Smith-Cotton senior Bailey Brown was selected as the recipient of the Sedalia 200 district-level John T. Belcher Scholarship.

Brown will receive $500 and moves on to the regional level of the statewide scholarship program, which is sponsored by the Missouri School Boards Association.

According to the MSBA website (, MSBA FutureBuilders “established the scholarship program in memory of John T. Belcher, who was instrumental in developing innovative financing programs for Missouri school districts. The learning environment for thousands of Missouri’s public school students improved as a result of his work."
Each year, one student in each of MSBA’s 17 regions receives a $1,000 scholarship. From the regional winners, a statewide recipient is selected and awarded an additional $1,500.

Applicants are judged on their academic performance, extracurricular activities and an essay.

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In the photo: During the Jan. 23 Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education meeting, Smith-Cotton senior Bailey Brown was recognized as this year’s recipient of the district-level John T. Belcher Scholarship. With Brown are School Board President Diana Nichols, left, and Sedalia School District Foundation President Diedre Esquivel. The Foundation provides the $500 local scholarship.

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