Grants & Scholarships

Renewable Scholarships

If you received any of the scholarships listed below, you may qualify for a scholarship renewal. Check back in November 2018 to access the scholarship renewal application!

Renewal applicants will be considered for scholarship renewal if all eligibility criteria for the scholarship continue to be met. Please note that renewals are not guaranteed. Final transcripts may be required prior to renewal authorization. 

Association for Industrial Development Scholarship

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 from 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.


Daniel L. Bodas Technical Scholarship

Mrs. Jan Bodas established this scholarship in loving memory of her husband, Daniel L. Bodas, to benefit students graduating from Eveleth-Gilbert Senior High School in Eveleth, Minnesota, who are pursuing technical trade certifications or associates of applied sciences degrees. Preference will be given to applicants pursuing automotive or aviation mechanics.

Dan graduated from Gilbert High School in 1963 and joined the United States Air Force the next day. He served as a jet engine mechanic and engine test cell specialist in England and Libya. After his term of service in the Air Force, Dan lived an adventuresome life working in aviation mechanics all over the world including Turkey, Ethiopia, Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, the Antilles, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Spain, Portugal, Majorca, and the Azores. After his career, he retired to his farm in the Ozarks to hunt and fish.

Dan was a beloved husband, a modest and generous man, and he lived each day by his personal motto, “Just keep going.” Mrs. Bodas hopes that this scholarship in Dan’s memory will lead to opportunity and adventure for future generations of mechanics in all fields. 

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Eveleth-Gilbert High School in Eveleth, Minnesota;
  • Must have demonstrated financial need;
  • Must be pursuing a technical certification or associates of applied sciences degree at an accredited institution;
  • Preference will be given to students pursuing certification or degrees in automotive or aviation mechanics.

Amount:

Up to $3,000 per academic year.

Renewable: 

Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for one additional years of funding. A third year of funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment and a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.0.

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 of Independence 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.

Centerpoint Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship

The Centerpoint Medical Center Auxiliary established this scholarship to support students in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area pursuing careers in healthcare.

Eligibility:

  • Must be pursuing a two or four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area;
  • Preference given to residents of Eastern Jackson County or students who are graduates of Eastern Jackson County high schools;
  • Must be accepted into a healthcare-specific degree program;
  • Must be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours;
  • Must have earned a minimum of 36 credit hours at time of application;
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in extra-curricular, community service, or work-related activities;
  • Financial need may be considered.

Amount:

Minimum of $2,000 per academic year.

Renewable: 

Yes, this scholarship can be renewed up to two 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.

Opal Barker Day and Phyllis Day Combest Scholarship

The Opal Barker Day and Phyllis Day Combest scholarship was established to support residents of Eastern Jackson County pursuing undergraduate degrees in elementary education at the University of Central Missouri.

Eligibility:

  • Must have been a resident of Eastern Jackson County for the past 12 months or a high school graduate of any public or private high school in the Blue Springs, Fort Osage, Grain Valley, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Lone Jack, Oak Grove, Raytown, Odessa or Lafayette County school districts;
  • Must be currently enrolled as a full time student in a minimum of 12 credit hours of classes at UCM;
  • Must have successfully completed a minimum of 24 credit hours at the time of application;
  • Must be an education major with preference shown to those pursuing elementary education.

Amount:

Up to $1,000 per academic year.

Renewable: 

Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for one additional year of funding. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment at UCM and a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.2.

Council of Clubs of Greater Kansas City Scholarship

The purpose of the Council of Clubs is to encourage and promote educational development through financial assistance to young people. In keeping with this mission, the Council of Clubs of Greater Kansas City is proud to sponsor this scholarship to assist students in the metropolitan Kansas City area in obtaining formal education. This scholarship funds all fields of study at all levels including undergraduate, graduate, technical, professional and trade education.

Eligibility:

  • Must be pursuing a certification or degree at an accredited trade school, junior college, college or university that is located within a 50-mile radius of Tenth and Main Streets in Kansas City, Missouri;
  • Must have maintained a B average (3.0 GPA) for the previous semester;
  • Must have demonstrated leadership potential as evidenced by leadership positions held in extra-curricular groups, committees, community service groups, etc.

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 and a minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.0.

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: 

May be renewed for three additional years of funding if applicant continues to meet the above eligibility criteria. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment and a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.5.

Kay and Morris Dunning Nursing Scholarship

The Dunning family of Independence, Missouri, established this scholarship to commemorate Kay Dunning for her many years of service in healthcare. The scholarship is intended to benefit students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in nursing at area colleges and universities.

Eligibility:

  • Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at University of Central Missouri, Graceland University, Park University, MCC-Penn Valley, Rockhurst University or Research College of Nursing;
  • Must have successfully completed at least 36 hours of courses;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in extracurricular, community service, and/or work activities;
  • Must have excellent communication skills;
  • Must be a resident of metropolitan Kansas City;
  • Financial need may be considered.

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.

