Grants & Scholarships

High School Scholarships

Corporal Benjamin Ashley Memorial Scholarship

Benjamin James Thomas Ashley was born July 7, 1984, to Kenneth and Donna Ashley. Benjamin was full of love and service for others from the time he was a little boy. He was always the defender of the underdog or those society shunned because they were different. His love for mankind had no barriers.

Benjamin began playing the alto saxophone in the 6th grade and continued participating in musical activities at Truman High School, including marching band, concert band, symphonic band, and jazz band. Benjamin was also active in the choir and youth activities at Oak Grove Community of Christ  He was an Eagle Scout and participated in various athletic programs, graduating from Truman High School in 2002. 

On March 31, 2004, Benjamin fulfilled a dream he’d had since he was five years old and enlisted in the United States Army. On July 25th of that same year, he married Kassandra Kay Kistner, also a 2002 graduate of Truman High School. On October 4, 2006, he left with his unit for Camp Anaconda, Iraq, where he was stationed when his vehicle hit an IED on May 24, 2007. 

Benjamin is survived by his wife, Kassandra; son, Alexander Gage; parents, Ken and Donna Ashley; and sister, Khristin Ashley Dutzel. His family and friends have established this scholarship as a lasting legacy to honor the legacy of a fallen soldier who served his country faithfully. This scholarship will support college education for graduating seniors from Truman High School who exemplify his character by demonstrating a strong faith, a love for music and a commitment to the service of others.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating Senior from Truman High School in Independence, Missouri;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited junior college, college or university;
  • Must have participated in music-related activities, whether in school or not;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in community service activities;
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Amount:

Up to $500.

Renewable:

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

Corporal Benjamin Ashley Memorial Scholarship application.

Association for Industrial Development Scholarship- High School

The Association for Industrial Development (AID) was established in 1970 with the mission of stimulating economic development by creating infrastructure to attract manufacturing business to Independence. During its tenure, the Association acquired land and developed two industrial parks on Truman Road, adding businesses and jobs to the community. Proceeds of the Association’s work were used to establish a scholarship to support Eastern Jackson County students enrolled in higher education and training programs to assure that a technically trained workforce continues to be available.


Eligibility:

  • Must be a current resident of Eastern Jackson County, Missouri;
  • Must be a graduating high school senior from Independence, Blue Springs, Ft. Osage, Lee’s Summit, Grain Valley or Raytown schools or an employee of a business located in either of the Truman Road industrial parks in Independence;
  • Must be pursuing a two or four-year undergraduate degree at any Metropolitan Community College campus or accredited college or university;
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and demonstrated leadership capabilities;
  • Financial need may be considered.

Amount:

May be $500 – $1,000 per academic year.

Renewable: 

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.

Deadline:

New applications must be submitted by March 31.

Renewal applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

High School: Apply for the Association for Industrial Development Scholarship - High School.

Industrial Park Employees: Apply for the Association for Industrial Development Scholarship- Industrial Park Employees.

Renewal Applicants: Renew your Association for Industrial Development Scholarship.

Pat Barnhard Memorial Scholarship

Steven Patrick “Pat” Barnhard graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1985. He went on to earn a B.A. in broadcasting with a minor in political science and an M.A. in history from Northwest Missouri State University. His love of history and political science led him to serve as an intern for Congressman Ike Skelton in 1991, through the Lyndon B. Johnson Congressional Internship program.

Pat’s compassion for those less fortunate led him to serve many times as the director of Camp Opportunity for abused and neglected children and as a YouthFriends mentor later in his life. His community involvement was substantial as well. He volunteered his time in leadership positions with the Independence Chamber of Commerce, American Foundry Society and the Kansas City Scottish Rite.

Pat was a successful businessman with Edward Jones Investments, helping individuals help themselves by guiding them toward financial security. He conducted his business and community dealings from the foundation of strong faith and served as a priesthood member of the Community of Christ and youth leader in his church congregation. His love of people and dedication to his family and friends were exemplary.

He is survived by his wife, Sonia, his children Mia and Noah and his parents, Dwight and Carolyn Barnhard. His family and friends established this scholarship as a tribute to the life of service that Pat led. The scholarship will support college education for graduating seniors from William Chrisman High School who plan to study history, political science or business and have a heart for community service.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri;
  • Must plan to pursue a degree in history, political science or business at an accredited junior college, college or university;
  • Must have demonstrated two year participation in history, political science or business extra-curricular activities (school related or other);
  • Must have demonstrated two year participation in community service activities;
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Amount:

Up to $500.

