The Community Foundation of the Ozarks holds more than 430 named scholarship funds. Each has its own criteria, often designated to a single high school — typically the alma mater of the donor or the donor’s loved one. However, there are other scholarships established by generous donors who wish to encourage students with unique backgrounds or specific aspirations to pursue higher education.
Alexis Jackson, a 2016 graduate of Nixa High School, can speak to the importance of seeking out these specialty scholarships.
“With the Hearld and Marge Ambler Scholarship, I will officially be able to graduate from college debt-free,” she said. “The scholarships provided by the CFO have lifted a financial burden from myself and my family and have allowed me to fully focus on the pursuit of higher education.”
The Hearld and Marge Ambler Scholarship is only available to business majors entering their third, fourth or fifth year of college. Hearld is one of the CFO’s founders and was the first managing partner of BKD LLP, a large accounting and advisory firm headquartered in Springfield.
Alexis Jackson, a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, spoke to the CFO board in December. After her father suddenly died prior to her final year of college, she credited the scholarships she received through the CFO for helping lift the burden of financial uncertainty.
“In receiving a scholarship specifically designed to empower Missouri students, I am reminded of the support of my community and the gratitude I have for the generosity of its members,” Jackson said. She will graduate from Washington University in St. Louis this spring with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and political science and a minor in Spanish.
The following list is only a sampling of these types of specialty scholarships. We encourage all students, including students entering in the later years of undergraduate school, or those pursuing graduate degrees, doctoral degrees or professional certifications, to search our online scholarship system with keywords related to their field of study or life experience to find if they might qualify for scholarships with unique criteria.