The Mary K. Axtell Trust Scholarship was established in 2019 to provide college education for worthy young men and women of Carroll County and Ray County.

Mary Katherine (Bush) Axtell was the daughter of Saline County cattleman and farmer Pike Caleb Bush and Pauline Metod Jones Bush. Early settlers in Missouri, the Bush family had a large stock ranch and farms in Carroll County near Norborne, Missouri, a Wood Heights farm in Ray County and a ranch in Jeff Davis County, Texas near Valentine. Mary, the second of three children, inherited parcels of the family farms when her parents passed away.

Mary passed away in 1960, and her trust was eventually administrated by Blue Ridge Bank and Trust Co. (BRBT), which petitioned the court to modify the trust so that the real estate could be sold. When the Bush family farms were sold, BRBT organized a scholarship fund in conjunction with Truman Heartland Community Foundation. As instructed in Mary’s charitable will and testamentary trust, the scholarship will provide perpetual support for students of Ray and Carroll County.

The Mary K. Axtell Trust Scholarship provides up to $5,000 per academic year for graduating high school seniors or past graduates from public high schools serving residents of Carroll County or Ray County and can be renewed for up to three additional years. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited junior college, college or university or a certification from an accredited technical school. Preference may be given to students pursuing agriculture related degrees.



Up to $5,000 per academic year.


Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for three additional years of funding. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment and a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.5.


The General Application will be opened December 15 and will be due (including any additional requirements for scholarships you may be matched with) April 1.

Please note that the general application requires transcripts showing grades from Fall Semester 2023. Any applications submitted with transcripts omitting Fall Semester 2023 will not be considered.



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