Colten Tullos , an 18-year-old student at Missouri State University – West Plains, was selected as the grand-prize winner of $2,500 in the Missouri Lottery’s “Tools 4 School: The A+ Giveaway” promotion. The random drawing was held on April 15 from a field of current and former A+ recipients who entered the promotion. Three first-prize winners were also selected to win $1,000 in prize money, while three second-prize winners won $400 to put toward a laptop or other school essentials.
The Missouri Lottery, which currently contributes 66 percent of the funding for Missouri’s A+ scholarships for FY13, conducted the special prize drawing as a way to recognize and reward the dedication and hard work required to participate in the A+ Scholarship Program.
Tullos, who hails from Koshkonong, said that the program has helped him “pay for books and tuition, and it makes it easier to attend college to better myself.”
The three first-place winners of $1,000 were: Laura Riegel of Washington (a student at East Central College); Robert Rigby of Oak Grove (a student at Metropolitan Community College – Blue River); and Jaclyn Kettenacker of Eureka (a student at St. Louis Community College – Wildwood).
The three second-place winners awarded $400 were: Chelsey Thompson of Springfield (a student at Ozark Technical Community College); Shelby Simpson of Thayer (a student at Missouri State University – West Plains); and Blake Martin of Ozark (a student at Jefferson College).
Missouri’s A+ Scholarship Program is administered by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. To date, more than 400 public high schools across the state have been designated as A+ Schools by the State Board of Education.
Comments from the winners about how the A+ Program helped them further their education are also available on the promotion’s winner page.