MSSU offers reduced tuition fees for Ukrainian students in the region

April 9—As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, Missouri Southern State University aims to make educational opportunities more affordable for Ukrainian students who already live and attend high school in the area.

The university will offer these students in-state tuition plus an additional 10% discount, officials said in a recent press release.

The support will come from a scholarship fund set up last month by international business professor Chris Moos and his wife, Liliya, who is from Ukraine and owner of AdornAble on Main Street in Joplin. This fund is for international foreign students from Ukraine who are due to graduate from high schools in the region next month but cannot return home due to the war.

Seven Ukrainian high school students have been identified in the greater Joplin area and another 100 in the Missouri Southern State schooling area. The university reaches out to these students through their exchange programs to inform them of scholarship and tuition rates.

“I am grateful to Dr. Chris and Liliya Moos for their generosity and leadership in lending a helping hand to students who are personally affected by the war being waged against the Ukrainian people,” Missouri Southern president Dean Van Galen said in a statement. statement. “It’s inspiring to see our campus and larger community come together to support these young people and provide them with the opportunity to further their education at Missouri Southern.”

A large number of Ukrainian high school students usually come to the United States on foreign exchange programs, said Chris Moos.

“Ukrainians are very gregarious and outgoing, and are very internationally connected,” he said. “They want their children to have this experience and see democracy in the United States as (a model) to help further develop their society.”

To donate to the scholarship fund, go to www.mssu.edu/ukrainescholarship. Gifts may also be sent to the Missouri Southern Foundation in care of the Ukrainian Student Scholarship Fund.

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