Renewable: 

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

Pat Barnhard Memorial Scholarship application.

John S. Barrett Memorial Scholarship

John S. Barrett, Sr. was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He served as a military police officer during the Vietnam War and was a 25-year veteran police officer with the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department.

After retirement, John served the community of Lathrop, Missouri, as a member of the Lathrop Board of Education, the Rural Water District Board of Directors, the Lathrop Fire Protection District Board of Directors and the Lathrop Rotary Club.

John was a man that understood the value of a good education. He continuously encouraged young people to attend college and earn a degree because “that piece of paper would open many doors for them.”

This scholarship was established in memory of John by his wife, Virginia, and his children, John S. Barrett, Jr. and Amy G. Barrett. It is the hope of John’s family that this scholarship will help open doors for its recipients.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Lathrop High School in Lathrop, Missouri;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited junior college, college or university;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or an ACT score of 21 or above.

Amount:

Up to $1,000.

Renewable:

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by April 15.

Apply:

For application information, please see counselors at Lathrop High School.

Josh Borgmeyer Memorial Scholarship

The Josh Borgmeyer Memorial Scholarship is awarded as part of the Blue Springs High School Drama Booster Scholarship Program. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of attendance and participation in the Blue Springs High School Drama Club.

For more information, please contact Leann Eisenreich, President of the Drama Boosters Club.

Brian Borgstadt Memorial Scholarship

Brian Borgstadt was an honors student and 1999 graduate of Blue Springs South High School. He was dedicated to high academic achievement and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia as a Bright Flight and Curator’s scholar prior to his untimely death during his senior year. In memory of Brian, his family invites Blue Springs South High School seniors who will be attending MU to apply for this scholarship.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating Senior from Blue Springs South High School in Blue Springs, Missouri;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at University of Missouri-Columbia;
  • Must demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership and good moral character.

Amount:

Up to $500.

Renewable:

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

Brian Borgstadt Memorial Scholarship application.

Steven D. Brown Scholarship

Steven D. Brown started teaching at Olathe High School in 1972. He served as assistant principal at Santa Fe Trail Junior High from 1974 to 1982. Mr. Brown became principal at Santa Fe Trail in 1982, and remained in that position until his untimely death on May 21, 1992.

Mr. Brown loved sports. He played basketball in college, coached at Olathe North and was an avid golfer. He was a member of the Olathe Christian Church and was active in community service, serving as chair of the Gardner Planning Commission for 10 years and as president of the Gardner Lions’ Club.

This memorial scholarship was established by Jeanne Brown Geiger in Steve’s honor to benefit students of the Olathe School District. 

For more information, please contact the counseling office at your Olathe School District high school. 

Gene and Joanne Cable Scholarship

Gene and Joanne Cable, owners of Cable Chevrolet for nearly 40 years, have actively served and supported the Eastern Jackson County region both with talent and treasure. As a young married couple, Gene and Joanne moved to Independence in 1956, and became involved in business and civic life. Gene served as a member of the original Independence City Charter Commission and became President of the Independence Rotary Club. Joanne joined Junior Service League in 1959, and became an active volunteer with many charitable organizations that involved children and the arts.

The Cables established this scholarship to help the youth of our community attain the skills needed for a good future. They recognize the importance of a good education and enjoy helping others prepare for their futures.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating high school senior from Truman, William Chrisman or Van Horn High School in Independence, Missouri;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in school activities such as sports and debate;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in out-of-school activities such as work and community service;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Amount:

Up to $2,000 per academic year.

Renewable:

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.

Deadline:

New and renewal applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

New applicants: Gene and Joanne Cable Scholarship application.

Renewal applicants: Renew your Gene and Joanne Cable Scholarship.

Centerpoint Medical Center Medical Staff Scholarship

The medical staff of Centerpoint Medical Center established this scholarship to benefit its employees and their families who are pursuing degrees in the human healthcare fields.

Eligibility:

  • Must be an employee or dependent of an employee of Centerpoint Medical Center;
  • Must be pursuing a degree related to human healthcare (nursing, pharmacy, radiology, etc.);
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 during the last four semesters of study;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in community service and/or employment activities;
  • Must have excellent communication skills (applicants may be asked to complete a phone or personal interview to demonstrate communication skills).

Amount:

Up to $1,000 per academic year.

Renewable:

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

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by June 30.

Apply:

Centerpoint Medical Center Medical Staff Scholarship application.

