2016-2017 George Washington Carver Scholarship


The Carver Birthplace Association (CBA), in conjunction with the George Washington Carver National Monument, is pleased to announce the fourteenth annual George Washington Carver Scholarship. The scholarship is a onetime award in the amount of $1,000.00 for the 2016/2017 academic year. It will be awarded to a local graduating high school senior, or local home school student receiving a GED certificate. Criteria for determining the award recipient will include academic achievement, community involvement and need. Students should plan to attend Iowa State University, Tuskegee University, Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, or an accredited college within a 100 mile radius of Diamond, Missouri, site of the George Washington Carver National Monument. Chosen area of study must include one of the following: Science, Art, Agriculture, Music, or Education.

Scholarship applications may be obtained from the Visitor Center at the George Washington Carver National Monument located at 5646 Carver Road, Diamond, Missouri (beginning 2/05/16), or from local high school guidance counselors(beginning 2/12/16). Applications must be submitted to the park by Friday March 11, 2016. For more information you may contact Ann McCormick, CBA Director by email at cba.volunteers@gmail.com or by phone at 417-325-4151 Ext 276.

Carver Birthplace Association exists to encourage the scientific, educational, historical and interpretive activities of the National Park Service at George Washington Carver National Monument. As an educator at the Tuskegee Institute Dr. Carver encouraged his students to “strive for your highest goal.” The Annual CBA Scholarship is one way we strive to continue Dr. Carver’s example.

Carver Birthplace Association Annual Meeting

The Carver Birthplace Association Annual meeting will be held on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 in the George Washington Carver National Monument conference room. All members are invited to attend.

If you have any questions or need more information, please call Executive Director Ann McCormick at 417 325-4151 Ext. 276.

Just one of the many things for children to enjoy at George Washington Carver National Monument. Come and experience the fun of making peanut milk in the Carver Lab.

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Juneteenth Celebration Promoted by Friend of George Washington Carver Birthplace

FINAL – Governor Proclamation New Mexico Juneteeth Freedom Day

Our very good friend Booker T. Woodard travels the United States promoting the Legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver. Please see the proclamations issued by New Mexico – Governor Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs, along with community based organizations from around the state in Hobbs, Las Cruces, Clovis, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Alamogordo, Carlsbad and Rio Rancho which were celebrating the rich culture, legacy and heritage of African Americans in New Mexico on June 19, 2015.

2015-2016 George Washington Carver Academic Scholarship Recipient

Nikki Hitchcock

The George Washington Carver Birthplace Association, is pleased to award the 2015-2016 George Washington Carver Academic Scholarship to Ms. Nicole Hitchcock from Carthage, Mo. Nicole graduated from Carthage High School, where she was a Leader in the United Way Club, the National Honor Society, and the Link Crew. She also won honorable mention in the Missouri Scholars 100 program, sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools across Missouri were invited to nominate candidates for this statewide recognition. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student’s grade point average and ACT or SAT score. Each student nominated had to first meet criteria of an “Academic Decathlon,” which included ten “events” designed to assure the academic strength of the student. To meet the decathlon requirements, the student must have a minimum GPA of ten percent of the class, and have taken upper level courses in mathematics, science, English, school citizen, and be involved in the school activity program. Nicole plans to attend Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., where she will be majoring in Cell & Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry.

Congratulations Nicole.

Dr. Walter A. Hill and Dr. Benjamin J. Allen have joined the Board of Directors of CBA

The Carver Birthplace Association is pleased to announce the appointment of 2 new members to the CBA Board of Directors.

