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      Columbia College students write letters to save scholarships

      Columbia College administrators hosted a letter-writing campaign on Thursday to try and get the attention of Gove. Jay Nixon.

      Students signed petitions to protest the proposed cuts to Access Missouri Grant and Bright Flight Scholarship programs for students attending independent colleges and universities in Missouri.

      Students sent their letters to Nixon with a signed banner in hopes that the Governor will understand the impact of his proposed cuts.

      Columbia College students also sent additional letters to key Missouri legislators.

      I received the Bright Flight Scholarship which is very important to me," Columbia college student Sarah Huebotter said. "It TMs additional funding. Without that, I probably wouldn TMt be able to come to Columbia College.

      "We are trying to make known to the Governor our great concern about the potential defunding, if you will, of private higher education by limiting the Access Missouri and Bright Flight Scholarships to those who attend public institutions only, Columbia College President Gerald Brouder said.

      Stephens College students also held a similar petition signing event on their campus at the same time.

      Nixon said he is making some tough budget decisions while he plans to cut $50 million in state funding from independent college students receiving Access Missouri Grants and Bright Flight Scholarships.