Southeast Announces Map Achievement Scholarship

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

May 10, 2005 – Southeast Missouri State University and superintendents of high schools across Southeast Missouri today announced the establishment of the MAP Achievement Scholarship at Southeast Missouri State.

The scholarship will be awarded for the first time beginning with the high school graduating class of 2006 and will take effect with the fall 2006 semester at Southeast. The scholarship will recognize the academic accomplishments of Missouri students who perform well on the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) examination.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student graduating from a Missouri public high school who applies to Southeast, requests the scholarship and enrolls at any campus of Southeast as a full-time regularly admitted beginning freshman in the fall semester immediately following their high school graduation. To be eligible, high school students must have scored at a proficient level or higher on the 10th grade mathematics or 11th grade communication arts MAP exam. Students must provide a copy of their high school transcript, including their MAP scores, to verify their achievement levels. The new program is designed to assist students with college costs and encourage them to take seriously the MAP exam and similar testing required by the federal “No Child Left Behind” initiative.

Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, says Southeast is pleased to provide this scholarship opportunity for future students.

“The University is committed to being a leader in Missouri higher education’s commitment to students and to collaborating with Missouri public schools in their quest to meet the new challenges of ‘No Child Left Behind,’” he said.

The MAP Achievement Scholarship will cover a student’s textbook rental costs for up to five courses per semester and may be combined with the President’s, President’s Plus or Regents’ scholarships. The deadline to apply for the MAP Achievement Scholarship is March 1 of next year.

The scholarship may be renewed for up to a maximum of four consecutive years, provided the student maintains a 3.25 cumulative grade point average at Southeast and completes at least 30 credit hours at the University during the academic year.

The state of Missouri will be adding new grade level MAP tests during the 2005-2006 school year to meet the No Child Left Behind requirements. When that happens, the quintiles will be adjusted. The University will then adjust the eligibility requirements for the MAP Achievement Scholarship to account for the new norms.