by Sarah Thomack/St. Joseph Post staff
Missouri Western State University President Matt Wilson is practicing his shot before the home basketball game this Saturday.
Wilson won’t be playing in the game, but he will be part of a competition that is giving students the opportunity to win a scholarship.
“The student will have the opportunity to be at the free throw line, they’ll have 60 seconds - this will be during halftime - to see how many free throws they can make,” Wilson says. “After that, I’m going to dial it up from three point land and see how many I can make and if a student beats me, then we’re going to award a $500 scholarship to that student.”
Wilson says if he wins, the $500 will go to Missouri Western’s Center for Service, which also benefits students. Through the Center for Service, if a student does community service, they can earn one credit toward their degree for every 40 hours, up to three credits.
“Not only are they getting essential skills in the meantime, but essentially saving themselves a thousand dollars they would pay toward tuition fees, book and the like,” Wilson says. “As we look for funding for the Center for Service initiative to support our students, the funds that we raise that go toward the Center for Service will benefit every student.”
The competition will be held during halftime at 10 home games with the winners all competing on February 29th for the opportunity to win an entire semester’s tuition. Students can sign up or find more information at gogriffons.com.