$1000 Scholarship Awarded to College of the Ozarks Junior

The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks (MGO) awarded a $1000 scholarship to Kyle Kapella, a junior at College of the Ozarks. Kapella is seeking a biology degree at College of the Ozarks and is a 2016 graduate of Hollister High School. Cindy Heider, Chair of the MGO Scholarship Committee, described Kyle as a “perfect candidate for the Master Gardeners’ scholarship. He is an outstanding young man with excellent academic credentials and a commitment to nurturing plant and animal life.” Kyle Kapella is the son of John and Karin Kapella of Hollister who attended the award ceremony.

The scholarship funds can be used for any educational purpose (tuition, fees, books, housing, etc.) and Kapella noted that with his work at College of the Ozarks, his summer work at the US Army Corps of Engineers (Dewey Short Administrative offices) and the MGO scholarship funding, he will be able to cover the costs of his education for 2018-2019.

Heider explained that the Master Gardeners of the Ozarks started a new scholarship process for 2018 which focuses on high school and/or college students from Stone or Taney counties who are interested in pursuing degrees in horticulture/agriculture related fields such as agriculture, biology, horticulture, environmental science, conservation/wildlife management, entomology or landscape/design management. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000 per semester and can be used at any accredited Missouri institution of higher education such as colleges, universities and community colleges. Applicants can pursue baccalaureate, associate or certificate programs.

The MGO scholarship is designed to support the financial needs of Stone and Taney County students seeking degree or certificate programs in horticulture/agriculture related fields. It is not a need-based scholarship so no verification of financial need is required. Students must simply have a permanent address in Stone or Taney county and seek further education in a horticulture or agriculture related field. The new process is entirely online so potential applicants are encouraged to review the requirements online at

The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks raise funds to provide this scholarship through annual spring and fall workshops held in Branson and Kimberling City as well as an annual plant sale held in Forsyth. The Master Gardeners operate under the auspices of the University of Missouri Extension Council with offices in Galena and Forsyth, Missouri.

The Master Gardeners are seeking scholarship applications for the spring 2019 semester. Applicants who are permanent residents of Stone or Taney counties and seeking a spring scholarship award (2019) must submit an application by October 15, 2018. For the MGO scholarship application and instructions, go to For questions or further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..