David A. Cromwell Memorial Scholarship

David Cromwell was a 2003 graduate of Blue Springs South High School. He was enrolled at the University of Missouri-Columbia and planned to start classes in the fall of 2004. David died in a tragic accident six weeks after his high school graduation.

David had a love of life, learning and humanity. It is the wish of his family and friends that his dream of attending college live on by helping others achieve their educational goals with the help of this scholarship fund established to honor David’s memory.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Blue Springs or Blue Springs South High School in Blue Springs, Missouri;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at a four year public university in the state of Missouri.

Amount:

Up to $1,000.

Renewable:

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

David A. Cromwell Memorial Scholarship application.

Senator Ronnie DePasco Scholarship

Senator Ronnie DePasco was a resident of the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri, for over 50 years. He attended Holy Trinity grade school and graduated from Northeast High School in 1962.

After attending Maple Woods Community College, DePasco went to work for Armco Steel, working in the metallurgical department for 5 years. He left Armco to run the family business, DePasco’s Tavern, which was established in 1934, and was located at 12th and Cleveland.

In 1976, with encouragement from family and friends, DePasco ran for the Missouri House of Representatives. Winning that election, he went on to represent the Northeast area in the House for the next 16 years. In 1992, he was elected to the Missouri Senate. He was reelected to this position several more times and proudly served as Senator until his death in 2003.

During DePasco’s tenure as an elected official, he achieved many notable goals, including securing funding for the Liberty Memorial, the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, the Truman Memorial Building and the historic Harry S. Truman Courthouse in Independence.

As an avid supporter of law enforcement, he was widely recognized for his work on issues affecting the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department and his sponsorship of many anti-crime bills such as Jake’s Law. His proudest political achievement was the creation of the Cliff Drive Scenic Byway. It was officially named the Ronnie DePasco Scenic Byway in 2003, with plaques at each of the four entrances honoring him.

While Ronnie was always modest about his accomplishments, others profusely praised and honored them. Over 40 organizations honored him as “Senator of the Year” or “Man of the Year.” The Kansas City Star reported that DePasco “was remembered as a man of wit and compassion whose affection for the old neighborhood in the Northeast area of Kansas City endured for a lifetime.”

Understanding this devotion, his family has established this scholarship foundation to honor Senator DePasco and the love he had for his community and its future.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Northeast High School in Kansas City, Missouri;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited junior college, college or university in Missouri;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75;
  • Must have a minimum ACT score of 18;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in school activities and community service.

Amount:

Up to $1,000.

Renewable:

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 15.

Apply:

Senator Ronnie DePasco Scholarship application.

Glenda K. Dowler Memorial Scholarship

Mrs. Glenda K. Dowler was an educator passionate about her students. She always sought to bring out the best in each individual. Her expectations were unwavering, and for Mrs. Dowler’s students, failure was not an option. She spent countless hours mentoring students and making phone calls to parents. She knew that not all students were “A” students but that all students could succeed in the classroom if given the right tools. Mrs. Dowler hoped to give all students the opportunity to become productive members of society.

In honor of Mrs. Dowler’s dedication to her students, a scholarship established by her family will be awarded to deserving Lee’s Summit North High School graduating seniors.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Lee’s Summit North High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri;
  • Must be pursuing a degree at an accredited college or university, community college, trade school or other approved job skill certification or training program;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in school activities such as sports;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in out-of-school activities such as work and community service;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Amount:

Up to $750.

Renewable:

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 31.

Apply:

Glenda K. Dowler Memorial Scholarship application.

Drexel Public School Foundation Scholarships

Truman Heartland Community Foundation manages all Drexel Public School Foundation’s scholarship funds. Eligible applicants must be graduating seniors of Drexel High School.

For more information, please contact Chris Collins or 816-985-8964.

Fort Osage Resources Champion Education (FORCE) Scholarships

Truman Heartland Community Foundation manages all Fort Osage High School scholarship funds. Eligible applicants must be graduating seniors of Fort Osage High School.

For more information, please contact Mary Hay.

Sara Garrett Memorial Scholarship

Sara Garrett, who lost her life in an automobile accident, was a caring and compassionate person. She received both academic and athletic scholarships, played collegiate basketball in national tournaments and received her degree with honors. This scholarship has been established in Sara’s name to honor her memory.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior female varsity basketball player from Blue Springs High School in Blue Springs, Missouri;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited junior college, college, or university;
  • Must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in activities in school and the community;
  • Must have personal qualities of being a caring, compassionate person who supports and helps others; a leader with a commitment to excellence; and someone who expresses determination and perseverance.

