The Frank Felton Rotary Scholarship is awarded annually to the recipient of the Outstanding Rotary Farm Youth award. Nominees for this award are received from area high schools and the recipient is then selected by a committee of Rotary Club members.
The scholarship was begun following the sudden passing of Frank Felton on April 16, 2003. A well known farmer and internationally recognized cattleman from Maryville, he returned to the family farm after his graduation from the University of Missouri in 1962. He often relied on NWMSU students as part-time employees in his farming and ranching operations. He valued these employees highly. It seemed appropriate to his family and friends that money donated in his memory go toward a scholarship that would recognize and assist a student with an agricultural background.
Frank and his wife, Lynn, raised their four children in Maryville where they were active in the community and still operate as a farming and cattle business. He came from a family of Rotarians (his younger son is now a member) and was a longtime member of the Maryville Club. Money from an undesignated fund in Rotary was added to the amount that had been donated by family and friends and the interest from those sources funds this scholarship through the Northwest Foundation.
Scholarships associated with Frank Felton