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Columbia College writes letters to Gov. Jay Nixon

Columbia College will host a letter-writing campaign for students to protest the proposed cuts to Access Missouri grant and Bright Flight scholarship programs for students attending independent colleges and universities in Missouri. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 in Atkins-Holman Student Commons on the Columbia College campus. �Currently 1,823 Columbia College students receive funding so that they may pursue a quality education and ultimately better their lives,� said Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College. �Without proper support, these students will not be able to fulfill their educational dreams.� Last month, Gov. Jay Nixon proposed the elimination of Access Missouri and Bright Flight scholarships to students attending independent institutions of higher education in Missouri. And the latest news reports indicate that Gov. Nixon is moving forward with this plan by seeking $50 million in cuts to independent college students receiving Access Missouri grants. This is patently unfair for students of working and lower-income Missouri families. Students will send their letters to Gov. Nixon with a signed banner in hopes that the Governor will understand the impact that his proposed cuts will have on financially deserving students and reconsider his decision. Additional letters will be sent to key legislators. A similar event will be held simultaneously at Stephens College 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Stamper Commons. Columbia College, a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 26,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit