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Drury University has partnered with Edward Jones to announce a new scholarship program for minority students. KSMU's Emily Nash was at the announcement and files this report.
Starting in Fall 2008, the Edward Jones Minority Scholarship gives ten minority students ten thousand dollars a year toward their education at Drury University.
Emily Pitts is the Principal for inclusion and diversity at Edward Jones.
She says she hopes this scholarship will encourage minorities to pursue a degree in entrepreneurship.
Students who are selected for the scholarship will have the chance to participate in sales training activities and internship opportunities with Edward Jones.
Pitts says, the students who receive the scholarship, will also have a leader in the community mentor them through college.
Pitts says it's especially important to offer scholarships and aid to minority students now.
Noreka Thomas is a senior at Hillcrest High School and wants to peruse a degree in criminal justice.
She has already applied for the scholarship and says it will bring more diversity to the education system, but more importantly to the community.
Candidates must meet the requirements to be accepted into Drury and will be selected through an application process.
Minority students from all over the nation are allowed to apply, however the scholarship will give priority to students in the southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area.