Winter Kinne, vice president of development for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, was at the museum in Doniphan to accept a check from Randy Maness, a friend of the Ripleys, executor of their estate and president of the Ripley County Community Foundation.
There was a big check for photos, but even the hand-held size was significant: It brought the Ripleys’ bequest to $1.7 million to benefit Ripley County. Of that estate, $1 million funds the Paul and Joe Anne Ripley Scholarship Fund, which helps Three Rivers College graduates from Ripley County continue their educations at four-year schools.
“Paul had a great deal of affection for the college,” says Maness, of the community college based in nearby Poplar Bluff. “His love of the community is what drove this whole thing.”
In the 2023 – 2024 academic year, the endowment will provide an $8,000 scholarship administered by the CFO — but that figure will increase in following years.
“It’s gotten increasingly easy to fund the first two years of college. But beyond that, the resources aren’t as available,” says Maness. “This creates a brand-new income stream which we expect to be in future years to be at least $50,000 a year, and that can be spread over any number of people to further their education.”