Amount:

Up to $1,000.

Renewable:

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by the March 1.

Apply:

Sara Garrett Memorial Scholarship application.

Brandon Gieselman Memorial 4-H and FFA Scholarship

Brandon Cole Gieselman was born on July 18, 1983. He was the son of Mark and Nancy Gieselman and brother of Tara Gieselman of Lafayette County. Brandon had a zest for life and was an avid outdoorsman and horseman. He was an active member of the Young Riders 4‐H Club and the Lexington FFA Chapter.

On October 24, 1999, at the age of 16, Brandon tragically lost his life in an automobile accident. In his honor, those who loved Brandon have established this scholarship in his name to provide 4‐H and FFA participants assistance in furthering their education.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating high school senior or college student with membership in a Lafayette County 4-H Club or FFA Chapter;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited junior college, college, or university;
  • Must have demonstrated academic excellence;
  • Must have demonstrated financial need.

Amount:

May be $500 – $1,000.

Renewable:

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

Brandon Gieselman Memorial 4-H and FFA Scholarship application.

Grain Valley School District Foundation Scholarships

Truman Heartland Community Foundation manages all Grain Valley School District Foundation’s scholarship funds. Eligible applicants must be graduating seniors from Grain Valley High School.

For more information, please contact the Grain Valley High School Counseling Center.

Rachel House Hudson Memorial Scholarship

Harvey and Lois House’s oldest child, Rachel, was a bright star. Growing up in Grain Valley, she was an outstanding student and a member of the National Honor Society. In addition to her academics, Rachel was active in everything from band and choir to cheerleading and track.

Rachel left home to attend college at Northwest Missouri State University, where she remained active in cheerleading as a varsity cheerleader. Rachel graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Corporate Fitness. After college, Rachel landed her dream job as a personal trainer with a major Kansas City business and married her college sweetheart. One month after her wedding, while driving home from work, Rachel was tragically killed in a car accident. She was 21 years old.

Through their heartbreak, Harvey and Lois have continued to find solace in the knowledge that Rachel is in heaven. During her short life, Rachel gave Harvey and Lois many things about which to be proud. But they are most proud of Rachel’s positive moral character influenced by her strong Christian faith. In the years since Rachel passed away, Harvey and Lois have poured the grief of her loss into honoring and remembering Rachel’s character. This scholarship will support graduating seniors from Eastern Jackson County with strong faith and moral character similar to Rachel’s.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from a public or private high school in Blue Springs, Fort Osage, Grain Valley, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Oak Grove or Raytown school districts;
  • Must have demonstrated faithfulness to God and a desire to grow in that relationship;
  • Must have demonstrated high moral standards;
  • Must have demonstrated trustworthiness in their relationships with others, treating them with kindness and respect;
  • Must have demonstrated determination and perseverance;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in school activities such as sports as well as out-of-school activities such as work and community service.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Amount:

Up to $1,000.

Renewable:

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

Rachel House Hudson Scholarship application.

Blair Michaela Shanahan Lane Memorial Scholarship

Blair Michaela Shanahan Lane was a beloved, big-hearted 11 year old when she passed away in 2011. In Blair’s memory, her family has honored her desire to change the world by providing hope, comfort, support, clothing and other basic necessities to children in distressed situations through a non-profit organization called Blair’s Foster Socks. Blair’s Foster Socks established the Blair Michaela Shanahan Lane Memorial Scholarship in 2016 to build upon Blair’s loving legacy by providing scholarships to students in distressed situations. 

Eligibility:
  • Must be a graduating senior from any public high school in Independence, Lee’s Summit, or Raytown, or from Archbishop O’Hara High School in Kansas City or St. Michael the Archangel High School in Lee’s Summit;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5;
  • Must have demonstrated involvement in school activities such as sports or music as well as out-of-school work and community service involvement;
  • Must have demonstrated perseverance through distressed life circumstances. 

Amount:

Up to $1,000 per academic year.

Renewable:

May 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.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

Application will be available in August 2017 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Thomas C. Locke Scholarship

The Eastern Jackson County Bar Association established this scholarship to honor the extraordinary legacy of attorney Thomas C. Locke, Lieutenant Colonel, USAR, and to inspire students to a life of service to country and their fellow citizens. Mr. Locke graduated from law school in 1978, and practiced law for 25 years as a military judge advocate and civilian attorney in Independence, Missouri.

