Neodesha pins hopes for growth on free tuition

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State News

November 26, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Over the next few decades, teens in Neodesha, population 2,300, will benefit from a wealthy donor who plans to cover their college tuition. KANSAS NEWS SERVICE/CELIA LLOPIS-JEPSEN/KCUR.ORG

NEODESHA ? Three hundred middle and high schoolers filed into their school auditorium last week in Neodesha, uncertain why they?d been called there.

They left cheering and hugging. Some of the older students were teary-eyed.

College tuition and fees need no longer hold back graduates of this manufacturing community, about halfway between Wichita and Joplin, Missouri. A wealthy donor hoping to turn around the fortunes of his dwindling hometown ? population 2,300 ? will foot those costs for the next 25 years, and possibly decades beyond that.

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