WKCF to award scholarships

GARDEN CITY – Western Kansas Community Foundation (WKCF) is awarding 18 scholarships from 11 different funds totaling $25,200 this year. The scholarships will be distributed from various scholarship funds administered by the Community Foundation.

In addition, the Foundation makes distributions from various other funds for the purpose of providing scholarships. This year, a total of $18,550.68 will go directly to the Garden City Community College Endowment Association for the purpose of providing scholarships. These distributions are made from the Mildred Henselman Fund ($11,344.68), the Henry & Nellie Hall Fund ($4,786), and the K.O. & Ruth Powell Fund ($2,420). WKCF scholarships are awarded once a year.

Stacie Hahn, Program and Marketing Director at Western Kansas Community Foundation, said that applicants with education and training beyond high school are set apart as potential employers go through multiple resumes in order to fill positions within their organizations. 

“Exceptional performance and hard work now, sets the stage for success in future careers, which in turn, allows individuals to be better supports for their families, their churches, businesses, and communities as a whole,” she said.

Hahn said the Foundation is honored to be able to support the students of today through the vehicle of scholarships.

 “In many cases these scholarships have been established in memoriam of someone close to the fund holder or donors. Because of the generosity and philanthropy of those donors, we will be able to provide a helping hand to area students for generations to come,” she said. “As we recognize the recipients of the scholarships, we also want to acknowledge and thank the generous donors who have made this aspect of the Foundation’s work possible.”

WKCF Scholarships for 2019 that have been awarded so far:

  1. Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center Scholarship, for senior graduates who were students of Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center, Garden City ($1,000/per): Emmeline Gomez, Taylor Sullivan.
  2. Chase Mitchel Webber Memorial Scholarship, for seniors graduating from Sublette High School ($1,000): Brekken Hoffman.
  3. D & L Hewes Scholarship, for seniors graduating from a High School in Gray County, KS ($1,000/per): Cameren Bartlett, Grace Greene, Odalys Escobedo.
  4. Duane Nichols Memorial Scholarship, for seniors graduating from Holcomb High School and Norwayne High school in Creston, OH ($400/per): Colby Reinhart (OH), Maccoy Stika (OH), Bailey Pauley.
  5. Horace Good Middle School Alumni Scholarship, for senior graduates who were students of Horace Good Middle School, Garden City ($500/per): Austin Underwood, Zin Phyo.
  6. Jan McLeland Memorial Scholarship, for seniors graduating from Satanta High School ($280): Kristopher Wagner.
  7. Katherine C. Jones Continuing Education Scholarship, for graduates of Holcomb High School who have completed at least one year of school at an accredited college, technical school, or university ($540): Christopher Nemechek.
  8. Katherine C. Jones Scholarship, for seniors graduating from Holcomb High School ($670): Peyton Blackburn.
  9. O’Brate Family Scholarship, for seniors graduating of Ingalls High School ($3,000/per):
    Ashlyn Cure, Alec Bayer, Edwin Flores, Odalys Escobedo.
  10. Ron Peek Memorial Scholarship, for Finney County, KS graduates who are children/stepchildren of employees of Finney County Police Departments, Finney County Sheriff’s Department, Finney County Fire Departments, Finney County EMS, or State Troopers who reside in Finney County ($1,500/per): Bailey Pauley,
    Lincoln Biera.
  11. Tonya Wright Memorial Scholarship, for graduates of Satanta High School in pursuit of an arts degree ($510): Adan Gutierrez.

Staff of WKCF always welcomes talking to those interested in starting a scholarship fund or contributing to an existing fund to assist with more educational opportunities. The next scholarship deadline is May 1, 2020. 

To learn more about the application process and guidelines visit the WKCF website at www.wkcf.org, call at 620-271-9484 or stop by at the office at 402 N. Main St. in downtown Garden City.