Olin J. Brattin Scholarship established

The Cassville Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks are pleased to announce the creation of the Olin J. Brattin Scholarship Fund.

The Olin J. Brattin Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to one student from Cassville, Wheaton and the McDonald R-I school district, for a total of three scholarships, based on financial need, character and scholastic ability and achievement. The McDonald R-I student must be a resident of the Rocky Comfort community in McDonald County, MO. For information about the scholarship, please visit the scholarship section of our website.

The Olin J. Brattin Scholarship was established by Mr. Brattin’s children – Jim Brattin of Harrison, AR and Sherry Wiseman of El Dorado Springs, MO – in memory of their father. Mr. Brattin’s children made a real estate gift with their late father’s home and the inventory from his electrical supply business to create the scholarship.

Pictured above: Representatives from the Cassville Community Foundation and CFO with Jim Brattin and Sherry Wiseman in front of Olin Brattin’s home, left to right: Winter Skelton, CFO; Amy White & Landon Fletcher, Cassville Community Foundation; Jim Brattin; Sherry Wiseman; Susie Jacobs, Cassville Community Foundation; and Gary Funk, CFO.

Olin J. Brattin began his electrical supply company in 1972. He sold supplies to any area he could drive to in a day’s time from his Cassville home and still be with his family in the evening. Mr. Brattin operated his business from a converted Ryder truck until he moved his home and business to Highway Y just north of the Cassville High School in 1975. He often called Olin J. Brattin Electrical Supply the “world’s smallest company” and continued to operate it from his home until his recent passing at the age of 89.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its 40 affiliate foundation manage almost 200 individual scholarship funds totaling more than $12.8 million in assets that assist young people from across the Ozarks in the pursuit of higher education. It’s an 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 representing 348 individual scholarships, including renewals. CFO’s scholarship program has a significant impact on colleges and universities located in the region; you can learn more here.