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Project 21 scholarship offered

The Missouri Gaming Association, the statewide professional association of the Missouri casino industry, is inviting high school seniors to enter the 22nd annual Project 21 scholarship competition. Two $1,500 first-prize scholarships and four $1,000 second-prize scholarships will be awarded.

The Project 21 scholarship program encourages students to learn and educate their peers on the illegality, dangers and consequences of underage gambling. Students must write and publish an original essay or article in the school newspaper, or create a poster or video. Entries must be published or displayed at the student’s high school for at least one full week between Dec. 1 and Feb. 15.

Entries will be judged for originality, content, style and educational value. The article, poster or video must focus on the issues and ramifications of underage gambling.

“We want students to know it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to gamble in a Missouri casino,” said Mike Winter, executive director of the Missouri Gaming Association. “We also want them to understand the dangers and consequences to youth of other types of underage gambling, such as card games and sports betting.”

The deadline for submitting Project 21 scholarship entries to the Missouri Gaming Association is March 1. The Project 21 scholarship application is available at missouricasinos.org or by calling (573) 634-4001. Winners will be announced by March 31 and scholarships will be awarded by April 15.

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