More than $1 million in CFO scholarships now available

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 $1.04 million, up from about $1 million awarded during the 2014 scholarship cycle. These represent some 365 named scholarship funds, with many awarding multiple scholarships to students across southern Missouri.

Information about the scholarship opportunities is available at, where students and parents can search for scholarships by city of residence. Students also can contact their high-school counseling offices. Application deadlines vary, with the earliest due on March 6, 2015.

Several scholarships will be awarded for the first time in 2015, including:

 The Beadles, Pryer, McCoy Scholarship established to honor three generations of family graduates from Ozark High School; for current graduating Ozark seniors attending a two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school.

 The Betty H. King Scholarship for college-bound females from the following Missouri counties: Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Polk, Stone, Taney, Webster, and Wright, who intend to obtain a degree in math, science or engineering.

 The Dr. Mary Newman Scholarship for college-bound graduates of Cassville, Exeter and Southwest (Washburn) High Schools in Missouri. One scholarship awarded to each school.

 The Protect the Farm Scholarship supporting graduating seniors in Polk County who are majoring in agriculture or agriculture-related fields: Students from Bolivar, Fair Play, Halfway, Humansville, Marion C. Early and Pleasant Hope high schools are eligible.

The Thelma Stanley Jayhawk Scholarship for Carthage High School graduates and/or current college students from the Carthage area, who are attending the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

The 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. 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. “Almost daily, we hear from recipients who so appreciate the support and opportunity these scholarships provide toward their future.”

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