The Ozarks Teacher Corps is back in the news in a story about rural teachers by The Associated Press national news service.
Reporter Alan Scher Zagier, based in Columbia, Mo., interviewed OTC scholarship recipient Susanne Feldman, of Buffalo, who is attending Drury University. He also talked to Gary Funk, the CFO’s president emeritus and senior fellow, who is working primarily on the Rural Schools Partnership this year.
The story uses the Ozarks Teacher Corps as one of the examples of how rural regions are addressing the chronic shortage of qualified teachers. The Ozarks Teacher Corps, launched last year as part of the CFO’s Rural Schools Partnership initiative, offers up to two $4,000 scholarships for college juniors and seniors who commit to teaching for at least three years in a rural district after graduation. The program is made possible by the Chesley and Flora Lea Wallis Scholarship Fund, a $1.7 million charitable fund of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
The CFO also has just completed this video about the Ozarks Teacher Corps and the Rural Schools Partnership, produced by Springfield filmmaker Patrick Mureithi. The video is based on the Rural Education Rendezvous, which was held in Thomasville, Mo., in May.