A private school in the city of St. Louis is offering a full ride to the child of a police or firefighter in the city.
City Academy's director of development, Ginger Imster, says school officials decided to offer the one-year scholarship after listening to testimony at a special legislative hearing on education held at the North City school earlier this year.
"That testimony, along with our proximity to a local firehouse and police station it just became evident to us that there were a number of first responders seeking alternatives in the city," Imster said.
By law, most city employees, including first responders, must live in the city limits. The St. Louis Public Schools have been under state control for poor academic and financial performance since 2007.
The head of the city's firefighters union welcomes the scholarship.