Scholarships and Opportunities: Seniors 2017-2018

April 26, 2018

It is an exciting year for the seniors of 2017-2018, and I am excited to work with each of you!

Following is a list of scholarships that have been approved for this year. If you would like to see what scholarships are coming up but have not been added yet, please see the scholarship list for the previous year. In addition, I am happy to proof scholarships, just don't wait until the last minute to ask.

Students should not have to pay to apply for scholarships. If the application asks you to, be very careful.

There are also a few scholarships sites that advertise scholarships for donors. They are for profit but these two seem reliable: FastWeb and scholarships.com.

If you have trouble accessing the scholarships, please let Mrs. Goeckel know.

NOTE: The date listed before the scholarship listing is the due date.

Varied Due Dates

The American Legion gives a variety of scholarships with varied due dates throughout the year. Go to http://www.ksamlegion.org/page/content/programs/scholarships for scholarship list and applications.

Opportunity: PEO offers college loans to students. If you are interested in a loan, please see me. I will help you get in touch with a PEO member.

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program (510 awards up to $2,500 each)

Receive up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/degree

  • Have completed high school or plan to complete high school by Spring 2017 with plans to enroll at a non-profit post-secondary institution by fall 2016
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be involved in community service activities
  • Be younger than 30 years old
  • Be a United States citizen
The application will be open with a rolling deadline until all awards have been given out

Applications will be reviewed monthly.



Taiwan Agricultural Youth Exchange Program Accepting Applications

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The 2017 Taiwan Agricultural Youth Exchange Program is currently accepting applications from high school seniors or college freshmen who are passionate about agriculture and are interested in representing Kansas in a week-long exchange program in late November 2017.

Each year the National Taichung Agricultural Senior High School in central Taiwan hosts students from the Midwest for this program. Selected students will tour agricultural facilities and businesses in Taiwan, and will learn about Taiwanese agriculture. This program will take place November 20-24, 2017.

“The Taiwan Agricultural Youth Exchange Program is a tremendous opportunity for students who are interested in agriculture,” said Suzanne Ryan-Numrich, international trade director for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. “Students are able to return from Taiwan with a broader understanding of international agriculture and the role that exports play in their local communities.”

Exports play an important role in Kansas agriculture. According to Euromonitor, Kansas exported nearly $101 million in agricultural goods to Taiwan in 2016, including beef, oil seeds, cereal grains and wheat flour. Globally, exports of agricultural products contributed almost $3.5 billion to the Kansas economy in 2016.

Three students will be selected to represent Kansas. To be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a high school senior or college freshman;
  • Be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the trip;
  • Have a strong Kansas agricultural background;
  • Have a valid U.S. passport by time of exchange program selection; and
  • Be able and willing to pay for airfare costs (approximately $1,400).

Applications must be submitted by October 17 for the student to be considered. Students interested in applying can find more information at agriculture.ks.gov/AgEd. The Taiwan Agricultural Youth Exchange Program is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the Kansas FFA Association and Kansas 4-H.

For more information, contact Robin Blume, KDA education and events coordinator, at Robin.Blume@ks.gov or 785-564-6756.

10/25-Horatio Alger National and State Scholarship Programs-The student must demonstrate financial need (under $55,000 adjusted gross income), be involved, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.). go to www.horationalger.org/scholarships. Scholarships range from $7,000 to $22,000.

106 $25,000 Scholarships Awarded
Funded through the generosity of the Members of the Association


As one of the nation’s largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives.

The National Scholarship Program is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference. Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award.

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen


11/01-The Masons are sponsoring an essay contest for seniors in public schools. Prizes are $500 to $4000. Go to www.kansasmasonic.foundation/program/kansas-masoni... for more information.

11/07- Youth volunteers may apply for the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Go http://spirit.prudential.com to apply. Applications must be submitted by November 7, 2016

11/08- Write Poetry? Students may participate in a poetry writing contest. Cash prizes $25-$150. Go to www.scholasticpublishing.org .

11/15-The Hagan Scholarship- These scholarships are for high achieving students from rural areas who are in need of financial assistance. The average value of a Hagan Scholarship is $24,000. Go to https://haganscholarships.org/ for more information. These are excellent scholarships. They are hard to get but worth the effort. We have had four students in the last ten years be awarded Hagan scholarships, and it has made a huge impact on their ability to pay for college and their lives.

11/15- Rural Voices Youth Contest-Write an essay or create a video reflecting "Rural Kansas...If I Were in Charge". A team option is also available in the video category. The contest involves seniors from 12 counties.Visit www.ncrpc.org/ruralvoices to learn more. The prize is $850.

11/30- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Program- These scholarships are geared toward high achieving students with financial need (will consider families with incomes up to $95,000 per year who seek to study at the nation's best colleges and universities. Students may receive up to $40,000 per year. they will also receive one-to-one advising. Go to www.jkcf.org/scholarships.


12/13- Students whose families use Bluestem Electric may see Mrs. Goeckel for a scholarship application packet.


1/19-If you are interested in a career in education or business, check out the scholarship link below.

AEOP Scholarship


2/1-The Kansas Kiwanis Foundation is awarding scholarships. Go to www.kskiwanis.org and then click on the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation on the right side.

