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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

August 11, 2017

College of the Ozarks graduate receives the Chris Waller Memorial Scholarship

Jacob and Amanda Oliver2017 College of the Ozarks graduates Jacob Oliver, recipient of the Chris Waller Memorial Scholarship, and his wife, Amanda Oliver, after graduation ceremonies on the campus. Jacob Oliver plans to continue his education in mathematics.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Last spring marked the seventh year the Chris Waller Memorial Scholarship has been presented to a College of the Ozarks graduate in memory of Chris Waller. The deserving scholarship recipient was Jacob Oliver.

Oliver graduated from College of the Ozarks on May 7, 2017. He is from Peculiar, Missouri, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computer science.

The scholarship is given to College of the Ozarks graduates who possess outstanding character and want to further their education. The money for the scholarship comes from interest off the memorial endowment established in Chris’ memory.

“I am so thankful for the support of the Waller family and all the kind and generous people at College of the Ozarks,” said Oliver.

Al and Marty Waller established the Chris Waller Memorial Scholarship in memory of their son, Chris Waller. Chris graduated from Branson High School and attended College of the Ozarks from 1997-2001 as a mathematics major.

Al Waller began his career at College of the Ozarks in 1977 as men’s basketball coach and physical education instructor. He has served in multiple roles throughout his tenure. His 25-year stint as the College’s head coach found him accumulating 458 wins, 12 conference championships, and six national tournament appearances. He was also named conference Coach of the Year on twelve occasions. In addition, he has been inducted into the College of the Ozarks Sports Hall of Fame, NAIA Hall of Fame, and Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Marty Waller served as Administrator of the Child Development Center at the College for 18 years, where she also

coached the Bobcat Cheerleaders and assisted with the Catholic Christian Newman Association. Prior to working for the College, she operated a daycare out of her home.

“We are really happy to give this year’s scholarship to Jacob,” Al Waller said. “We try to find someone going on to grad school who has a lot in common with Chris. There are two things that stand out to us, Chris and Jacob are both of outstanding character and were both math majors at C of O.”

For more information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including a No. Best Value Regional College in the Midwest ranking by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center—the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility—was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


08.11.17—Kyle Duncan 


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