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Jan. 2, 2024

New ‘universal’ system improves process for scholarship applicants

Students can now apply for $1.7 million in scholarships administered by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. By completing the CFO’s new universal application, students can more efficiently apply for scholarship opportunities. Students can begin the process at

The universal application is a comprehensive online form with a series of questions unique to each student. Based on their responses, the universal application will pair students with the scholarship opportunities for which they qualify. The new system will save students time while identifying scholarships they might not have known about.

In addition to scholarships for graduating seniors, the CFO has opportunities for current college students and students attending technical or graduate programs. Amounts range from $200 to $10,000, with many scholarships renewable for two to four years.

The CFO holds about 480 scholarship funds that will provide about 900 scholarships for students across central and southern Missouri for the 2024–25 school year. Scholarship funds are established by individuals, families or organizations with a wide range of intentions, such as supporting students who graduate from the donor’s alma mater or pursue a certain field of study.

Information about the CFO’s scholarship opportunities and application process is available at

“We’re excited for students to use the new universal application,” said Beth Hersh, the CFO’s director of scholarships. “With so many scholarship opportunities established by generous donors, we’re grateful to offer a system that can easily tailor the process to each student.”

Applications will close for most CFO scholarships on Sunday, March 24. For more information, contact Beth Hersh at, or call 417-864-6199.

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