Scholarship Programs

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The CFO awards more than $1.5 million in scholarships each year for college, graduate and technical education.

Stoking the Fires of Knowledge

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The CFO manages more than 400 private scholarship funds created by individuals, families and companies that want to provide a path to higher education for generations to come.

Donors determine the size and eligibility criteria for the scholarships they create, and the CFO manages the process on their behalf. Scholarships of more than $1.5 million were awarded to 870 students during the 2019-20 academic year.

After World War II ended, Jennie Barritt was teaching students of all ages in a tiny, one-room schoolhouse in the Cedar County hamlet of Wright. Over the next 34 years, she and her husband, Ellis, a WWII veteran and rural mail carrier, also tended a 160-acre farm. They lived within their means and eventually built assets that Jennie decided to give back to El Dorado Springs students through the Ellis and Jennie Barritt Educational Scholarship Fund.

“I wanted for them to get to go to college, and if I could help them, I wanted to," she says.

Establishing a scholarship

Information for Donors

The CFO works with donors and professional advisors to help establish scholarship funds that reflect their commitment to education.

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Applying for scholarships

Information for Students

A list of upcoming scholarship opportunities for the 2020–21 academic year will be available Nov. 1. The CFO’s annual scholarship application process begins on Feb. 1. The CFO offers a variety of scholarships, each with their own criteria and often with geographic preferences. Students will use the Foundant portal to apply for scholarships.

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Scholarship Services

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Beth Hersh, Director of Scholarships, works with students and school counselors from the application process through making awards, tracking success and sharing information with donors.

Each scholarship has a selection committee that chooses the recipient(s) each year. If you are interested in volunteering on a scholarship selection committee, please contact Beth.

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