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Six Missouri Students Win Scholarships From Missouri Gaming Association


JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Six Missouri high school seniors have been selected to receive college scholarships through the 19th annual 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, 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 2015 Project 21 winners are:

$1,500 Scholarship Winners
Jacob Hobbs
City: Troy, MO
High School: Troy Buchanan High School
College Attending: Truman State University
Winning Entry: Poster

Tessa Mills

City: Cleveland, MO
High School: Cass Midway High School
College Attending: Missouri State University – Springfield
Winning Entry: Article

$1,000 Scholarship Winners
Madelyn Elayne Jobe
City: California, MO
High School: California High School
College Attending: Truman State University
Winning Entry: Video

Samira Zantout
City: Kansas City, MO
High School: North Kansas City High School
College Attending: University of Missouri – Kansas City
Winning Entry: Article

Tania Contreras
City: Monett, MO
High School: Monett High School
College Attending: Lindenwood University
Winning Entry: Article

Cameron O. Miller
City: Blue Springs, MO
High School: Blue Springs South High School
College Attending: University of Central Missouri
Winning Entry: Article

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 increase awareness of the economic benefits of casinos in Missouri. For more information, visit

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