Missouri Western will expand its scholarship for A+ certified high school graduates from Missouri.

“A+ students are committed to their education and good citizens of their community, and they have a lot to contribute to the vitality of our campus,” said Dr. Melissa Mace, vice president for enrollment management.

Missouri students who are A+ certified have attended a designated high school with a minimum grade point average of 2.5, an attendance record of at least 95 percent, performed at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring, maintained a record of good citizenship by avoiding illegal drug and alcohol use, and achieved a score of proficient or advanced on an end-of-course exam in mathematics.

Those students will receive an A+  scholarship of at least $500 per year, with additional scholarship amounts earned based on performance on the ACT/SAT (up to $850 A+ scholarship dollars per academic year). Students who earn the A+ certified stamp on their transcript are also eligible for Missouri Western’s Griffon Guarantee Scholarship, so their scholarship will grow as long as they remain enrolled full time with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

The expansion of Missouri Western’s A+ Scholarship was in response to conversations that Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, interim president, had with guidance counselors from area high schools.