More than $1 million in CFO scholarships available to regional students

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 www.cfozarks.org/cfoscholarships, 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:  jbillings@cfozarks.org; or call (417) 864-6199.

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Give Ozarks education sessions to be held across region

Give-Ozarks-Blue-GreenThe CFO will be traveling the region in January to share information about its first ever Give Ozarks Day. This 24-hour, online fundraising blitz is an opportunity for nonprofits and school partners across the Ozarks to raise funds for operational, project-based, or endowment purposes.

We’ll be hosting meetings in seven affiliate towns starting Dec. 29. You can RSVP by clicking here— be sure to choose the best date and location for you (listed below, and as an option on the RSVP form):

Monday, Dec. 29: Marshfield
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location TBD
Host: Marshfield Area Community Foundation

Monday, Jan. 12: Stockton
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Cedar County Health Complex Board Room, 807 Owen Mill Rd.
Host: Stockton Community Foundation

Thursday, Jan. 15: Lake Ozark
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks, 3848 Osage Beach Parkway
Host: Community Foundation of the Lake

Tuesday, Jan. 20: Branson
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
White River Valley Electric Cooperative, 2449 E. State Hwy. 76
Host: Community Foundation of Taney County

Thursday, Jan. 22: Cuba
Noon to 2 p.m.
Wallis Oil, 106 E. Washington St.
Host: Crawford County Community Foundation

Friday, Jan. 23: West Plains
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Ozarks Centre, near Heroes Coffee/Bill Virdon Blvd.

Monday, Jan. 26: Joplin
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Wildcat Glades, 201 Riviera Dr.
Host: Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri

Classroom Innovation, Coover Regional grant deadlines approaching

A reminder on two grant rounds with application deadlines within the next month or so:

Springfield-Greene County Classroom Innovation Grants: These grants are a partnership with Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Greene County’s school districts to support programming and teaching methodology within classrooms that foster an environment of innovation and creativity for students. The changes taking place in education and the workforce to adapt to 21st century learning center around creativity, communication and collaboration. These grants support learning opportunities that reflect and promote these principles and essential skills.

Eligibility includes (but isn’t limited to) the RSP’s partner schools in Willard, Fair Grove, Republic and elsewhere in Greene County.

Coover Regional Grants: The Louis and Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program, a partnership between Community Foundation of the Ozarks and The Commerce Trust Company, will award grants to agencies serving the Missouri Ozarks to support new or innovative programs in all subject areas supported by the Foundation.

Eligible organizations (including schools) with regional service areas primarily outside of metropolitan Springfield and Greene County are encouraged to apply. The Coover Grant Program has $200,000 to award to agencies providing services that address the above listed, areas of interest, with a $10,000-$20,000 range suggested for proposal consideration.