For Scholarships

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is home to more than a dozen different scholarship funds established by local residents, businesses, and organizations to help area students pursue a postsecondary education. A scholarship fund established with the Community Foundation is another way that families, friends, students, teachers, or colleagues can leave a legacy or establish a memorial and impact the future of our community.

The deadline for scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 school year was March 31, 2021. To learn more about our current scholarship funds, refer to our scholarships blog post.

Contact us for more information about our current scholarship funds or to discuss establishing a new one.

Past Recipients

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas had the privilege to assist in the granting of scholarship funds to 62 students valuing over $73,000 for the 2020-2021 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.  

M. Lee and Noretta Caldwell Scholarship                            

  • Darbi Forbes - Labette County High School
  • Alison Gardner - Southeast High School
  • Emma Humble - Fort Scott High School
  • Sydney Kielman - Girard High School
  • Macy Lindberg - Erie High School
  • Mariah Reeves - Parsons High School
  • Darci Summervill - Erie High School
  • Kasie Vincent - Erie High School
  • Trevor Yarnell - Erie High School

Commerce Bank Scholarship                                                     

  • Grace Kafka - Pittsburg High School
  • Thomas Spachek - St. Mary's Colgan High School

Craig Crespino Scholarship                                                         

  • MacKenzie Coester - Girard High School
  • Aubri Hoffman - St. Mary's Colgan High School

Pat Forbes Scholarship 

  • Andrew Lomshek - St. Mary's Colgan High School

Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Scholarship

  • Karma Fields – Frontenac High School        
  • Alison Gardner – Southeast High School        
  • Johnathan Goetting – St. Mary’s Colgan High School
  • Rylee Johnson – Pittsburg High School        
  • Shay Mahnken – Pittsburg High School        
  • Colby McManis – Girard High School        
  • Jayden Meyer – Frontenac High School        
  • Taylor Michael – Girard High School        
  • Colin O’Brien – St. Mary’s Colgan High School        
  • Laken Robinson – Pittsburg High School        
  • Marissa Vail – Pittsburg High School        
  • Taylor Wixson – St. Mary’s Colgan High School

Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Dragon Award

  • Shay Mahnken – Pittsburg High School

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

  • Tyler Green - Mill Valley High School

Stacy Goedeke Scholarship

  • Slater Blick - Kansas State University

Haberbosch Family Scholarship

  • Ty Scharff - Marmaton Valley High School

Bill House Hereford Scholarship

  • Tyler Black – West Elk High School
  • Braxton Butler – Madison High School
  • Joshua Butler – Cowley College
  • Wesley Jahay – Girard High School
  • Colby McManis – Girard High School
  • Lindsay Noland – Arkansas City High School
  • James Osburn – Sedan High School
  • James Rock – Cedar Vale High School
  • Kayla Signer – Oklahoma Panhandle State University
  • Madelyn Signer – Sedan High School
  • Jon Wells – Kansas State University

Gabriel John Ison Memorial Scholarship

  • Jordan Akins – Pittsburg High School        
  • Anderson Meek – St. Mary’s Colgan High School
  • Scout Peery – Pittsburg High School        
  • Marissa Vail – Pittsburg High School
  • Derek VanBecelaere – St. Mary’s Colgan High School
  • Abigail Voss – St. Mary’s Colgan High School

Tyler Jeck Scholarship

  • Andrew Lomshek - St. Mary's Colgan High School
  • Derek VanBecelaere - St. Mary's Colgan High School

Minnis Oral Health Scholarship

  • Kyler Siebert - Pittsburg State University

Joe & Margarita Sauer Scholarship

  • Molly Adams - Girard High School
  • Isabella Crumpacker - Girard High School

Short Family Fine Arts Scholarship

  • Gabe Anderson - Pittsburg High School
  • Marissa Vail - Pittsburg High School

William Sollner Family Scholarsip

  • Haley Claffey - Northeast High School

Vinylplex, Inc. Scholarship

  • Sapphire Blakemore - Pittsburg High School
  • Bria Ginavan - Frontenac High School
  • Rylee Johnson - Pittsburg High School
  • Shay Mahnken - Pittsburg High School
  • Thomas Spachek - St. Mary's Colgan High School

Larry & Regina Weaver Scholarship

  • Garrett Evans - St. Mary's Colgan High School
  • Grace Kafka - Pittsburg High School

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