Big dreams in a small town

 Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:54 am

Elsberry graduate Kimberly Croxville poses for a photo with her parents after being named the Valedictorian of the class of 2014. Croxville plans to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia in the fall and major in international business.

Elsberry graduate Kimberly Croxville poses for a photo with her parents after being named the Valedictorian of the class of 2014. Croxville plans to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia in the fall and major in international business.

The sky seems to be the limit for Elsberry graduate Kimberly Croxville as she prepares for her first semester of study at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Croxville, who graduated as the Valedictorian of the class of 2014, has received the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship in the amount of $500, the University of Missouri Alumni Association Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, the Jillian Young Memorial Scholarship and now the University of Missouri Curator’s Scholarship in the amount of $4,500 per year.

“It’s actually the highest academic scholarship that the university offers,” said Croxville. “You have to score a 28 or higher on the ACT and be in the top 10 percent of your class. The scholarship was definitely a big help.”

These days it costs approximately $25, 000 per year to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia and Croxville said with all of the scholarships she has received she is still only half of the way there.

Croxville is set to moves into her dorm on Aug. 19 and is still waiting to hear from the Red Cross and the Missouri Department of Education with regard to other scholarships that she is eligible for.

After that, Croxville said she plans to make up the difference herself.

“I’m pretty financially independent,” said Croxville. “I’ve paid all of my own bills while in high school. I have my own car insurance and cell phone bill. My parents pride themselves on the fact that their children are financially independent so I plan to pay for school all by myself and working through college since I’m not eligible for grants or work-study.”
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