Mr. Locke served 28 years of active and reserve military duty in the United States Army. His assignment at retirement was as Staff Judge Advocate for the 3rd Corps Support Command, where he supervised a staff of 12 attorneys and five legal specialists and provided legal advice to the Command on operational law, international law and military law.

At the time of his death, Mr. Locke was a shareholder and director of the Welch, Martin, Albano & Manners, P.C. law firm in Independence, Missouri, where he devoted the majority of his practice to the representation of injured workers. He was a past Chairperson of the Workers’ Compensation Committee of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Workplace Injury Litigation Group, a nationwide organization devoted to representing the interests of injured works. He also held leadership positions in the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church and the Jackson County Law Library.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating seniors from any public high school in Eastern Jackson County, Missouri, including Independence, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Fort Osage, Grain Valley, and Oak Grove;
  • Must be pursuing a undergraduate degree at any accredited junior college, college or university;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in school activities such as sports, music or debate;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in out-of-school activities such as work or community service;
  • Must have career and personal goals related to those of Thomas Locke.

Amount:

Up to $1,000.

Renewable:

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

Thomas C. Locke Scholarship application.

McMillin Family Foundation Scholarship

Betty Jean McMillin was a teacher and world traveler who loved to visit other cultures. She was often touched by the impoverishment of people due to the lack of opportunity. Betty established the McMillin Family Foundation Scholarship to help others attain the skills needed for a good future and to honor her parents, Clarence and Lucile, and her brother, Edward.

The McMillin family has been in the area for several generations. Clarence was a farmer in the early years of his life. Later he became a steel worker at Armco until he retired. He was a hard worker and was remembered for his great gardens. Lucile was from the Brooks family, who were early homesteaders in South Dakota. Lucile remembered riding in a horse-drawn wagon across the prairies of Nebraska. She was a kind and gentle soul who took great care of her family with very little means. Betty had one younger brother, Edward, who was a carpenter. He worked very hard for everything he earned and was a great role model for his family.

Betty recognized the importance of a good education and built her life around helping others prepare for their futures. She received her bachelor’s degree in teaching from Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, later receiving a master’s degree in commerce from the University of Wyoming. She spent her career teaching at Northeast High School in Kansas City, Missouri. Betty knew how important her family’s support was when she was in school, so her dream was to establish a scholarship fund to help others meet the expenses of a college education.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating high school senior from the Fort Osage School District;
  • Must have a demonstrated participation in school activities;
  • Must be in the top 25% of graduating class.

Amount:

Up to $1,000 per academic year. 

Renewable: 

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.

Deadline:

New applications must be submitted by March 31.

Renewal applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

New applicants: McMillin Family Foundation Scholarship application.

Renewal applicants: Renew your McMillin Family Foundation Scholarship.

Edward L. and Helen L. Newlin Scholarship

The Edward L. and Helen L. Newlin scholarship was established in 2006 by Edward and Helen Newlin of Oak Grove, Missouri, to provide college education for worthy young men and women of Eastern Jackson County.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from a public high school in one of the following school districts: Blue Springs, Fort Osage, Grain Valley, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Oak Grove or Raytown;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited four year college or university.

Amount:

Up to $1,500 per academic year.

Renewable:

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 3.0.

Deadline:

New and renewal applications much be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

New Applicants: Apply for the Newlin scholarship.

Renewal Applicants: Renew your Newlin scholarship.

Georgia B. Northway Memorial Scholarship

The Midwest Hemophilia Association offers this scholarship for graduating high school seniors and college students who have been diagnosed or have a family member diagnosed with a bleeding disorder. To be eligible, the applicant or a family member over the age of 21 must be a member in good standing of the Midwest Hemophilia Association.

For more information and to apply, please visit: http://midwesthemophilia.org/applications-and-registrations/.

Oak Grove School District Education Foundation

Truman Heartland Community Foundation manages several Oak Grove School District Education Foundation’s scholarship funds. Eligible applicants must be graduating seniors from Oak Grove High School.

For more information, please contact the Oak Grove High School Counseling Center or Jacqueline Guilkey at jguilkey@oakgrove.k12.mo.us.

Wendell J. and Myrna J. Olson Student Assistance Scholarship

This scholarship was made possible by a gift from Wendell and Myrna Olson to provide scholarships for members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia, Missouri. 

Eligibility:

  • Must be an active member in good standing at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Concordia, Missouri;
  • Must be a graduating high school senior; a part-time or full-time student in good academic standing at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri, University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, any Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod affiliated post-secondary institution located in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas, Minnesota, Nebraska or Indiana; or any vocational training institution in Missouri;
  • Must demonstrate good character, leadership and service.

