The Community Foundation of the Ozarks serves many visible constituents, including communities, schools and nonprofits that are in the business of helping people. Privately, we work with many donors who have very personal reasons for getting involved in philanthropy. It’s our job, with the help of their attorneys and professional advisors, to see that those charitable goals are met.
Often, those goals involve education. On Feb. 1, the CFO opens applications for its 2017-18 scholarship program. This year, nearly $1.45 million will be awarded, an increase from about $1.25 million awarded in the 2016-17 scholarship cycle. These represent some 390 named scholarship funds, with many awarding multiple scholarships to more than 950 students.
Scholarship Number: 950+
The Scholarships is for Students across southern Missouri USA. Scholarships range in size from $250 to $6,000 a year. Many are available to students from anywhere in the CFO’s service region; others are earmarked for a specific city or for students looking to enter a particular field of study. Others offer assistance for those seeking specialty degrees, including law school, nursing or vocational/technical studies.
The common thread is that there is a personal story behind each and every one.
Examples of new scholarships established for 2017-18 include:
- In Springfield, the Harold H. Lurie, M.D. Fund, established as an estate gift by longtime physician Dr. Hal Lurie (one of the famous “Singing Doctors of Springfield”), for future medical practitioners.
- The Southwest Missouri Chapter of Construction Specifications Institute has established a new scholarship to support students pursuing construction-related trades in honor of its founding chairman, Robert C. Boehner, who died in 2010.
- The Bob Johnson Scholarship Fund will award for the first time students from Lamar, where Johnson lived for years as a business owner and chief warrant officer for the local National Guard unit. Other new regional scholarships have been established to benefit students pursing work in autism-related fields, or to honor residents killed during military duty.
Scores of other existing scholarships will help hundreds of the region’s brightest students in the coming years, each of whom will, someday, have their own stories to tell.
Applications close at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 10. You can browse and apply for scholarships starting Feb. 1
How To Apply
Matt Lemmon is Media Director for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.