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Seven Missouri Students Win Scholarships From Missouri Gaming Association

JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI – Seven Missouri high school seniors have been selected to receive college scholarships through the 17th annual Project 21 Scholarship competition sponsored by the Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide professional association of the Missouri casino industry. Scholarship checks will be awarded this month.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.

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 we designed Project 21 to help students learn about the issues of underage gambling and share that information with their classmates.”

Statewide, the 2013 Project 21 winners are:

$1,500 Scholarship Winners
Nathalie C. Moulder
Tipton High School
Article – Risks of Underage Gambling

Bailey Smith
Lee’s Summit High School
Lee’s Summit

$1,000 Scholarship Winners
Izaak Mohling and Erica N. Martin (co-entry)
Stockton R-1 High School

Zachary Reger
Kirksville Senior High School

Kaitlin Nance
Cass Midway High School

Cheyenne Keck
Dixon R-1 High School
Article – Gambling Underage: An Unaddressed Problem

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

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