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Missouri Law Can’t Block Scholarships for Undocumented Immigrant Students, Education Officials Say

Missouri educators say they won’t let language inserted in an appropriations bill prevent them from awarding A+ scholarships to qualified students. In a memo sent Thursday to college presidents, chancellors and directors, Missouri Department of Higher Education Commissioner David Russell said language in the title or preamble of a recently passed higher education appropriations bill “has no legal authority to withhold scholarship awards from otherwise eligible students.”