$1.4 million in CFO Scholarships now open

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

This year’s scholarship awards and renewals, which are made possible by generous donors, are approaching $1.4 million, up from about $1.3 million awarded in the 2017-18 scholarship cycle. These represent some 400 named scholarship funds, with many awarding multiple scholarships to more than 900 students across southern Missouri.

Information about the scholarship opportunities is available at www.cfozarks.org/2018scholarships, 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 9, 2018.

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.

This year’s scholarship listings and application system are being presented on a new online platform, hosted by Foundant Technologies, that offers enhancements including a password-protected login, the ability to easily save and return to applications in progress, and an eligibility survey that will help users narrow down more than 300 scholarships to the ones they are eligible for.

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 $6,000 per academic year, with many of the scholarships renewable for up to three additional years.

“We look forward to an exciting year of scholarship programming in partnership with our many generous donors,” Scholarship Manager Beth Hersh said. “CFO is proud to work with students as they make their dreams a reality and pursue their educational endeavors.”

For more information about CFO scholarship programs, contact Beth Hersh at bhersh@cfozarks.org; or call (417) 864-6199.

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