New Scholarship Fund Established for Cassville High School Students

Cassville High School students have a new scholarship opportunity, thanks to a new  fund established in honor of Ray and Wilma Skelton through the CFO’s Cassville Community Foundation affiliate.

The Skelton family established the Ray and Wilma Skelton Legacy Scholarship in honor of their parents who raised 10 children who graduated from Cassville High School. Wilma Skelton was a CHS graduate as well, and Ray Skelton served on the school board for three years in the 1970s.

The first $1,000 scholarship will be awarded in spring 2011 with preference to students attending the University of Missouri-Columbia; financial need, leadership and community service also will be taken into consideration. Interested students can contact their CHS counselor after Feb. 1 for more information.

Education was a priority for Mr. and Mrs. Skelton who realized their goal of all 10 of their children graduating from college. Nine of the Skelton children received a total of 12 bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri with support from scholarships, part-time and summer jobs, while the 10th attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Kansas City.

The Skelton children – Wendell, Lowell, Maurice, Beverly, Judy, Carolyn, Lona, Lou, Keith and Brenda – believed a scholarship named for their late parents was the best way to honor the support and encouragement they gave their children to pursue higher education.