Former Fredericktown High student awarded Joan Robinson scholarship
Provided by Beth Hersh, Director of Scholarships, at Community Foundation of the Ozarks
Shellie Sebastian, a 1988 graduate of Fredericktown High School, has received the Joan Robinson Scholarship, administered by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
Sebastian, the daughter of Deborah Huffman and Thomas Sebastian, will attend Southern New Hampshire University this fall, where she plans to study human services with a concentration on substance abuse counseling.
“This was much more than a generous donation to lessen the burden of college tuition, it was a life-changing moment,” Sebastian said. “This scholarship reignited hope and confidence.”
The Joan Robinson Scholarship Fund was established in 2021 by Frank and Joan Robinson to benefit residents of Perry County who are pursuing higher education.
The CFO and its regional affiliate foundations, including the Perry County Community Foundation, hold about 480 scholarship funds, established by generous donors to help students from across central and southern Missouri achieve their goals of higher education. The application period for the 2024-25 school year will open Jan. 1, 2024, and run through mid-March. For more information, visit cfozarks.org/scholarships.
Founded in 1973, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is marking its 50th anniversary in 2023 as the region’s largest public charitable foundation serving a network of donors, regional affiliate foundations and nonprofit partners across central and southern Missouri through its mission of resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration and public leadership.