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(Thayer) – A total of $1,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students through the Boren Center Oregon County Country Music Theatre Scholarship fund for the fall 2014 or the winter 2015 Semester.

The first scholarship awarded from this fund opportunity was created from the ashes of the Oregon County Country Music Theatre which burned on November 2, 2013. The Theatre was the love and creation of Gene and Peggy Boren to attract visitors and talented musicians to this area and to support education and artists in training. The building was formerly the Assembly of God Church in Thayer, MO.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must be a high school graduate or have obtained a GED, but not necessarily a recent graduate. The student must reside in Oregon County for at least 5 non-continuous years. The student must have an admission acceptance from a vocational school within a 50 mile radius of Oregon County. The scholarship funds will assist in the transportation of students to those schools.

The student must submit a 300 word essay on their goals for receiving their education, what receiving the scholarship will mean, and a resume on what they have accomplished (work, outside, and volunteer activities).

Funding for the Boren Center (Oregon County Country Music Theatre) Scholarship is generated through fundraisers, concerts, and donations. Scholarships are given in varying amounts depending on full-time or part-time enrollment status.

For more information, contact Gene Boren at 417-280-1399 or Jenny Underwood at 417-203-0005 or email More information can be obtained at

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