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Dr. Walter A. Hill;
Dr. Hill has served as a faculty member for 37 years and Dean/Director for 27 years at Tuskegee University. He is currently Dean, College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences and Director, 1890 Land Grant Research and Extension. During 2012-14 he assumed additional service as Vice Provost and Interim Provost, respectively. He provided leadership for development and recent construction of the Henderson Hall for Agricultural and Life Sciences and for new degree programs in Integrative BioSciences (PhD), Integrative Public Policy and Development (PhD), Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Engineering (PhD) and Agribusiness (BS). Dr. Hill served as faculty advisor for 17 student award winning projects and is a founder of the Carver Integrative Sustainability Center, Black Belt Family Farm Marketing Innovation Center, Alabama Land Grant Alliance, Black Belt Community Foundation and Professional Agricultural Workers Journal. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Societies. He serves as Chair of the 1890 Council of Deans and was recently selected as Chair of the Administrative Heads Section of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. Dr. Hill received his PhD in agronomy from the University of Illinois, Urbana, master’s degrees from both the University of Arizona and University of Chicago, and the B.S. degree from Lake Forest College, Illinois.


Dr. Benjamin J. Allen;
Dr. Benjamin Allen served as the President, of Northern Iowa University, 2006-2013,concurrent with his appointment as professor, of the Department of Management. During his tenure as President, he provided the leadership for the Iowa state-wide mathematics and science education initiative, co-chaired the Institute for Tomorrow’s Workforce, and led a successful $150 million capital campaign. His prior academic appointments include: Provost in the Interim, and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Iowa State University; Dean, College of Business, Iowa State University; University Distinguished Professor in Business, and professor in both the departments of Transportation and Logistics and Economics, Iowa State University; Oren Harris Chairholder/Professor, Department of Marketing and Transportation, University of Arkansas; Director, Midwest Transportation Center, Iowa State University/University of Iowa; and Visiting McKinley Professor of Economics and Public Utilities, Department of Economics, University of Illinois. Dr. Allen served as a Brookings Institution Policy Fellow, was awarded the doctorate of Humane Letters Honorary Degree by Iowa State University, is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Golden Key Honor Societies, has complied a distinguished record of scholarship, and served as a consultant to a range of entities (ATA Foundation, U. S. Department of Transportation, Burlington Northern Railroad Company, the Federal Trade Commission).  Dr. Allen received a PhD and MA degrees in economics at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and a BS degree in economics from Indiana University, Bloomington.

2015 Art & Essay

Check out this link for information on the 2015 Art & Essay competition for 4th graders


DIAMOND, MO –George Washington Carver National Monument announces the annual Art & Essay
Contest! Open to all fourth graders in the four-state region, this program encourages research and
creativity through essay writing and creating original artwork, based on the theme:
If I could take a morning nature walk with George Washington Carver, I would . . . 
Held during Black History Month, Art and Essay helps students learn more about the life of George
Washington Carver. Contest information is available on the park website at www.nps.gov/gwca.
Please call the park if you would like to receive materials by mail. Entries must be received or
postmarked by February 12, 2015.  Please mail or bring entries to:
George Washington Carver National Monument
5646 Carver Road
Diamond, MO  64840
An awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the park visitor
center. Certificates, ribbons, and trophies will be awarded. Please join teachers, parents, park staff,
and volunteers in honoring participating students. Art and Essay is sponsored in partnership with the
Carver Birthplace Association and Missouri Southern State University Department of Teacher
A Call to Action Strategic Plan charts a path toward the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service.
One action concept, Live and Learn, provides multiple ways for children to learn about the national
parks and what they reveal about the nation’s history.  Art & Essay encourages research and creative


Randall Becker
Supervisory Park Ranger
5646 Carver Road
Diamond, MO 64840-8314
Telephone 417.325.4151
Please visit the park Facebook page or YouTube channel

Make your Reservations for the George Washington Carver Commemorative Dinner

Saturday, January 3rd.

Farber Building at Crowder College, Neosho, MO

Taking reservations for the Carver Commemorative Dinner. Please call 417 325-4151 Ext 276 to confirm. We have some great Silent Auction items, including (4) $50 Gift Cards from Academy Sports. A LA-Z-Boy chair from our very good friends at LA-Z-Boy Midwest, Pampering from Health E Fix in Neosho, Joplin Y membership, an original movie poster from the new George Washington Carver Movie, Dr. Fly’s in Neosho and Carthage, Precious Moments figurines. That is just a sampling of great items. We even have wine & cheese.. Plan on a great time…..Make your reservations now…