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New online tool connects students to scholarships

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A new search tool on myscholarshipcentral.org is striving to make it easier for stu- dents in Missouri and the bi-state regions of St. Louis and Kansas City to search for online scholarships.

With the new functionality, college-bound students use a map to quickly identify scholarship providers serving their area, review application criteria and apply directly with the scholarship provider.

The free-to-use, nonprofit website is a collaboration of over 50 scholarship providers whose scholarships are listed on My Scholarship Central. Students can easily search for scholarships throughout Missouri and in Illinois and Kansas communities adjacent to St. Louis and Kansas City. The DeBruce Foundation and the Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation, an organization that supports Missouri students attending Missouri higher education institutions, funded this new search functionality.

“With rising tuition costs and other types of financial aid stagnant or declining, scholarships can fill the gap,” Melissa Findley, executive director of the Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation, said. “With the revamped website students may find multiple scholarships for which they are eligible. It is a win-win for everyone involved for students to have access to scholarships and ultimately higher education.”

Since 2011, private scholarship providers have awarded more than $50 million in scholarships and interest free loans through My Scholarship Central. Over 9,000 students annually use the site to find scholarships, and this number is expected to grow with the new search functionality.

“Putting in place a user-friendly tool that delivers scholarship information in seconds will help facilitate applications,” said Robin Smith, senior director of The DeBruce Foundation, a national organization with a mission of expanding pathways to economic growth and opportunity.

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