“By receiving this, I was able to be proud of who I was and where I came from,” Kaitlynn says. “That no matter where we came from, if you believe in yourself, you can do what your heart desires.”
Those were things that the Primms hoped for when they established the scholarship fund in 2012.
“These kids are great and they deserve a chance,” says Cathy.
Over its decade of existence, the fund has collectively awarded $24,000 in scholarships. The support is renewable for three years, provided the students meet requirements regarding GPA and credit load.
“Hearing and meeting Kaitlynn reinforced all we felt is important about this kind of scholarship,” says Cathy, who attended the board meeting when Kaitlynn spoke. “I cried right along with her. I found her absolutely amazing. She will succeed — we know it.”
By Kaitlyn McConnell, writer in residence for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
The Alternative Education Scholarship and about 450 others will open for application on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at cfozarks.org/scholarships. This year, the CFO will distribute $1.8 million in scholarships to support the education of about 1,000 students, the majority of whom attend colleges, universities or technical programs in Missouri.