CFO scholarship program benefits Ozarks schools and students

As high school students across the Ozarks start making plans to attend college and vocational school, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ far-reaching scholarship program will again help a number of these young people reach their goals of a higher education. This is one important means through which CFO and the many generous donors across the region give something back to their communities.

For the 2008-2009 academic year, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $482,056 in scholarships – much of that total helping students attending regional schools – representing 348 individual scholarships, including renewals, from almost 200 scholarship funds. The Foundation currently manages more than $12.8 million in assets dedicated to scholarships.

Besides helping students get to college, the Foundation’s scholarship program has a significant impact on colleges and universities located in the region. The totals listed below reflect the number of students attending the school with one or more CFO-managed scholarship along with the total amount of scholarship money distributed to the school through the Foundation’s scholarship program. All numbers are for the 2008-2009 academic year.

School # of students Total represented
MSU (including MSU West Plains) 75 $105,196
Ozarks Technical Community College 31 $29,390
University of Missouri 28 $44,292
Drury University 15 $26,900
College of the Ozarks 11 $15,225
Southwest Baptist University 10 $8,150
Missouri State Southern University 9 $17,100
Missouri S&T 9 $16,135
Evangel 8 $8,290

In addition to the schools listed above, CFO scholarships are benefiting students at almost all of Missouri’s public and private schools as well as universities throughout the nation.

Students applying for scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year will have a new resource at their disposal. Recently, CFO added a centralized, interactive database that allows students and counselors to easily peruse the many scholarships managed by CFO. Users can view lists of scholarships specific to their high school or defined categories such as medical/nursing and scholarships for current college students. Each listing also includes application information or downloadable applications for several scholarships, included those selected by the CFO scholarships committee.

Access to the scholarship database as well as activation and renewal information can be found on the scholarship section of our web site. The site also includes a link to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), required for most CFO scholarships.

The difficult economic times are a reminder of just how important education is for individuals and the future of our communities. Community Foundation of the Ozarks is pleased to work with private donors and numerous organizations to offer scholarship opportunities to young people from across the Ozarks who will be a key part of sustaining and building upon our quality of life.

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