Amount:

Up to $1,000 per academic year.

Renewable:

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.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 15.

Apply:

For application information, please contact St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Sam and Lindsey Porter Scholarship

Lindsey and Sam Porter loved people. They were very friendly and outgoing students at Fairmount Elementary in Independence, Missouri. They enjoyed playing outside and both played soccer and basketball. Lindsey was eight and Sam was seven in 2004 when they died tragically. 

Their mother, Tina Porter, and citizens and organizations in Independence raised several thousand dollars to establish a memorial fund at THCF. An initial grant from the memorial fund was made to build a playground in Independence in memory of Sam and Lindsey. The balance was used to create this scholarship in their names. The first award from the Sam and Lindsey Porter Scholarship was given in 2014, the year Lindsey would have graduated William Chrisman High School.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Truman, Van Horn, or William Chrisman High School, in Independence, Missouri;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in early childhood education at an accredited junior college, college or university;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in extra-curricular school activities;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in community service and work activities;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Amount:

Up to $500. 

Renewable: 

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

Sam and Lindsey Porter Scholarship application.

Raytown Educational Foundation Scholarships

Truman Heartland Community Foundation manages all Raytown Educational Foundation Scholarships. Eligible applicants must be graduating seniors of Raytown high schools.

For more information, please contact Martha Cockerell or visit www.raytowneducationalfoundation.org.

Raytown Rotary Club "Service Above Self" Scholarship

Truman Heartland Community Foundation manages the Raytown Rotary Club "Service Above Self" Scholarship. Eligible applicants must be graduating seniors from the Raytown School District pursuing an undergraduate degree.

For more information, contact Shirley Wurth.

Eugene J. Rolfe Memorial Scholarship

Eugene “Gene” J. Rolfe, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Gene grew up with a love of music and a desire to understand the world around him. His love of music could be seen as he played clarinet in his high school band and gave guitar lessons throughout high school, college and even after graduating from college. He played guitar in “garage bands” throughout his life and was a longtime member of his church choirs.

Gene’s desire to understand the world around him led him to building, repairing, filming and exploring the physics of the world around him. He majored in both physics and chemistry in college before landing on electrical engineering. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1976, with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He went on to receive his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from MU in 1978.

Gene worked throughout his career for the same company in Kansas City, moving through various positions and into management. His desire to teach extended beyond music and into engineering. He taught various computer programming courses for many years at Longview Community College in addition to continuing his engineering career. This love of teaching led him to work on his Ph.D. in Engineering and Networking at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His goal was to eventually retire from his job and take up teaching engineering at the university level. On a night in February, 1999, he was on his way to a class for his Ph.D. program when he was killed by a drunk driver.

This scholarship was established by Gene’s family to honor the traits that they loved in Gene and to encourage the same areas of interest in young people, just as Gene did by teaching those subjects.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduate of a high school or home school in the Lee’s Summit, Missouri, School District or the Archbishop O’Hara High School in Kansas City, Missouri;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in the field of engineering at any junior college, college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) within the United States;
  • Must have a demonstrated participation in music, either vocal or instrumental;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Amount:

Up to $1,000 per academic year.

Renewable:

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 3.0.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

New applicants: Eugene J. Rolfe Memorial Scholarship application.

Renewal applicants: Renew your Eugene J. Rolfe Memorial Scholarship.

Rolfe Bridge Scholarship

As a lifelong bridge player, Kathy Rolfe has always tried to promote the game of bridge. She has taught many friends and relatives over the years. In 2002, she began teaching students in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, within the local schools as an accredited American Contract Bridge League teacher. This scholarship is designed to provide motivation for Kathy’s students to continue to play and learn more about this game which will provide lifelong opportunities for enjoyment, learning and social contacts.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating high school senior;
  • Must be a graduate of a bridge course taught by Kathy Rolfe or a by a student of a Kathy Rolfe bridge course;
  • Must be a member of the American Contract Bridge League;
    Must have a demonstrated interest in contract bridge and have earned a minimum of one masterpoint;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Amount:

Up to $500 per academic year.

Renewable:

Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for three additional years of funding. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment, continued accrual of contract bridge masterpoints and a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Deadline:

New applications must be submitted by April 1.

Renewal applications must be submitted by September 1.

Apply:

New applicants: Rolfe Bridge Scholarship application.

Renewal applicants: Renew your Rolfe Bridge Scholarship.

