CFO Opens 2014 Scholarship Cycle, Nearly $1 Million Available

New scholarships for upper-class law students, college-bound athletes, and students specializing in education, science and technology, and vocational studies, are among the nearly $1 million to be awarded for the 2014-15 school year through the CFO.

These first-time scholarships include:

· The Richard E. Dorr Memorial Scholarship for second- and third-year law students who originally graduated from Springfield or Jefferson City, Mo. high schools. Dorr, a U.S. District Judge serving Missouri’s Western District, passed away in April 2013.

· The Thomas Ligon Memorial Athletic Scholarship for college-bound athletes from Ozark High School. It was established by the Don and Bobbie Ligon in memory of their son, Thomas, who was a senior track athlete at Arkansas State University and former three-sport standout at Ozark High School;

· The Thelma A. Stanley Scholarship for Carthage High School graduates who are majoring in education. Mrs. Stanley was a Carthage native and longtime local librarian, teacher and volunteer;

· The BEST EHS Vocational Scholarship was established by the BEST Foundation to support Eminence High School graduates pursuing specialized training; and

· The  Jerry D. Hall Computer Science/Technology Scholarship was established by the family of Jerry and Patricia Hall for Monett High School graduates planning to enter the computer science or technology fields.

These awards, which like all CFO scholarships are made possible by generous donors, are an increase over the $958,000 awarded in the 2013 cycle. These represent some 365 named scholarship funds, with many awarding multiple scholarships to students across southern Missouri. Information about the scholarship opportunities is available at, where students and parents can search for scholarships by city of residence. Students also can contact their high-school counseling offices.

The CFO scholarships offer a wide range of opportunities for students attending public or private colleges and universities, medical or nursing schools, vocational-technical education, and funds designated for students from specific high schools by donors and alumni giving back to their communities. Amounts range from $250 to $5,000 per academic year, with many of the scholarships renewable for up to three additional years. Deadlines for application vary, with some deadlines coming as early as March 7, 2014.

“We’re very excited to be offering such a large number of scholarships with equally diverse criteria,” Scholarship Coordinator Judith Billings said. “Our donors are to be acknowledged for their generous support of students in our greater Ozarks community.”

For more information about CFO scholarship programs, contact Judith Billings at:; or call (417) 864-6199.