Students that qualify, now have another opportunity for a scholarship after a Chillicothe couple established a fund prior to their passing. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Danette Rardon, Senior Vice President and Trust Officer with Citizen’s Bank and Trust.

Danette Rardon

Patrick and Helen Lee Crabtree were longtime members of the local community and wanted to give back. After the passing of longtime Chillicothe residents a scholarship fund was established for Chillicothe High School and Southwest/Livingston school graduates pursuing an education in agriculture or nursing.

Applications are available at both schools and can also be acquired at Citizen’s Bank and Trust in Chillicothe.

The entries are due by March 31st.

Press Release from Citizen’s Bank and Trust

A new scholarship has been established for qualified graduates of both Chillicothe High School and Southwest Livingston R-I who are pursuing Nursing or Agriculture degrees.

Announced by the Crabtree Educational Foundation Committee and Citizens Bank & Trust, the scholarship was established by the late Helen Lee Crabtree and is named for Mrs. Crabtree and her late husband, MW ‘Pat’ Crabtree.

The Crabtrees were married in Chillicothe in 1946. Pat taught agriculture at Chillicothe High School for 12 years and served as a Superintendent of Agriculture for the Missouri State Fair. He died in 1988.  Helen Lee, who passed away in 2013, was a lifelong Chillicothe resident and attended the Chillicothe Business College after her high school graduation.

Scholarship recipients must qualify academically, show financial need and enroll in a Missouri college or university in a Nursing or Agriculture program of study.

The first Crabtree Educational Foundation Scholarships will be awarded in May of 2014; scholarship applications are available at the two high schools and the Wealth Management department of the bank, and are due by March 31.