Brianna Leigh Shelton Scholarship

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Blue Springs High School in Blue Springs, Missouri;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited junior college, college, or university;
  • Must have demonstrated involvement in music, forensics or theatre;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Amount:

Up to $500.

Renewable:

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

Brianna Leigh Shelton Scholarship application.

Sixth Bomb Group Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Sixth Bomb Group as a permanent memorial to the exploits, dedication, commitment and memories of the members of the Sixth Bomb Group while stationed on the island of Tinian in the Marianas Island during World War II (1944-1945). This scholarship is only available for relatives of members of the Sixth Bomb Group.

Eligibility:

  • Must be relative of a member of the Sixth Bomb Group;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university (vocational and trade schools subject to review);
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in extracurricular activities, community service and work;
  • Financial need may be considered.

Amount:

Up to $500.

Renewable:

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.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

New applicants:

High School – Apply for the Sixth Bomb Group Scholarship.

Undergraduate – Apply for the Sixth Bomb Group Scholarship.

Renewal applicants: Renew your Sixth Bomb Group Scholarship.

Laura G. Stark Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Laura G. Stark by her family. Laura was a physically fit, fun loving and devoted single mother of two sons who unexpectedly died of acute respiratory distress syndrome. She was a sports mom who had a great zest for life and laughter. Laura valued the educational process and went to great lengths to prepare her children for their future.

 

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Lee’s Summit High School or Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in human healthcare (nursing, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, etc.) at any accredited junior college, college or university;
  • Personal interviews may be required.

Amount:

Up to $500.

Renewable:

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

Laura G. Stark Scholarship application.

Jason Stone Creativity Scholarship

Jason Stone attended Blue Springs schools and graduated from Eastern Jackson County Alternative High School in 1993. Throughout his 31 years, he was an artist and poet. Jason had a sweet smile and steadfast courage in the face of adversity. He was a curious person, and when something caught his imagination, he immersed himself in it. His kind and gentle spirit touched all who knew him. His art and poetry embody a full, complex and profound life. His family has established this scholarship as a lasting legacy to honor Jason’s extraordinary talent and to inspire future artists and poets for years to come.

New Room, by Jason Stone

The wind howls
as I paint a tornado of color,
dark shaded circles of red and purple.

Twirling and tumbling across the walls,
floor and ceiling.
My soul being warm would be the feeling.

Color and designs
Would overwhelm the viewer
as it would be a shrine
to the human spirit and its potential.

With windows comparing
and contrasting its form
a new room would be born.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from any public high school in Independence, Blue Springs, Fort Osage or Lee’s Summit, Missouri, school districts;
  • Must be pursuing a visual art or creative writing undergraduate degree at any accredited junior college, college or university;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0;
  • Must have demonstrated art or creative writing interest.

Amount:

Up to $1,000 per academic year.

Renewable:

Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for three additional years of funding. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment in art or creative writing and a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

Not accepting applications for 2017-2018.

Sugar Creek Business and Civic Club Scholarship

Truman Heartland Community Foundation manages the Sugar Creek Business and Civic Club Scholarship. Eligible applicants must have been residents of Sugar Creek for at least two years.

For more information, contact Susan Davis or John McEvoy.


Bill Summa Scholarship

The Bill Summa Scholarship was established as a tribute to Coach Bill Summa upon his retirement from teaching in the Independence School District in 1988, to provide college education for graduating seniors from William Chrisman High School.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri;
  • Must have four years demonstrated participation in sports at William Chrisman High School;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at any junior college, college or university;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • Must have demonstrated financial need.

Amount:

Up to $500.

Renewable:

Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

Apply for the Bill Summa Scholarship.

Elizabeth Weekley Sutton Scholarship

Elizabeth Weekley Sutton was a home economics teacher for 30 years and was very active in her profession. She taught in the North Kansas City Schools for 28 years, teaching at North Kansas City High School for 12 years and at Oak Park High School for 16 years. As part of her legacy gift to Truman Heartland Community Foundation, Mrs. Sutton created this scholarship to honor students pursuing careers in Family and Consumer Sciences and its knowledge-based areas, including:

  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education;
  • Dietetics, Nutrition, Health and Food Management;
  • Human Development and Family Relations;
  • Apparel Design, Textiles and Merchandising;
  • Housing and Development;
  • Child Development;
  • Education;
  • Consumer Economics and Resource Management;
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education Extension; and
  • Issues related to the above subject areas.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from North Kansas City High School or Oak Park High School;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences or any of its knowledge-based areas (specific university departments/majors may be named differently);
  • Must have demonstrated strong morals;
  • Must have demonstrated leadership and community service;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Amount:

May be $1,000 per academic year.

