JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing to increase scholarships for the state's top students if they promise to stay in Missouri after graduation day.

The state's Bright Flight scholarship is awarded based upon ACT or SAT test scores. Recipients currently can receive $2,500, which is less than the $3,000 authorized by state law. Nixon is proposing an additional $5,000 per year for students who commit to working full-time in Missouri for each year they receive that scholarship.

Nixon was announcing his scholarship proposal Monday in Kansas City and Kirksville.

The governor says his proposed budget for next year will include $15 million for the Bright Flight expansion. He says increasing the scholarship awards will help to keep Missouri's best students in the state.