Harry and Connie Katowitz Memorial Scholarship

 

Harry and Connie Katowitz were lifelong residents of Jackson County, MO, and were very active in their community. In addition to founding and owning Katco Rubber and Supply Company in Independence, Harry was a member of the Sugar Creek Optimist Club and the Eagles Club, and Connie was a member of the American Business Women's Association, the Ladies' Oriental Shrine, and the Bingham-Waggoner Estate. Harry and Connie were also members of the Truman Library for many years. The Katowitzes cared deeply for children, sponsoring youth baseball and basketball teams and supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs for many years. The Katowitz family established this scholarship to honor Harry and Connie's legacy of supporting young people in the community.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from William Chrisman High School in Independence, MO;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • Must have demonstrated financial need;
  • Must be pursuing a degree in business or economics at an accredited public college or university; 
  • Must have demonstrated participation in community service, school activities, and out-of-school activities (such as Scouting, club sports, or music).

Amount:

Up to $1,000 per academic year.

Renewable:

May be renewed for three additional years of funding if applicant continues to meet the above eligibility criteria. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment and a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0.

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. 

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.

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. 

Forrest and Marjorie Martin Graduate Scholarship

The Forrest and Marjorie Martin Scholarships were established as a bequest from the Marjorie N. Martin Trust and Forrest Martin Marital Trust in 2007. The Graduate Scholarship provides assistance to Eastern Jackson County residents who are full-time graduate students enrolled in at least nine credit hours at any accredited college or university.

Eligibility:

  • Must have been a resident of Eastern Jackson County for the past 12 months or a high school graduate of any public or private high school in the Blue Springs, Fort Osage, Grain Valley, Grandview, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Lone Jack, Oak Grove or Raytown school districts;
  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time graduate student with a minimum of nine credit hours at an accredited four-year college or university;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0.

Amount:

Up to $4,000 per academic year ($2,000 per semester).

Renewable: 

Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for one additional year (two semesters) of funding. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing graduate school enrollment and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Forrest and Marjorie Martin Undergraduate Scholarship

The Forrest and Marjorie Martin Scholarships were established as a bequest from the Marjorie N. Martin Trust and Forrest Martin Marital Trust in 2007. The Undergraduate Scholarship provides assistance to Eastern Jackson County residents who are full-time students with at least 36 earned credit hours.

Eligibility:

  • Must have been a resident of Eastern Jackson County for the past 12 months or a high school graduate of any public or private high school in the Blue Springs, Fort Osage, Grain Valley, Grandview, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Lone Jack, Oak Grove or Raytown school districts;
  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time student with a minimum 12 credit hours at an accredited four-year college or university;
  • Must have successfully completed a minimum of 36 credit hours at the time of application;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Amount:

Up to $4,000 per academic year ($2,000 per semester).

Renewable: 

Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for one additional year (two semesters) of funding. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment and a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.5.

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.

Medical Alliance of the Metropolitan Medical Society of Greater Kansas City Scholarship

The Medical Alliance of the Metropolitan Medical Society of Greater Kansas City established this scholarship to benefit students pursuing undergraduate degrees in nursing or other allied health careers such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical assisting, anesthesiology, etc.

Eligibility:

  • Must be at least a sophomore pursuing an undergraduate degree in nursing or an allied healthcare field at an accredited college or university;
  • Must have completed all prerequisite courses and have been admitted into a specific nursing or allied healthcare-related degree program;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in extracurricular activities, community service, and/or work;
  • Must have excellent communication skills;
  • Must be a resident of metropolitan Kansas City;
  • Financial need may be considered.

Amount:

Up $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.

Stella and William Moran Memorial Scholarship

The family of Stella and William Moran established this scholarship as a permanent legacy to their parents. Education was always important to Stella, and she greatly admired those who dedicated their lives to teaching. This scholarship supports undergraduate education majors at Baker University or Central Methodist University.

Eligibility:

  • Must be pursing an undergraduate degree in primary or secondary education at Baker University or Central Methodist University;
  • Must have a minimum of 60 credit hours at time of application.

Amount:

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

Renewable: 

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

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.

Oak Grove School District Education Foundation - Charles & Alma Pallette Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established to support students with good attendance records, strong moral character, financial need, and demonstrated involvement in school and community activities.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Oak Grove High School;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited junior college, college or university;
  • Must have good attendance record;
  • Must have strong moral character and ability to get along with peers;
  • Must have demonstrated financial need;
  • Must have demonstrated involvement in school and community activities. 

Amount:

Up to $1,000 per academic year

Renewable: 

Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for an additional three years of funding. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continual college enrollment and minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0.

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 in the Lee’s Summit Public School District, St. Michael the Archangel High School in Lee's Summit, or a home school graduate residing in Lee's Summit or the Lee's Summit School District boundaries; 
  • 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.

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.

