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MSSU Changes Scholarship Plan to Attract Achievers

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CARL JUNCTION, MISSOURI -   Missouri Southern State University is revamping its scholarship plan to attract and reward incoming students and hoping to compete.

“Wherever you go,” sings senior Clayton Sloniker.

Clayton Sloniker is going to Missouri Southern after graduation from Carl junction high school. He qualified for an A-plus scholarship.  And with the policy change that can now be combined or stacked with other awards from the university.

Clayton says, “I was ecstatic. Hearing that it made it so much nicer.  Hearing that now i have two scholarships  to go there and it makes it so much easier financially.”

Clayton plans to go to medical school after Southern,  while Ashley Fox will study psychology. Successful, and  driven students southern wants to lure with scholarships. Ashley says, “I've got two so it really  covers the majority of my first four years which really helps a lot. t will just  make it a lot easier and its already a good school.”

Plus students can now use those institutional scholarships to pay any school bills.

 Financial Aid Director Becca Diskin says, “It gives them a broader ability to reduce their bill.”

Clayton says, “I can pay for books, other things available sometimes other fees university's have can use it for that too.”

The university hopes giving students more flexibility with their funds  can improve retention rates and increase enrollment.

Diskin says, “Anything that drops off the bottom line is gonna help the family and  overall plan for paying for college.”

High school counselors say it's a good strategy. “I think definitely. Missouri Southern is already one of the most affordable schools that we have in the area.  Just even giving students more  access to scholarship money is gonna make it all that more attractive to our seniors,” says Adam Neldeberg.

Diskin adds, “We're hoping these awards, now that they are combined with another academic award, will  allow a greater competitive edge for us in competition with other school that are looking  at the same students.”

When it comes to Clayton  and Ashley MSSU scored a win.

Another change in the scholarship plan affects transfer students. It

allows qualified transfer students to combine the phi theta kappa scholarships with other transfer scholarships.
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