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The Virginia Wall Scholarship Fund

During the planning of the MAXI-II Reunion in 1986, members of the MAXI-II Reunion planning committee conceived the idea of a continuing scholarship fund to honor our former English teacher, class sponsor and co-chairman of the MAXI planning committees, Virginia Wall. The group managed to plan and execute this surprise for Miss Wall without her knowledge. The fund was announced at that reunion and opened with an initial donation from the MAXI Reunion fund. Further donations were accepted from alumni attending the reunion.

With the help of local attorney and CHS alumni Don Chapman, a not-for-profit corporation was established in the name of The Virginia Wall Scholarship Fund. A board of directors composed of members of the MAXI-II committee was named and those members continue to serve as trustees and administrators of the fund. Until her retirement from teaching, Miss Wall served as an advisory member. After her retirement, she was installed as a voting member of the board in 1991.

The officers and board members are President: Chuck Haney (1955), Vice President: Charlotte (Miller) Alexander (1956), Treasurer: Earle Teegarden, Jr. (1953), Secretary: Bonnie (Boude) Mitchell (1956), and board members Dottie (McQueen) Maberry (1952), Scott Stephens (1973), and Virginia Wall.

The board meets three times each year, once in an annual business meeting, once to select scholarship applications for further interviews and once to interview applicants and select the winners.

The scholarship has been increased since its inception and now consists of two awards first place receives $2000 and second place $1250. An alternate is named in the event one of the winners cannot attend college.

Since 1986 the fund has continued to receive donations from 1950s class members, private donors in the community and from other CHS classes and individual graduates. Donations are always welcome and may be mailed to The Virginia Wall Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 463, Chillicothe, MO 64601.

Click here for information on "The Virginia Wall Story" by Bonnie Mitchell. Proceeds from sale of the book go to the Virginia Wall Scholarship Fund. (The PDF is 760KB in file size.)

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