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The atrium at OTC's Richwood Valley campus is being named in honor of the Talbot family.
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The atrium at OTC's Richwood Valley campus is being named in honor of the Talbot family.

OTC receives seven-figure donation

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Ozarks Technical Community College received a naming-level donation in the seven figures.

The gift comes from the estate of longtime Nixa teacher Emma Talbot, who died in 2020, according to a news release. OTC yesterday named the atrium at its Richwood Valley campus in Christian County in honor of the Talbot family. The donation amount was undisclosed.

“Ms. Talbot was an outstanding educator who focused on helping her students in and out of the classroom,” said Hal Higdon, OTC chancellor, in the release. “Her generous gift allows her legacy to live beyond her lifetime by removing financial barriers for students who seek to better their lives.”

The donation establishes the Talbot Family Scholarship Fund that places an emphasis on financial aid for single mothers. Starting in the fall semester this year, the fund will provide scholarships for up to 40 OTC students annually.

In addition to teaching, Talbot established an all-female investment group. She was later diagnosed with cancer, according to the release. An OTC spokesperson was unsure about the source of Talbot’s wealth.

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