Harold H., Norma J., and James Allan(Jimmy) Schmidt Scholarship

The Harold H., Norma J., and James Allan (Jimmy) Scholarship was established through a bequest from the Schmidt family. This scholarship is to benefit graduating high school seniors from Ray County, Missouri, who are pursuing undergraduate degrees at Baptist-affiliated colleges or universities.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from a Ray County, Missouri high school; Hardin-Central, Lawson, Orrick, or Richmond.
  • Must have demonstrated financial need;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • Must be an active member of a Baptist Church;

Amount:

Up to $5,000 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.

Seger Family Nursing Scholarship

The Seger Family of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, established this scholarship to benefit students pursuing baccalaureate degrees in nursing at Graceland University.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a resident of the metropolitan Kansas City area;
  • Must be pursuing a baccalaureate degree in nursing at Graceland University;
  • Must have completed the sophomore level courses;
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • Must have demonstrated participation in extracurricular, community service, and/or work activities;
  • Must have excellent communication skills;
  • Financial need may be considered.

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.

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.

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.

Timothy Lutheran Church William P. Gerike Scholarship

Timothy Lutheran Church established this scholarship to serve as a living memorial to William P. Gerike, whom the Lord called as Pastor to serve Timothy Lutheran Church from its beginning in 1962 until his death in 1981. This scholarship is intended to support students preparing for full-time Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) church work.

Eligibility:

  • Must be preparing for full-time LCMS church work on a college level as a pastor, teacher, director of Christian education, or school administrator;
  • Must have a 2.5 GPA or equivalent;
  • Applicant is not required to be a member of Timothy Lutheran Church; however, priority will be given to Timothy Lutheran Church members, then to members of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Oak Grove, then, to members of sister LCMS congregations, and then to members of other Lutheran congregations;
  • Priority will be given to those pursuing degrees as Lutheran colleges or universities; however, others may be considered.

Amount:

Up to $1,000.

Renewable: 

Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for additional years of funding if the applicant continues to meet the above eligibility criteria. An application must be submitted annually.

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.

Walters-Magee Scholarship

The National Christian Foundation Heartland established this scholarship with a bequest from the Walters-Magee family to benefit Christian students from the Kansas City metro area who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in psychology or education.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from a Kansas City metro-area high school;
  • Must be an active member of a Christian church;
  • Must have demonstrated financial need;
  • Must have community service experience;
  • Must have a solid "C" (2.0) or higher cumulative high school GPA;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in education or psychology at any accredited junior college, college or university.

Amount:

Up to $5,000 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 cumulative college GPA of 2.0.

Watkins Family Harbinger Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Michael and Mary Jo (Jody) Watkins to benefit first-generation college students graduating from Raytown School District high schools. Mike and Jody were both educators in the Raytown School District during their careers. Mike was Superintendent from 1996 - 2001, and Jody taught at Robinson Elementary School for 18 years.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Raytown or Raytown South High School;
  • Must be a first-generation college student;
  • Must have demonstrated financial need;
  • Must have demonstrated perseverance;
  • Must qualify for Advanced Diploma Path 1 or 2;
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited junior college, college, or university.

Amount:

Up to $1,200 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.

Phillip Zaroor Entreprenureal 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.

The scholarships listed below do not use the general renewal scholarship application. To apply for renewal of these scholarships, you must apply for them individually. Information about how to apply for renewal of these scholarships is included in the drop-down menus. 

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/.


Wendell J. and Myrna J. Olson Student Assistance Scholarship

This scholarship was made possible by way of a gift from Wendell and Myrna Olson of 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.

Timothy Lutheran Church Theodore V. Schubkegel Scholarship

Timothy Lutheran Church established this scholarship to serve as a living memorial to Theodore V. Schubkegel, whom the Lord called as Pastor to serve Timothy Lutheran Church from 1998 until his death in 2014. This scholarship is intended to support students attending Timothy Lutheran School.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a member of Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs, MO;
  • Must be enrolled in Timothy Lutheran School for the upcoming school year;
  • Must be in at least 2nd grate;
  • Must have satisfactory/passing grades in 1st grade or 2.5 or equivalent GPA for those applying for 3rd through 8th grade.

Amount:

A minimum of $500.

Renewable:

Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for additional years of funding if the applicant continues to meet the above eligibility criteria. An application must be submitted annually.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by July 1.

Apply:

Timothy Lutheran Church Theodore V. Schubkegel Scholarship Application.  

Timothy Lutheran Church Betty Wilson Scholarship

Timothy Lutheran Church established this scholarship to serve as a living memorial to Betty Wilson, a member of the church from 1962 until her death in 1991. This scholarship is intended to support students attending Lutheran High School in Kansas City or St. Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia, MO. 

Eligibility:

  • Must be a member of Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs, MO;
  • Must attend or be enrolled in Lutheran High School in Kansas City or St. Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia, MO;
  • Must have a 2.5 or equivalent GPA.

Amount:

A minimum of $500.

Renewable:

Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for additional years of funding if the applicant continues to meet the above eligibility criteria. An application must be submitted annually.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted by July 1.

Apply:

Timothy Lutheran Church Betty Wilson Scholarship Application.

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