JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Madelyn Elayne Jobe of California, MO, a senior at California High School, is one of six students in Missouri to win the 19th annual Project 21 Scholarship competition sponsored by the Missouri Gaming Association, the professional organization representing casino operators in Missouri.
Jobe created a video titled “A Threatening Road: Underage Gambling.”
She will receive a $1,000 Project 21 scholarship towards tuition at Truman State University. She plans to study accounting with a minor in agricultural business.
“I was really surprised with the amount of students who are already addicted to gambling at such a young age,” said Jobe. “I found that even people in my own town were addicted,” said Jobe whose video was shown in several classes and during a lunch presentation at her school.
The Missouri Gaming Association annually 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. 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 scholarship requires students to create essays, posters or videos on the illegality and dangers of underage gambling and publish or display them in their schools 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.
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 www.missouricasinos.org.