The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas Announces Spring 2019 Grant Recipients

Spring has been a busy time at the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK)! Three funds have awarded 22 grants totaling $51,386.

Get Busy Livin' Foundation Grants

First up, we have the Get Busy Livin' Foundation, which awards grants up to $500 to area organizations for projects and activities that support and promote Youth Volunteerism. This spring, the GBL Foundation gave a total of $4,361 to 10 organizations.

Women's Giving Circle and Circle of Friends Grants

Also providing grants this spring, the Women’s Giving Circle and the Circle of Friends granted funds to 9 southeast Kansas organizations totaling $34,820. Part of the Rita J. Bicknell Women’s Health Fund, the mission of these giving circles is "to improve the health and well-being of women by supporting education, increasing awareness and sharing quality of life opportunities to benefit all women."

Elm Acres Foundation Grants

Finally, the Elm Acres Foundation, Inc., provided grants to three local organizations in the total amount of $12,205. The purpose of the Elm Acres Foundation is to provide support for at-risk youth in the southeast-Kansas community (Crawford, Cherokee and Labette counties), including supporting any entities that provide services for at-risk youth. 

Congratulations, Grant Recipients!

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas along with The Get Busy Livin’ Foundation, Women’s Giving Circle, Circle of Friends, and the Elm Acres Foundation would like to congratulate the 2019 grant recipients. For a complete list of organizations that received grants this spring from these funds, please visit the For Grantseekers section of our website.

About the Community Foundation

Established as the Pittsburg Area Community Foundation in 2001, the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is a public non-profit Foundation.  The Foundation serves the region by helping individuals, businesses and municipalities fulfill their charitable-giving goals in ways that benefit the common good and improve the quality of life. The Foundation inspires a passion for generosity in each community that we serve. If you would like to know more about the CFSEK, we invite you to explore our website in more detail or call (620) 231-8897.

Over $57,000 Awarded in Scholarships for 2019/2020

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is Pleased to Announce 2019 Scholarship Recipients 


The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas had the privilege to assist in granting scholarships totaling over $57,000 to 46 students for the 2019-2020 school year. The scholarships administered by the Community Foundation are funded by donors who believe in the youth of our area and support their pursuit of higher education. A scholarship fund established with the Community Foundation is another way a family can leave a legacy and impact the future of our community. 


If you would like to know more about establishing a scholarship fund, contact the Foundation office for more details at 620-231-8897 or email  The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas would like to thank the donors and congratulate the following scholarship recipients:


M. Lee and Noretta Caldwell Scholarship


Nicole Aikins – Erie High School

Madison Batchelor – Fort Scott High School

Ashley Dillinger – Neosho Community College                   

Jenna Kendrick – Parsons High School                                    

Traci Lee – Labette Community College                 

Kylee Marler – Neodesha High School                    

Aidan O’Hara – Frontenac High School

Gabbi Sands – Girard High School

Alexandria Thomas – St. Paul High School

Zachary Yarnell – Erie High School           


Commerce Bank Scholarship                 


Hazel Harper – Pittsburg High School                                                      

Katelyn Radell – St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic Schools   


Craig Crespino Scholarship                      


Garrett Bolinger – St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic Schools                                      

Mya McCleod – Girard High School          


Pat Forbes Scholarship 


Aubri Piccini – St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic Schools


Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Scholarship


Amanda Becker – Southeast High School

Tejay Cleland – Northeast High School *

Kreed Curran – Girard High School

Caroline McKnight – Frontenac High School *

Madison Nagel – Pittsburg High School

Morgan Noe – Pittsburg High School *

Katelyn Radell – St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic Schools *

Rachel Ruiz – Pittsburg High School

Cecilia Stockard – St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic Schools

*Chosen to receive Get Busy Livin’ Volunteer Abroad Grant


Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Dragon Award


Joel Kafka – Pittsburg High School


Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ KPREPS Player of the Year Award


Jace Friesen – Basehor Linwood High School


Stacy Goedeke Scholarship


Kirsty Gordon – Kansas State University


Haberbosch Family Scholarship


Kari Shadden – Marmaton Valley High School

Karlie Stephens – Marmaton Valley High School


Bill House Hereford Scholarship


Josh Butler – Arkansas City High School

Ian Messenger – Arkansas City High School

Brianne Nelson – Oklahoma State University

Tatum Norwood – Arkansas City High School

Thomas Parsons – Kansas State University

Kayla Signer – Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Braden Snyder – Cedar Vale High School

