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A writing mentorship program that was started in Hana will soon expand to help students in Missouri write college scholarship essays. 

Journalist Tad Bartimus founded Talk Story, Write Story in 1998 to help low-income Native Hawaiian high school students get college scholarships. In 2013, the program expanded to help high-schoolers in Alaska. 

Bartimus is now bringing the program to Missouri at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, which is providing funding for the program. It’s a partnership with the Columbia Daily Tribune and Columbia Public Schools. Columbia high school students will be paired with journalists to be their mentors, as well as other members from the community.

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