FULTON, Mo. (AP) - Students at William Woods University who receive state-funded scholarships have asked the governor not to use the money to balance the Missouri budget.
During a meeting this past week, students complained that the governor's proposal to eliminate scholarship funding for private university students is discriminatory. They told The Fulton Sun it would make Missouri the only state in the nation that denies state scholarship funds to students who attend private colleges and universities.
Gov. Jay Nixon has proposed $50 million in cuts to programs like Access Missouri and Bright Flight, but only for nonpublic colleges and universities. The governor has said the cuts are necessary because of an estimated $500-million budget shortfall going into the next fiscal year.