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 post-secondary education. You can read more about our scholarship funds, including recent recipients, below.
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.
Current scholarship funds
M.L. (Lee) & Noretta Caldwell Education Fund Scholarships
The M.L. (Lee) & Noretta Caldwell Education Fund offers three distinct scholarship programs, one each for students of Fort Scott Community College, Labette Community College, and Neosho County Community College who are pursuing a degree program studying business, science, technology, or teaching.
Commerce Bank Scholarship
The Commerce Bank-Pittsburg Scholarship is awarded to one graduating senior each from St. Mary’s Colgan High School and Pittsburg High School. The student must be pursuing further education by enrolling full time at a 4-year college or university.
Craig Crespino Memorial Scholarship
The Craig Crespino Scholarship was established in 2006 in memory of Craig Crespino, a successful educator and high school coach. The many donors who have given to the fund hoped to help keep Coach Crespino’s spirit alive by recognizing students who demonstrate the potential to follow in his footsteps.
Nancy Evans Community Health Nursing Scholarship
To honor Nancy Evans, RN, BSN, for her 17 years of service to the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas and a lifetime dedicated to nursing, CHC/SEK has established the Nancy Evans Community Health Nursing Scholarship at the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas. The purpose of the Nancy Evans Scholarship is to provide support to a student entering his or her final year of study in the field of nursing at an accredited nursing program in the region.
Pat Forbes Scholarship
The Pat Forbes Scholarship was established in 2005 by students, colleagues, and friends of Pat Forbes when he retired as principal and former teacher at St. Mary’s Colgan High School (SMC). The scholarship is open to graduating seniors of SMC.
Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Scholarship
The Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Foundation was established in 2011 to provide support for individuals or groups that embody the values that Dylan pursued: adventure, fitness, curiosity, generosity and a daily zest for life.
Scholarships are available for seniors graduating from Pittsburg, St. Mary’s Colgan, Frontenac, Girard, Northeast, or Southeast high schools that have shown through their actions excellence in academics, school and community involvement, athletics, or the arts, and a general desire to create self character and leadership.
In addition to receiving a GBL Scholarship, some recipients will be selected to be the GBL Volunteer Abroad representatives to travel internationally during the summer following graduation. The individuals will participate in the Cross Cultural Solutions High School Volunteer Abroad Program.
Stacy Goedeke Memorial Scholarship
Stacy Goedeke was raised on a small farm in Southeast Kansas and participated in multiple 4-H activities. She attended K State and in 2008 graduated with a degree in Milling Science. Stacy always wanted to be the best she could no matter what challenge was in her path. She worked tirelessly toward that goal until her tragic death in 2017 at the age of 31.
The Stacy Goedeke Memorial Scholarship was established in Stacy’s memory and embodies her belief that students should not be judged just on traditional classroom-performance standards. It is open to graduates of Kansas high schools currently enrolled at Kansas State University with a declared major of Milling Science.
Haberbosch Family Scholarship
Audrey Haberbosch Ellmer, a 1948 graduate of Marmaton Valley High School (MVHS) in Moran, Kansas, established the Haberbosch Family Scholarship to carry on the family name. The Haberbosch Family Scholarship is awarded to two MVHS graduating seniors to be used for tuition to a university or community college.
Bill House Hereford Foundation Scholarship
Mr. Swain William (Bill) House had a passion for agriculture and the cattle industry and wanted young people to have an opportunity to earn a career in agriculture. His legacy will continue through the Bill House Hereford Foundation Scholarship Fund, established to support students pursing an agricultural-related degree.
Gabriel John Ison Memorial Scholarship
As alumni of St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic Schools (SMC) and Pittsburg High School (PHS), Gabriel’s family has established a scholarship in his memory to support graduating St. Mary’s Colgan and Pittsburg High School seniors pursuing higher education with a specific interest in studying Business or Education.
The Gabriel John Ison Memorial Scholarship will award one $1,000 scholarship to a SMC graduating senior and one $1,000 scholarship to a PHS graduating senior.
Tyler R. Jeck Scholarship
The Tyler R. Jeck Scholarship was established in memory of Tyler Jeck, a much-loved 2010 graduate of St. Mary’s Colgan High School (SMC). The scholarship recognizes SMC graduates who have maintained a 3.0 GPA, been involved in at least one school co-curricular activity each semester for two years, and reflect Tyler’s values of friendship, acceptance of others, faithfulness, academic drive, and responsibility toward one’s siblings, family, friends, school, church, and community.
William F. Lehman American History Scholarship
The William F. Lehman American History Scholarship is available for graduates of Bourbon County, Kansas, high schools. Recipients must be attending or planning to attend an accredited institution of higher learning as a full-time student majoring in history with an emphasis in American history.
Daniel & Jeannette Minnis Oral Health Scholarship
The Dr. Daniel and Mrs. Jeannette Minnis Oral Health Scholarship was established in 2008 in honor of the Minnis’ commitment to improving the health and well-being of Southeast Kansas residents.
Joe & Margarita Sauer Scholarship
The Joe & Margarita Sauer Scholarship provides scholarships for graduating seniors of Girard High School who have shown excellence in academics, school and community involvement, athletics, or the fine arts.
Short Fine Arts Scholarship
The Short Fine Arts Scholarship was established in 2007 in memory of Nicholas and John Patrick Short. It is designed to encourage young people in their pursuit of artistic excellence at the college level. The scholarship is open to graduating seniors from Pittsburg High School who plan to major or minor in the arts, art education, or an art-technology field.
William J. Sollner Family Scholarship
William “Bill” J. Sollner was a 1943 graduate of Crawford County High School. Following training as a naval aviator and time in the naval ready reserve, Bill’s life was filled as a teacher, journalist, playwright, puppeteer, and self-described “gadfly.” Bill returned to Arma in 1991, where he lived until his death in 2017.
The William J. Sollner Family Scholarship helps Northeast High School students who have talent and initiative, but who may not have financial resources, to pursue a degree.
Vinylplex/Sanderson Pipe Scholarship
Bill Coleman was a proponent of education and his community. As the former president of Vinylplex, Inc., he established the Vinylplex/Sanderson Pipe Scholarship Fund to encourage and support the children of Vinylplex/Sanderson Pipe employees and Pittsburg-area students in their pursuit of a post-secondary education. This scholarship is open to students who live in or around Pittsburg, Kansas.
Larry & Regina Weaver Scholarship
Larry and Regina, PSU alumni, dedicated their careers to education. Regina retired after a 30-year career as an educator with USD 250, and Larry was a 20-year PSU employee as an application developer. This scholarship seeks graduating seniors from Pittsburg High School or St. Mary’s Colgan Catholic Schools who have shown excellence in academics, school and community involvement, and service to others. Preference is given to those who have demonstrated caring and compassion toward others.
Past scholarship recipients
- 2021 – 2022: More Spring 2021 CFSEK Grant & Scholarship Recipients Announced
- 2020 – 2021: CFSEK Summer 2020 Newsletter
- 2019 – 2020: Over $57,000 Awarded in Scholarships for 2019/2020
- 2018 – 2019: Scholarships Provide Opportunity to Earn an Education
- 2017 – 2018: The Community Foundation Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients
- 2016 – 2017: Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas Summer 2016 Newsletter
- 2015 – 2016: The Community Foundation Announces 2015 Scholarship Recipients
- 2014 – 2015: The Community Foundation scholarships are enabling 15 students a start of their college careers