Renewable:

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 3.0.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

Elizabeth Weekley Sutton Scholarship application. 

Tile Contractors' Association of America, Inc. Family Scholarship

Truman Heartland Community Foundation manages the Tile Contractors’ Association of America’s scholarships. Eligible applicants for the TCAA Family Scholarship must be qualified employees or family members of qualified employees of TCAA contractor companies.

For more information, please visit the TCAA’s scholarship web page at www.tcaainc.org/scholarships.php.

Tripp Family Scholarship- Oak Grove School District Education Foundation

Details coming soon. Check back! 

Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship

The Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship was created by Junior Service League of Independence to honor the memory of First Lady of the United States, Bess Wallace Truman, who was active in many community service organizations in Independence.

Mrs. Truman’s daughter, Margaret Truman Daniel, said of her mother:

“She is a woman of tremendous character, which the public may sense, but in addition, she is a warmhearted, kind lady with a robust sense of humor, a merry twinkling wit and a tremendous capacity for enjoying life.”

Junior Service League of Independence trains volunteers for leadership roles, initiates service in response to community needs and offers women opportunities for personal growth.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a current resident of Independence, Missouri;
  • Must be a female graduating high school senior attending public, private or home school;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited college or university;
  • Must have demonstrated academic merit with minimum GPA of 2.5, community service experience, school involvement and financial need;
  • Must NOT be a daughter, granddaughter or stepdaughter of a Junior Service League member.

Amount:

Up to $2,000 per academic year.

Renewable:

Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for three additional years of funding at $1,000 per academic year. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment, continuing community service and a minimum college GPA of 2.5.

Deadlines:

New applications must be submitted by February 13.

Renewal applications must be submitted by February 13.

Apply:

New Applicants: Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship application.

Renewal Applicants: Renew your Bess Wallace Truman Scholarship.

William Chrisman Class of 1953 Scholarship

The William Chrisman Class of 1953 established this scholarship for the benefit of graduating William Chrisman High School seniors.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited junior college, college or university;
  • Must be in the top 25% of graduating class (applicants for vocational schools need not meet the 25% requirement);
  • Must have demonstrated financial need;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in community service activities;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in extra-curricular activities;
  • Must have excellent written communication skills.

Amount:

May be $500 - 1,000.

Renewable:


Not a renewable scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

William Chrisman Class of 1953 Scholarship application.

Phillip Zaroor Entrepreneurial Scholarship

“You can’t be extraordinary doing ordinary things.” This was a phrase that Phillip Zaroor lived by and used to inspire those around him to strive for excellence. Alongside his wife and partner, Rhita Zaroor, Phil built an extraordinary legacy through his family, charitable work and numerous business ventures. Phil worked to pioneer the industry of tire performance management solutions through his business, Advance PressurePro, headquartered in Harrisonville, MO. 

Phil’s work at PressurePro was influential around the world, making the roads safer and creating savings and efficiencies for drivers and fleets of all types and sizes. During his career, Phillip was recognized as one of the country’s top entrepreneurs in Fortune Small Business Magazine, was honored by author David Thomson in his book, “Blueprint to a Billion: 7 Essentials to Achieve Exponential Growth,” and was awarded numerous honors in the Kansas City community and beyond.

Perhaps more importantly to Phil, he was a pillar in his community. His commitment to his family and business was matched only by his drive to help others. A founder of Harrisonville’s Rotary Club, a 17-year youth football coach, and a staple in the local business community and the transportation industry worldwide, Phil was regarded as a mentor and friend by countless people. 

The Zaroor family established the Phillip Zaroor Entrepreneurial Scholarship to honor Phillip’s legacy by providing support for graduates of Harrisonville High School who are passionate about entrepreneurship. 

Eligibility:

  • Must be graduating senior from Harrisonville High School;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited two or four year college, university or trade school;
  • Must have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Must have minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.25;
  • Must have demonstrated involvement in school and/or community related activities.

Amount:
$250 – $1,000 per academic year. (Year 1, $250 | Year 2, $500 | Year 3, $750 | Year 4, $1,000)

Renewable: 

Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for up to three additional years of funding. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continued college enrollment and a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.25.

Deadline:

New applications must be submitted by March 30.

Renewal applications must be submitted by March 1.

Apply:

New applicants: Phillip Zaroor Entrepreneurial Scholarship Application. 

Renewal applicants: Renew your  Phillip Zaroor Entrepreneurial Scholarship.

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