On Thursday, April 18, Governor Jay Nixon visited La Plata High School to announce big news—that La Plata has made progress toward making A+ Scholarships available to every qualified student.
"The dream of an affordable college education should be within reach for all Missouri families," said Nixon. "That is why we have worked to expand the successful A+ schools program so that more students can earn these two-year scholarships and either continue their education at a four-year college or enter the workforce debt free."
The A+ program allows Missouri students to earn a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition and academic fees for two years at any public two-year community college or technical school in the state. In order to qualify, students must meet academic achievement standards, conduct and attendance requirements, and perform 50 hours of tutoring or mentoring service.
"This will be the first senior class to benefit from this program," said La Plata Principal Steve Safley. "It really is a good tool to encourage kids to continue their education and a great opportunity for our kids to benefit financially."
Gov. Nixon announced during his presentation that there are now 118 Missouri high schools, La Plata included, that recently received their A+ designation making 99 percent of Missouri's public high school students eligible for A+ scholarships.
"No matter what you are interested in, a post secondary degree allows for higher earnings and more rewarding career choices," said Nixon. "It is really simple. The more educated you are, the better opportunities you have in life. The leaders of tomorrow are right here, right now, today. These teachers in this school want to provide you with every tool possible to be one of the great leaders in your family, in your life and for the years to come."