UMSL chancellor makes appeal for scholarship program

University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor Thomas George called on Friday for supporters of the university to back an ambitious college scholarship program.

Known as the Missouri Promise, the program would cover most or all of the cost of tuition and fees for students who had a 3.0 grade point average in high school, performed community service and continued to receive high marks in college.

Supporters have said an increase in the state’s tobacco tax, which is currently the nation’s lowest, could cover the cost of the program.

Conceived of by Missouri treasurer and UMSL alum Clint Zweifel, the Missouri Promise has the backing of University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.

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