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    The OTC Foundation has agreed to assist graduates who participated in A+ scholarship programs in area school districts with up to $25,000 in light of an A+ scholarship shortfall.

    According to Ozark Technical Community College Chancellor Hal Higdon, this should be a “one-time shortfall” for the program which began 21 years ago.

    “We don’t anticipate needing it anymore,” Higdon said.

    However, the money will not be replenished.

    “Once it’s gone, it’s gone,” Higdon said.

    Hollister School District Superintendent Brian Wilson said the A+ program focuses on three areas for students: attendance, accumulative GPA and citizenship.

    “The premise behind that was to increase the education across the state of Missouri,” Wilson said.

    “We are extremely grateful to the OTC Foundation for helping our A+ scholarship students achieve access to the education promised to them,” Higdon said in a press release. “The state of Missouri made this promise to our students several years ago. I’m hopeful the legislature and governor will fully fund the program before April so these OTC Foundation funds can be allocated toward unrestricted scholarships.”

    For more information about A+ eligibility and scholarships, visit otc.edu/financialaid/aplus.php. Registration for OTC’s spring 2015 semester ends Jan. 14, according to a press release.

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