JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide professional association of the Missouri casino industry, invites high school students to compete for $7,000 in scholarships through the 18th annual Project 21 Scholarship program. Students enter by educating their peers on the issues of underage gambling through written essays, posters or videos.
Deadline dates for the scholarship application process are earlier this year. Entries must be published or displayed at the student’s high school for at least one full week between December 1, 2013 and February 15, 2014. Scholarship entries must be submitted to the Missouri Gaming Assocation by March 1, 2013.
The Project 21 scholarship program encourages students to educate their peers on the illegality and dangers of underage gambling. Scholarship applicants must write and publish an original essay or article in the school newspaper, or create a poster or video and display it at their high school for at least one full week.
“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 www.missouricasinos.org.
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 www.missouricasinos.org 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 www.missouricasinos.org.