Casinos Benefit Missouri
Casinos Benefit Missouri

Students educate peers about the danger of underage gambling through Missouri Gaming Association’s Project 21 Scholarship competition


JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Students across Missouri are writing essays, producing videos and creating posters to educate their peers on the illegality and danger of underage gambling, in competition for $7,000 in scholarships in the Missouri Gaming Association’s 18th annual Project 21 Scholarship program.

The statewide professional association of the Missouri casino industry invites high school students to enter the scholarship competition by creating original messages and publishing or displaying them at their high school for at least one full week between December 1, 2013 and February 15, 2014.

Deadline dates for the scholarship application process are earlier this year. Entries must be Scholarship entries must be submitted to the Missouri Gaming Assocation by March 1, 2014.

“In Missouri, 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. “The goal of Project 21 is to educate our youth about the illegality, risks and legal consequences of underage gambling.”

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. 
The Missouri Gaming Association will award two $1,500 scholarships and four $1,000 scholarships. A copy of the contest application and guidelines is available at

Seniors attending Missouri high schools whose parents are casino employees are eligible for the Project 21 scholarships, provided the 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 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 30, 2014 and scholarships will be awarded by April 15, 2014.

The Missouri Gaming Association is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry and 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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