Governor Nixon announced some dramatic budget cuts last week (Thursday) in Springfield. Of those cuts, he stated that scholarships would be eliminated. In a recent Columbia Tribune article entitled "Governor targets scholarships for elimination," by Terry Ganey on Friday, March 12, 2010, Nixon's office stated the following.
Jack Cardetti, a spokesman for Nixon’s office, said today the governor was proposing to eliminate private college scholarship money for both the Bright Flight program for high achievers and Access Missouri for need-based students. Cardetti said the savings would be in the neighborhood of $50 million a year. The complete story can be found in the Tribune story online.
Currently, Columbia College has 1,823 students (in Missouri) who receive Access grant and/or Bright Flight funding, who would be impacted should the proposed cuts be approved. Provided below is a statement from Columbia College regarding the proposed budget cuts. For more information, please contact Public Relations at 573-875-7208.
- Columbia College statement RE: Recent proposed budget cuts
March 17, 2010
Columbia College improves the lives of diverse learners through exemplary teaching.
Currently 1,823 Columbia College students receive funding so that they can pursue a quality education and ultimately better their lives. Without the proper support, these students will not be able to fulfill their educational dreams.
We believe a healthy higher education landscape will not only benefit our students but students, statewide, in need of financial support. It is our duty as educators to provide the necessary means to those students who want to learn and prosper in their professional and personal lives.