Kason Newman , a 19-year-old student at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, was selected as the grand-prize winner in the Missouri Lottery’s “Tools 4 School: The A+ Giveaway” promotion. In a random drawing held April 16 from a field of current and former A+ recipients who entered the promotion, Newman won $2,500. Additionally, three first-prize winners won $1,000 in prize money, and three second-prize winners won $400 to put toward a laptop or other school essentials.
The Missouri Lottery, which currently contributes 74 percent of the funding for Missouri’s A+ scholarships for FY12, conducted the special prize drawing as a way to highlight the high level of student achievement required to participate in the A+ Scholarship Program.
“I wouldn’t have been able to go to college without taking out a lot of loans if it weren’t for the A+ Program,” Newman said. “This program allowed me to pursue dreams that might not have been possible and the opportunity to set reachable goals that not only benefit my life but others as well.”
Newman’s A+ participation allows him to attend OTC tuition-free, making the out-of-pocket cost for books and other school expenses much more manageable. Hailing from Lebanon, Newman is studying forensic chemistry.
Three first-place winners were also randomly selected during the drawing. Haley Protzman of Kansas City (a student at Metropolitan Community College - Maple Woods), Kassandra Deal of West Plains (a student at Missouri State University - West Plains) and Erika Calhoon of Grain Valley (a student at Metropolitan Community College - Longview) will each receive $1,000 to help with their school-related expenses.
In addition, three second-place winners were each awarded $400. Those prizes went to: Matthew Kowerduck of Noble (a student at Missouri State University - West Plains), and Elaine McAlister of Independence and Brendon Gerald of Raytown (both students at Metropolitan Community College - Longview)
Missouri’s A+ Scholarship Program, administered by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, has helped more than 61,000 students attend community college or a technical school since 1997. To date, 364 public high schools across the state have been designated as A+ Schools by the State Board of Education.