educating their peers about the illegality and dangers of underage gambling. The entries were published or viewed in the students’ high schools in January or February to help educate other students.

The Missouri Gaming Association awards two $1,500 scholarships and four $1,000 scholarships, jointly issued to the winners and the accredited institutions of higher education they select.

“The Missouri casino industry is dedicated to education in our state, both through the education funding from gaming tax revenues and through awareness efforts like Project 21,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association.  “Young people are influenced mostly by what they hear from their peers, so Project 21 encourages students to learn about the issues of underage gambling and to share that information with their classmates.”

The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry and its related professionals.  Formed in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association provides research and information to increase awareness of the economic benefits of Missouri’s casinos.  For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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Mary Schanuel
mschanuel@synergy-pr.com
Synergy Group
314.961.9772



Carl Junction Student Wins Scholarship From Missouri Gaming


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JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI – Jillian Hackney of Carl Junction, a senior at Carl Junction High School, is one of six students in Missouri to win the 21st annual Project 21 Scholarship competition sponsored by the Missouri Gaming Association, the professional organization representing casino operators in Missouri. Hackney will receive a $1,000 scholarship towards tuition at Missouri Southern State University, where she will study biology.
Hackney produced a video titled “Underage Gambling,” which details the dangers of underage gambling, including online and app gambling.

“I was surprised to learn how frequently kids my age get involved in gambling,” said Hackney.

The Project 21 Scholarship was developed to educate young people about the issues and dangers of underage gambling. In Missouri, it’s illegal for persons under the age of 21 to gamble in a casino. The competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation.

The students were asked to create an essay/article, poster or video aimed at educating their peers about the illegality and dangers of underage gambling. The entries were published or viewed in the students’ high schools in January or February to help educate other students.

The Missouri Gaming Association awards two $1,500 scholarships and four $1,000 scholarships, jointly issued to the winners and the accredited institutions of higher education they select.

“The Missouri casino industry is dedicated to education in our state, both through the education funding from gaming tax revenues and through awareness efforts like Project 21,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association.  “Young people are influenced mostly by what they hear from their peers, so Project 21 encourages students to learn about the issues of underage gambling and to share that information with their classmates.

The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry and its related professionals.  Formed in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association provides research and information to increase awareness of the economic benefits of Missouri’s casinos.  For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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314.961.9772



St. Paul Student Wins Scholarship From Missouri Gaming Association

  
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JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI – Alexis Liszewski of St. Paul, a senior at St. Dominic High School, is one of six students in Missouri to win the 21st annual Project 21 Scholarship competition sponsored by the Missouri Gaming Association, the professional organization representing casino operators in Missouri. Liszewski will receive a $1,000 scholarship towards tuition at Groucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.

Liszewski created a poster and essay titled “All Bets Are Off,” which details the risks and consequences of underage gambling.

“Teens who gamble are more likely to develop addictions, smoke, drink alcohol, do illegal drugs and commit petty crimes,” said Liszewski. “Gambling can negatively affect every aspect of a teen’s life.”

The Project 21 Scholarship was developed to educate young people about the issues and dangers of underage gambling. In Missouri, it’s illegal for persons under the age of 21 to gamble in a casino. The competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation.

The students were asked to create an essay/article, poster or video aimed at educating their peers about the illegality and dangers of underage gambling. The entries were published or viewed in the students’ high schools in January or February to help educate other students.

The Missouri Gaming Association awards two $1,500 scholarships and four $1,000 scholarships, jointly issued to the winners and the accredited institutions of higher education they select.

“The Missouri casino industry is dedicated to education in our state, both through the education funding from gaming tax revenues and through awareness efforts like Project 21,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association.  “Young people are influenced mostly by what they hear from their peers, so Project 21 encourages students to learn about the issues of underage gambling and to share that information with their classmates.”

The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry and its related professionals.  Formed in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association provides research and information to increase awareness of the economic benefits of Missouri’s casinos.  For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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Synergy Group
314.961.9772



Missouri Gaming Association’s Project 21 Scholarship Deadline is March 1

January 18, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The entry deadline for the Missouri Gaming Association’s 21st annual Project 21 scholarship is March 1, 2017. The Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide professional association of the Missouri casino industry, invites Missouri high school seniors to compete for two $1,500 first prize scholarships and four $1,000 second prize scholarships. The scholarship application and guidelines is available for download at www.missouricasinos.org or bit.ly/MGA_Project21_2017.

The Project 21 scholarship program encourages students to educate their peers on the illegality, dangers and consequences of underage gambling. Students must write and publish an original essay or article in the school newspaper, or create a poster or video. Entries must be published or displayed at the student’s high school for at least one full week between December 1, 2016 and February 15, 2017.

Entries will be judged for originality, content, style and educational value. The article, poster or video must focus on the issues and ramifications of underage gambling.

“We want students to know it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to gamble in a Missouri casino,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. “We also want them to understand the dangers and consequences of other types of underage gambling, such as card games and sports betting.”

The Project 21 Scholarship competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education in the United States within four years of graduation.

All Missouri high school seniors, including those whose parents are casino employees, are eligible for the Project 21 scholarships, provided their parent is not a Missouri Gaming Association officer or a Project 21 Executive Committee member. High school seniors employed part-time (less than 32 hours per week) by a Missouri casino also are eligible.

The Project 21 scholarship application is available at www.missouricasinos.org or by calling (573) 634-4001. Written requests for applications can be sent to PO Box 305, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Winners will be announced by March 31, 2017 and scholarships will be awarded by April 15, 2017.

ABOUT MISSOURI GAMING ASSOCIATION
The Missouri Gaming Association (MGA) is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry. Founded in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association works to promote responsible gaming and increase awareness of the economic benefits of casinos in Missouri. The MGA and its casino company members sponsor year-round responsible gaming programs including the 1-888-BETSOFF crisis line and referral service, Project 21 scholarship competition, and Responsible Gaming Awareness Week. For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.

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Synergy Group
314.961.9772



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