2/1- Students interested in a future in Agriculture may apply for $1,500 scholarships. Go to GrowAgLeaders.com for official rules and apply at FFA.org/scholarships . The awards are sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

2/1- Females with proven DAR (ancestors that fought or gave aid in the Revolutionary War) eligibility may apply for the KSDAR Scholarship or the Elizabeth M. Hill Kessler Scholarship. See Mrs. Goeckel for an application.

2/1- Males with proven DAR (ancestors that fought or gave aid in the Revolutionary War) lineal descent may apply for the Judd-Smith-Brooks Scholarship. See Mrs. Goeckel for an application.

2/1- Kansas Weed Directors Association of Kansas Scholarships are due in the office by February 1st, 2018 or by email. Scholarships can be found online at www.cwdak.org; and may be emailed to our office at recycle@bluevalley.net or by mail. Becky Simon, office manager, Washington County Environmental Sciences, 812 B. Street, Washington, Kansas 66968.785-325-2271.

Becky Simon

Office Manager

Washington County Environmental Sciences

812 B Street

Washington, KS 66968


AEOP Scholarship


3/1- The Washington County Community Foundation and Greater Salina Community Foundation offer many scholarships for students. See message below.

Your local community foundation scholarships are available for your students to apply. This year we are introducing a new eligibility quiz as part of the application process. This new feature enables students to take a quick 5 minute quiz, and in return they will be provided with a list of scholarships in which they are eligible to apply. Some of these scholarships may be managed through your local community foundation and some may be managed by a different affiliated community foundation.

To get started, follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to your local community foundation’s website (see list at bottom)…. Ex: www.gscf.org
  2. Click on “Apply for a Scholarship” on the home page
  3. Click on “Apply for a Scholarship” on the right sidebar underneath “Scholarship Tools and Links”
  4. Create a new account and take the eligibility quiz. See this step by step tutorial for more information about the quiz.

All scholarships are due March 1st and must be submitted through our online system.

Local Community Foundation Links:

3/1- If you are an entrepreneur, check out the following scholarship: www.tortoiseadvisors.com/scholarship

3/1- CVA is offering 20 scholarships. Check them out. http://www.cvacoop.com/careers/scholarship/

3/11- The RUDD Foundation is offering scholarships to students who are Pell Grant eligible and are attending Fort Hays, Emporia State, or Wichita State. Go to www.ruddfoundation.org for details.

3/15- The Pony Express Assn. sponsors several scholarships for students in the local area. Click on the following link to find out more:Pony Express Scholarship. NOTE: All students should mail their applications directly to Lyle Ladner. They must be postmarked by March 15th. It is a good idea to pay the extra money to have a signature required upon receipt. That way you can make certain that the application got there.

3/16-The Washington Chamber of Commerce is offering a scholarship. Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Form.


4/1- The County Clerks and Elected Officials Organization are offering a scholarship: County Clerk and Elected Officials Scholarship.

4/1-The Washington County Saddle Club and Rodeo Inc. are offering a scholarship: Washington County Saddle Club and Rodeo Inc Scholarship

4/1- The Mansfield Foundation is offering a scholarship: Mansfield Scholarship Application

4/15- The Family of Dr. Roger A. Baskerville is offering a scholarship in his memory: Dr. Roger A. Baskerville Memorial Scholarship

4/15- The David Holbrook Family is offering a scholarship in his name: David Holbrook Memorial Scholarship

4/15- The J.L. and Evalyn Henderson Family is offering a scholarship in their memory:J.L. and Evalyn Henderson Family

4/15- The Family of Keenan Jellison-Knock is offering a scholarship in his memory in the amount of $791: Keenan Jellison-Knock Scholarship Application

4/27- The Washington County Fireman's Auxiliary is offering a scholarship. The scholarship must be received by Phyllis Applegarth, 406 W. 2nd, Washington, Kansas on or before Friday, April 27th. Fireman's Auxiliary Scholarship


5/1-The Washington County Booster Club is offering scholarships: Booster Club Scholarship Application

5/1- The International Club is offering a scholarship:International Club Scholarship

5/1- Herrs Machine Hydrostatics is offering a scholarship: Herrs Machine Hydrostatics Scholarship

5/1- The Lions Club is offering a scholarship: Lions Club Scholarship Application

5/1- The family of Superintendent Wayne Elliott will be awarding a scholarship in his memory: Superintendent Wayne R. Elliott Memorial Scholarship

5/1- The KLA and Cattlewomen are offering a scholarship: KLA and Cattlewomen Scholarship Application

5/1- The Morrowville Alumni Association is offering scholarships: Morrowville Alumni Scholarship

5/1- The Washington County PTO is offering scholarships: PTO Scholarship Application

5/1-United Bank and Trust is offering two $500 scholarships. One is for a male and one is for a female. United Bank and Trust Scholarship

5/1- The USD108 Endowment Assn. is offering six-$1,000 scholarships. However, the number of scholarships and dollar amounts may change according to quality of applications: USD 108 Endowment Scholarship.

5/1- Dr. James and B.J Smart are pleased to present the Music Service Award: Music Service Award Application

5/4- The Centennial Homestead is offering a scholarship: Centennial Homestead Scholarship

5/18- The Greenleaf Alumni is offering a scholarship: Greenleaf Alumni Scholarship


6/15- The Horatio Alger Foundation is offering a scholarship to student pursuing an education at a career or technical program. See more details at application.horatioalger.org .