MSBA FutureBuilders Scholarships and Awards
- John Belcher Scholarship
- Early Childhood Education
- Paul Morris Community Service
- Annual Golf Tournament
John T. Belcher Scholarship Award – OPEN NOW
MSBA FutureBuilders established the scholarship program in memory of John T. Belcher, who was instrumental in developing innovative financing programs for Missouri school districts. The learning environment for thousands of Missouri’s public school students improved as a result of his work.
A $1000 annual scholarship is awarded to a student in each of MSBA’s 17 regions. Applicants are judged on the basis of academic performance, extracurricular activities and the quality of an essay. A statewide winner is selected from this group of regional winners and awarded an additional $1500. Scroll below to read the essays from each region.
How can a student apply for a Belcher scholarship?
The school board of each MSBA member district is eligible to nominate one high school senior to apply. The local board of education should select their applicant based on academic achievement and leadership abilities; need may also be considered. After the district applicant is chosen the student/guidance office should contact Matt O’brien for a link to the online application and form during the application period, October 10, 2017 – January 12, 2018. The applicant and their guidance counselor will receive confirmation and further instructions within two working days of submission. The student will need to obtain a transcript and complete the essay, if not already done.
This application and Checklist is for Step 1 of the selection process. It is intended to be used so that each member district of MSBA will have aid in selecting one candidate. Once the district selects their candidate, please contact Matt O’Brien to gain access to the online fillable application.
For questions contact:
573.445.9920 ext. 347
Early Childhood Education Program of the Year Award
Paul Morris Community Service Award
The Paul Morris Community Service Award was established by MSBA FutureBuilders to honor the memory of Paul Morris, a school board member from Mt. Vernon, who was serving as President of MSBA when he passed away on February 2, 2009. Paul devoted countless hours strengthening his community and improving its schools through his volunteer work. In addition to numerous community awards, he had served on the Mt. Vernon R-V Board of Education for nearly nine years and on MSBA’s Board of Directors for four years.
MSBA FutureBuilders receives nominations of current or past public school board members from Missouri who have shown a commitment to community service. Finalists are selected from statewide nominations with one individual selected as the overall statewide winner. The statewide winner receives a $1000 individual award.
Past Winners of the Paul Morris Award
2009 – John Holcomb, Trenton R-IX
2010 – Roy Burnside, Festus R-VI
2011 – Ann Gibbons, Hazelwood
2012 – Roseann Bentley, Springfield R-XII
2013 – Robin Krause, Knob Noster R-VIII
2014 – Dave Green, Malden R-I
2015 – Jill Esry, Independence
2016 – Gerry Lee, Springfield Public Schools
2017 – Lisa Knutzen, Carl Junction
MSBA FutureBuilders Golf Tournament
Proceeds from the participation and generosity of players and sponsors help fund the MSBA’s FutureBuilders Foundation. FutureBuilders provides 18 annual John T. Belcher Memorial Scholarships which are awarded to high school seniors from all areas of Missouri, helping our future leaders achieve their dream of a college education. FutureBuilders also supports and promotes the importance of adult community leadership and early childhood education.
Message from the CEO
Thank you for visiting the FutureBuilders website. As the non-profit education foundation of the Missouri School Boards’ Association it is our goal to celebrate the successes of our public schools and to recognize the achievements of both students and school leaders.
We believe that public education is the foundation of our democracy and that it is imperative that we counter the negative stereotyping of public schools so often expounded by the media and so-called “experts.”
Although FutureBuilders has been in existence for two decades, under the presidency of Paul Morris, MSBA began making a concentrated effort to enhance the activities and the visibility of the foundation. Paul’s sudden passing in February of 2009 provided additional impetus and a renewed commitment on the part of the FutureBuilders board of directors to ensure that this vision is fulfilled. In the days ahead MSBA FutureBuilders will continue working to spread the news about the good things going on day in and day out in Missouri’s public schools. Our unofficial motto is “Research, not rhetoric” and we plan to use that as our model as we help tell the true story of the successes of our public schools.
Phone: 573-445-9920, ext. 340
2017 John Belcher Scholarship Essays
Students were asked to submit an essay to the following question:
Looking back over your high school career, what would your message
to your School Board be on improving the education of those who follow you?
One struggle that I personally have faced these past few years is choosing a career path. This is often a self-initiated pursuit; however, I think it would be beneficial to everyone if our school offered more career exploration opportunities.
Learning and gaining knowledge is such an exciting thing, a blessing that we are fortunate to have…students must feel like the classes that require hours of homework and late night study sessions are worth the time and effort.
Read all the essays