John Wells – Sedan High School


Tyler Jeck Scholarship


Annie Snow – St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic Schools


William Lehman History Scholarship


Madylynn Ard – Uniontown High School


Minnis Oral Health Scholarship


Ruth Wilinson – Pittsburg State University


Joe & Margarita Sauer Scholarship


Abi Doherty – Girard High School

Gabbi Sands – Girard High School


Short Family Fine Arts Scholarship


Kamryn Kelly – Pittsburg High School


William Sollner Family Scholarsip


Heather Chase – Northeast High School

Alyssa Rosette – Northeast High School

Bailey Williams – Northeast High School


Vinylplex, Inc. Scholarship


Delaney Cedeno – St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic Schools

Brett Freeman – Pittsburg High School

Hayley Moyer – Girard High School

Cade Simmons – St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic Schools

Leah Wescott – Pittsburg High School

GBL Foundation Keeps on Giving

In addition to local grants, the GBL Foundation also supports area high school students by awarding scholarships. This 9th year of the GBL Foundation, 9 scholarships were awarded to the following students:

Amanda Becker, SEHS – Pittsburg State University
Tejay Cleland, NEHS– Newman University
Kreed Curran, GHS – Kansas State University
Caroline McKnight, FHS– Abilene Christian University
Madison Nagel, PHS- Missouri Southern State University/Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
Morgan Noe, PHS– Pittsburg State University
Katelyn Radell, SMC – Pittsburg State University
Rachel Ruiz, PHS – University of Minnesota – Rochester
Cecilia Stockard, SMC – Pittsburg State University


Two additional awards, the PHS Dragon Football and the Dylan Meier GBL Player of the Year are recognized annually by the GBL Foundation:

Joe Kafka, PHS - University of Kansas
Jace Friesen, Basehor-Linwood - Kansas State University

Youth Volunteerism Supported by GBL

"Relish  each  moment  of  life.  Get  Busy  Livin."

The Dylan Meier  Get  Busy  Livin'  Foundation  (GBL)  was  established  in  2011  to  provide support  for  individuals  and  groups  that  embody  the  values  that  Dylan  pursued: adventure,  fitness,  curiosity,  generosity  and  a  daily  zest  for  life  experiences .The  GBL Foundation  is  determined  to  break  down  the  boundaries  that  keep  people  from  living life  to  the  fullest,  whether  those  boundaries  be  social,  economical  or  imaginary.


In keeping with their mission, the GBL Foundation announces the


2019 GBL Youth Volunteerism grant recipients:


Boy Scouts/Labette County Fair- Trash pick up by the Boy Scouts for the 5 nights of the Labette County Fair.


Pitt Chapel Church of God- ‘Easter Changed Everything’ door to door Easter basket delivery by the Pitt Chapel youth group.


Erie High School Leadership- Coordinates and sponsors a southeast Kansas region Special Olympics track and field event.


Fostering Connections- Kids Night Out will provide a fun experience at The Cheer Pitt and Frontenac Swimming Pool for foster and adoptive children.


Northeast Arma 8th Grade- will create a book box for the City of Arma.


Northeast Arma 4th Grade- will have a penny war to collect money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Special Olympics- Southeast Kansas Track and Field Day to support peer mentors.


SEK Humane Society- will create a Jr. Humane Society resulting in enrichment activities for the SEK Humane Society animals and education for the youth volunteers.


Wildcat Extension Foundation – will make and donate cage comforters for the SEK Humane Society through the Kids Care Sewing Camp.


Wildcat Extension Foundation – will offer a Leadership Day to youth across the SEK Wildcat District to learn leadership, citizenship and volunteerism.

Happy Birthday to Us!

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Happy 18th Birthday CFSEK!

Our community is fortunate to have had people who cared enough to create a local public charity in 2001, with a mission to “build a better quality of life for all in our community!" 


The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is honored to be a part of this community and the surrounding southeast-Kansas area encouraging philanthropy, helping charitable organizations with grants to fulfil their mission, assisting students pursuing their higher education through scholarships and supporting many other opportunities to shape lives and promote societal benefits.


In 2018, over $1.8 million was distributed in grants to charities benefitting health and human services, children and youth activities, education, and art and cultural preservation.  Since its inception in 2001, the Foundation has awarded over $12.9 million in grants through its funds. 


So much good has been achieved thanks to our many generous donors whose philanthropy has created a lasting positive impact in southeast-Kansas communities!


Without the generosity of individuals and organizations who have opened funds and contributed to the Community Foundation, there would be no Foundation today. Your good work allows us to enhance the quality of life for us all.


As we celebrate our 18th year and continue our journey, we look forward to working with our philanthropic partners to help our community grow and prosper for many years to come!


                 If we work together there is so much good we can do!