JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Gaming Association is the statewide professional association of the Missouri Casino industry. They are inviting all Missouri high school seniors to enter the 28th annual Project 21 scholarship. The Project 21 scholarship program encourages students to learn and educate their peers about the illegality, dangers, and consequences 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 order to enter, students must write and publish an original essay or article in the school newspaper, or create a poster or video. The article, poster, or video must focus on the issues and ramifications of underage gambling. Entries must be published or displayed at the student’s high school for at least one full week between Dec. 1, 2023, and Feb. 15, 2024. Entries will be judged for originality, content, style, and educational value.
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.
There is money involved for the winners. The first-place winner will receive a $2500 scholarship. Three $1500 second-place scholarships will also be awarded.
The deadline for submitting Project 21 scholarship entries to the Missouri Gaming Association is Mar. 1, 2024. The scholarship application and guidelines are available for download at www.missouricasinos.org or https://bit.ly/MGA-Project21-2024. Winners will be announced by Mar. 31, 2024, and scholarships will be awarded by Apr. 15, 2024.