Chandler Hall, a 2017 graduate of College of the Ozarks, was presented with the ninth Chris Waller Memorial Scholarship.

The Branson native graduated with a Bachelor of Science in allied health science. He is currently enrolled in dental school at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

The scholarship is given to C of O graduates who possess outstanding character and want to further their education. The money for the scholarship comes from interest off the memorial endowment established in Waller’s memory.

Al and Marty Waller established the scholarship in memory of their son, Chris Waller, who graduated from Branson High School and attended C of O from 1997-2001 as a mathematics major.

He was a member of the C of O basketball team for four years, was named all-conference his senior year, and an NAIA Academic All-American his junior and senior years. He was inducted into the College of the Ozarks Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.

“We are really happy to present our scholarship to Chandler,” Al Waller said. “When we try to decide on a recipient, we try to find a C of O graduate with outstanding character that mirrors Chris’s life.

“Chandler was a graduate of Branson High School and a member of the C of O basketball team for four years, just like Chris, so it was an easy choice.”

Al Waller began his career at C of O in 1977 as men’s basketball coach and physical education instructor.  

He served in multiple roles throughout his tenure, including 25 years as the men’s basketball head coach, where he won 458 games, 12 conference championships and six national tournament appearances.

He was named the conference coach of the year 12 times and was inducted into the C of O Sports Hall of Fame, the NAIA Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He retired from C of O in 2015.

Marty Waller served as the administrator of the Child Development Center at the school for 21 years, coached the Bobcat Cheerleaders and assisted with the Christian Newman Association. 

She retired from C of O in 2014.

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