Nearly $1.25 million in scholarships open for application

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is offering a record number of scholarships that open Feb. 1 for applications from students across southern Missouri interested in pursuing advanced education opportunities.

This year’s scholarship awards and renewals, which are made possible by generous donors, are approaching $1.25 million, up from about $1.1 million awarded in the 2015-16 scholarship cycle. These represent some 382 named scholarship funds, with many awarding multiple scholarships to more than 800 students across southern Missouri.

Information about the scholarship opportunities is available at, where students and parents can search for scholarships by city of residence, scholarship name or keyword. Students also can contact their high-school counseling offices. Application deadlines vary, with the earliest due on Friday, March 18, 2016.

Several scholarships will be awarded for the first time in 2016, including:

· The Missouri Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils Scholarship and The Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation & Development Scholarship were established to provide high school students in Missouri with the opportunity to pursue a college degree in agriculture, natural resources or a related field in alignment with the Councils’ missions. The Southwest Missouri scholarship is intended for students from Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Polk, Stone, Taney, or Webster counties.

· Bernie Bahr Forestry Scholarship for students who have completed two years of college credits and are committed to obtaining a degree in forestry, plant or soil/environmental sciences. Preference for graduates of Hermann High School, followed by other schools in Gasconade, Montgomery or Calloway counties.

· Ozark Chapter Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship for college-bound seniors from any southwest Missouri high school planning to major in engineering. Must attend a school with an engineering program accredited by ABET-EAC.

· The Jim and Shirley Cook Scholarship for students from Southwest Missouri pursuing a secondary education in mechanical engineering, CNC programming, welding or machine tool technology.

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.

Many CFO scholarships are open to underserved student populations, including those who have received a GED or were home schooled; students with learning disabilities; those with Cerebral Palsy; non-traditional students; and students who grew up in the foster system.

Amounts range from $250 to $5,000 per academic year, with many of the scholarships renewable for up to three additional years.

“Through our many donors’ generosity, CFO is proud to serve outstanding students in our greater Ozarks community,” Scholarship Coordinator Judith Billings said. “No mission is more important than educating the next generation for global citizenship.”

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