JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers have approved the creation of college grants for nursing programs and for students who score well on math and science exams.
Both programs are backed by Gov. Jay Nixon. The Senate's vote of final approval Thursday sends the legislation to the governor's desk.
One program would give a $500 bonus to state scholarship recipients who score well on at least two Advanced Placement exams in mathematics or science while attending a public high school.
The other program allows annual grants of up to $150,000 to campuses for nursing programs. Nixon announced in December that the Missouri Board of Nursing was providing $3 million from nurses licensing fees for grants that would expand faculty positions so more nurses could be educated.