Photo Caption: Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks campus director Dr. John Keeney (far left) presents senior students Sheryl Evans and Donna Puckett (far right) with the Phil Davis Scholarship. Not pictured are student recipients Corey Newhart and Kayla Little.

Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks’ campus director, Dr. John Keeney, recently announced four students from the Lake area received the 2015 edition of the Phil Davis Scholarship. The recipients of the $1,000 scholarships are:

Sheryl Evans – Eldon, Missouri – Senior – Psychology; Corey Newhart – Lake Ozark, Missouri – Senior – Human Services; Donna Puckett – Camdenton, Missouri – Senior – General Studies; Kayla Little – Eldon – Senior, Missouri – Business Administration

“We are pleased to honor these four individuals with this prestigious scholarship as they continue their good works in the classroom and around the campus community,” said  Keeney. “These students embody the qualities the Phil Davis Scholarship focuses on and demonstrate a willingness to encourage and assist their fellow students.”

The scholarship is named in honor of, Gerald ‘Phil’ Davis, a former Columbia College-Lake of the Ozarks student. The scholarship was created in 1996 by his wife, Barbara Davis, and Dr. Mary Luetkemeyer, an English professor at the Lake campus at the time. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be of junior or senior status, maintain a 3.0 GPA and make a positive contribution to the campus community. Campus faculty members nominate and select the winners each spring.

Due to the generosity of faculty, staff and alumni, the scholarship has grown and the campus was able to provide $4,000 in scholarships compared to $1,000 in 2013.

Davis is remembered fondly for his dedication to the community and the pursuit of his education. He volunteered with the local fire department and also devoted many hours of his time to his fellow students. Davis passed away from cancer only a few classes short of obtaining his bachelor’s degree.