OREGON COUNTY -- High School seniors from six counties in southern Missouri, including Oregon County, are eligible to apply for the $1,000 scholarships that can be used at any college, for any degree program and can be granted in coordination with the A+ program.
The scholarships are being offered through Physical Therapy Specialists Clinics (PTSC).
Sabrina Lewis, public relations/marketing director for PTSC, said "These memorial scholarships have been established in memory of wonderful individuals who have had a positive impact on the lives of their friends, neighbors and family members."
Three deceased people with either Oregon County ties or residents of the county, are among the nine people who have had scholarships named after them. They include: Christel AraSmith-Chester of Alton who died after a bout with cancer in 1995; Tyler Simmers of Mountain Home, grandson of Lloyd and Katherine Best, who died in a gun accident in 2002; and Nathan Murphey, Oregon County deputy of Alton, who died in the line of duty in 2001.
The Murphy scholarship is a separate law enforcement scholarship, established in his name. All the scholarships this year are available online. Anyone who lives in one of the eligible counties and is taking classes in an effort to further his education in law enforcement can submit an application for this $1,000 scholarship. An independent board will review the applications and their selection will be based upon the following criteria: 40 percent essay "Why I want a career in law enforcement and where I expect to be in 10 years"; 25 percent financial need; 25 percent public safety/community involvement; and 10 percent academic history.
The other scholarships will also be judged by an independent board 65 percent based on personal and leadership qualities and 35 percent on academic accomplishment.
Scholarship application forms are available on the Internet by logging on to www.ptsconline.com and going to the community scholarship page or going by the high school counselors' office of the PTSC in West Plains or Mountain Grove.
Lewis can be contacted at 256-5669 or 1-800-695-5899.