College Scholarships

We have 37 attending 15 colleges this semester.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield awards more than $85,000.00 annually in college scholarships to former Club members and staff pursuing a degree in higher education. The goal of the Boys & Girls Club’s Scholarship Program is to give members an opportunity to reach their goals by attending college or trade school. Scholarship recipients are selected and interviewed annually by the Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Committee appointed by the Board of Directors.

In addition to awarding college scholarships, these funds also pay for many dual credit classes, AP classes and IB tests for high school members. ACT test fees can also be reimbursed with our scholarship funds. Have your teen talk to their Teen Director for more information.



In February of each year, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield awards a $12,000.00 Youth of the Year Scholarship to one member. This member is chosen from the twelve Youth of the Month winners during an interview process in January. For more information about the YOUTH OF THE YEAR and YOUTH OF THE MONTH Program please contact Cindy Dodson, Scholarship Outreach Director.


Aneva Jefferson

As the 2015 Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield, 16-year old Aneva is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.

Aneva is a member of the Musgrave Club and attends Central High School’s IB program with a 4.8 GPA. At the Club she is involved in Keystone (leadership club), street clean-ups and graffiti removal in the area.

Volunteering at the Kitchen, Rare Breed, Convoy of Hope and more are just part of the things that Aneva likes to do to give back to her community.  She is on the Green Team at her high school and hosted an Earth Day Carnival at Boyd Elementary.

She has some pretty lofty goals for a 16-year-old.  She strives to be able to graduate in the top 10 of her class.  Then she plans on getting a degree in either Criminology or Psychology.  She would like to be a Criminal Profiler or other position in the criminology/psychology path.



Erin Couch - 2013 Great Futures Scholarship Recipient

Erin Couch – 2013 Great Futures Scholarship Recipient

The recipient of the 1st annual Great Futures college scholarship is a 16 year old that attends the Henderson Unit and Central High School. Erin Couch has a 4.88 GPA in the IB program that includes History, Math Studies, Psychology, Chemistry, and English as well as classes in Culinary Arts and Spanish. She is a Kiltie and is in Teen to Teen. At the club she helps with trash pickups, helps at Convoy of Hope and the Kitchen. She enjoys playing piano, violin, and drums and likes to read books. Club program involvement includes Keystone, Youth for Unity, Project Learn, Peer to Peer Mentoring, and Yeo. Erin is a leader at school as well as at the club.


* Any past member may apply

Scholastic and leadership ability, together with individual initiative and moral character will be the primary factors considered by the committee in selecting recipients. Scholarship recipients must maintain a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale to remain in the program.

Current BGC members and those already in the Scholarship Program are provided with guidance and assistance through the Teen Outreach & Scholarship Office. Students receive help in completing financial aid forms, college research, and ACT/SAT test preparation. For more information regarding this program, please contact Cindy Dodson at or (417) 862.9249 ext. 104.

The Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Program thanks the following for their faithful contributions in the lives of tomorrows leaders:

  • Mary Hoffman
  • Annie & Cephas Close
  • Lorence Millstead
  • Jack & Ann Gentry
  • Dave & Beverly Estes
  • Boys & Girls Club Partners In Education
  • Pat Scott
  • Boys & Girls Club Alumni Association
  • Charlie & Mary Beth O’Reilly
  • Zita & Mike Horan