JWCC Launches Missouri Plus Scholarship Program

Pilot Program Created to Attract and Retain Area Students to Meet Tri-state Workforce Needs

Missouri high school students living in counties neighboring John Wood Community College who cross the river to work or for shopping, dining and entertainment will now have another incentive to make the trip.  

This fall, 2018 high school graduates from the Missouri counties of Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Scotland, Knox, Shelby and Monroe will receive JWCC’s new Missouri Plus Scholarship based on the number of classroom-based credit hours in which they enroll.  For example, a student taking 32 credit hours per year will receive a JWCC Missouri Plus Scholarship of $3520. Students taking more or less than 32 credit hours a year will receive a $110 scholarship per credit hour taken.   

The scholarship is applied to JWCC’s out-of-district tuition rate, and provides a 40 percent savings to Missouri high school students in selected counties. 

“This opportunity is part of the ongoing effort to take down state lines for the betterment of the Tri-state area’s economy,” Michael Elbe, JWCC president said. “We need to view the region as a whole so we can address education and workforce gaps. The Tri-state area has more career openings for healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, distribution, logistics and agriculture professionals than trained individuals and college graduates to fill them,” Elbe said.  “So we need to think more broadly to educate high school students about these promising pathways and encourage them to stay in the region.  The Missouri Plus Scholarship is a step in that direction.”

John Wood offers programs in a wide range of two year programs to prepare students for transfer to four-year universities as well as career/technical programs in healthcare, agriculture and manufacturing and many more to help fill workforce needs in the immediate Illinois, Missouri and Iowa region.  For many Northeast Missouri students, John Wood is the closest two-year educational provider for the majority of career, technical and healthcare programs.

JWCC already offers a similar tuition scholarship for adults who work in Illinois, but live in Missouri.

“Hundreds of Missourians work in Quincy and surrounding communities and we recognize that they contribute to the Tri-state economy, which is why we already offer a similar scholarship program for adults working in Illinois,” Elbe said.  We want to share that opportunity with high school graduates as well and hope the pilot program proves successful.”

The Missouri Plus Scholarship only requires residence in the selected counties and enrollment in JWCC within one year of high school graduation beginning with the class of 2018. After entering JWCC, students must be continuously enrolled in a part-time or full-time capacity.  Qualifying students may claim their scholarship and receive more information at www.jwcc.edu/plus.

Faith Pettitt of Palmyra is in her last semester of JWCC’s nursing program and feels the new scholarship adds to JWCC’s value.

“Even though John Wood was out-of-state for me, it was still the most affordable option,” she shared. “Now with the Missouri Plus Scholarship, it will be even more affordable and I think there will be a lot more students crossing the river.”

During the 2016-17 academic year JWCC enrolled 20 Missouri high school students 116 adult students.

More information is available from Paul Sulser, JWCC Missouri admissions advisor, at psulser@jwcc.edu or 217.641.4338.

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

Learn more at: www.jwcc.edu.