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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
Cell: (417) 365-2727
Email: vcoleman@cofo.edu

February 24, 2016

School of the Ozarks senior announced as National Merit Scholarship finalist

Coby DolloffOn Feb. 11, 2016, School of the Ozarks senior Coby Dolloff was announced as a National Merit Scholarship finalist. PHOTO CREDIT: Freshman public relations major Lauren Presley.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — On Feb. 11, 2016, School of the Ozarks senior Coby Dolloff was announced as a National Merit® Scholarship finalist.  Out of 1.5 million students entered from around the nation, only 15,000 qualify for the finalist round.

In February 2016, approximately 15,000 semifinalists were notified that they had advanced to finalist standing. High school principals were notified and provided with a certificate to present to each finalist.

Beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) will notify approximately 7,400 finalists that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship® award.

“Coby Dolloff is an exceptional young man, and though we are proud of his accomplishments, which are many, we are even more proud of who he is,” said Dr. Sue Head, vice president for cultural affairs and dean of character education. “He comes from a long line of teachers in his family and aspires to be one, and I have no doubt that God will use him in a mighty way to impact the lives of many, many students in the future.”

According to information from the NMSC, Merit Scholars will be selected based on their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. A variety of information is used for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the finalist’s academic record, information about the school’s curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official’s written recommendation, information about the student’s activities and leadership, and the finalist’s own essay.

“I felt excited and thankful because it will open up new doors for college opportunities and scholarships,” said Dolloff. “I am thankful for my parents and teachers for their help in coaching me to get to where I am at today.”

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) — a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year — and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments — without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

For more information, please contact Valorie Coleman, public relations director, at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a Christian, liberal arts college located on a 1,000-acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri. 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 being named the #1 Best Value College in the Midwest for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report.”

The Keeter Center — the College’s four-star lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked the No. 1 Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2016. It features fine dining, historic lodging, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 students employed in every facet of the operation, it is the largest work station on the College of the Ozarks campus.

To achieve its vision, College of the Ozarks pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, begun in fall 2012 for high school students, and the S. Truett Cathy Lower School, opened in fall 2014 to K-sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth grades were added in fall 2015, completing the K-college model. For information, call the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit www.cofo.edu. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.

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02.24.16 – Michael Galioto

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