University/College Scholarships

Application Process

Applications are due February 15 each year. Once the application process is closed, applications are sent to each selection committee. Reviewers independently “score” each application. The highest-ranking applicant is considered the recipient of the scholarship. If there is a tie between top candidates, the selection is based on the candidate matching the preference as identified in the fund agreement.

Scholarship agreements are sent to each recipient requesting school and student identification information for distribution. It must be received before scholarship checks are mailed to the school at the beginning of August.

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University/College Scholarships

Canton – Galva High School Scholarship

The Canton-Galva Scholarship is open to graduating seniors who have attended Canton-Galva High School who plan to further their education at the post-secondary level. Up to three (3) awards will be granted annually with a maximum award amount of $7500.

Jacey Sarah Cantrell Memorial Scholarship

Jacey Cantrell was born in McPherson, KS in 1994. She was raised in rural Canton and attended Canton-Galva Schools. Jacey always strived for perfect attendance and straight A’s. She had a handful of very close friends and enjoyed spending time with them. She had a great love for animals and a soft heart for the underdog. Jacey graduated as class valedictorian from Canton-Galva in 2013 and went on to attend Emporia State University as an education major. She graduated summa cum laude with honors. Jacey got her first teaching job at Eisenhower Elementary School in Junction City, KS and was just beginning to get comfortable in her role as a fourth-grade teacher there.

The Jacey Sarah Cantrell Memorial Scholarship is open to graduating seniors of Canton-Galva High School, and any student (home-schooled / online) who lives in the USD 419 district and who plan to further their education at the post-secondary level. One (1) $500 scholarship will be awarded.

Paul W. Davis Memorial Fund Scholarship

The Paul W. Davis Memorial Fund Scholarship is open to graduating seniors of McPherson High School who plan to further their education at the post-secondary level. One (1) $1000 scholarship will be awarded.

Elyria Christian School Nursing/Education Scholarship. The scholarship is open to graduating seniors of Elyria Christian School pursuing a degree in nursing or education. The scholarship will at $600 per year for three years.

 The First Christian Church Educational Scholarship is open to members, and friends of members, of the First Christian Church of McPherson or Galva planning to further their education beyond high school. The amount of the scholarship is determined by the number of applicants each year.

The First United Methodist Church Scholarship is open to graduating seniors who are members of the First United Methodist Church, 1200 E. Kansas, McPherson, KS. Three (3) $750 scholarships will be awarded.

Jay L. Frazier Scholarship. Fundamentals and teamwork were hallmarks of Jay Frazier teams and central to his character. He taught his players how to execute through drill and repetition at full speed, and then placed them in situations where they could succeed and develop. Coach Frazier stressed that each player played a role on the team and that each role was important. His players knew their roles and played within them.  In other words, he taught and promoted community.

Jay could not only teach/coach, but he could motivate. One need not be his student or player to benefit from his presence and leadership. He cared about all of the students and encouraged them to be active participants and develop their abilities and interests. Coach Frazier encouraged everyone to pursue whatever interests they had. Music, drama, community service, church…he wanted them to explore their possibilities.

Whether in the classroom, on the court, or in the community, Jay Frazier brought the best out of people because he believed in the best that was in people. He was a man of character, integrity, humor, and folksy charm that loved life and dedicated himself to helping others find their way and place in the same.

The scholarship is open to graduating seniors attending McPherson High School who plan to further their education at the post-secondary level with a preference in science. Two (2) $1,500 scholarships will be awarded. PLEASE NOTE: This scholarship is renewable for up to 3 more years (for a total of 4 years), at a rate of $500 each year, with a total scholarship award of $3,000. Renewing scholarship applicants must include their major in the follow-up form and submit a current transcript.

The Kiwanis Club of McPherson Scholarship is open to graduating seniors who plan to further their education at a post-secondary public institution. Students must be residents of McPherson County. Three (3) $500 scholarships will be awarded.

The Valerie Ann Gates Scholarship is open to graduating seniors of McPherson High School who plan to further their education at the post-secondary level. A preference is given to students who have participated in musical and theatrical arts. One (1) $1000 scholarship will be awarded.

The Hanson Family Educational Foundation Scholarship is open to graduating seniors who plan to further their education at the post-secondary public (tax supported) institution. Students must be residents of McPherson County. Students planning on attending Emporia State University will be given first consideration when all applicants have equal qualifications. One (1) $1,100 scholarship will be awarded.

Bob Hooper MHS Basketball Scholarship. Bob Hooper, graduate of McPherson High School, became an avid Bullpups Basketball fan after returning to the area in 1974. For about 35 years the local McPherson radio station allowed him to help with their broadcasts of the Bullpups games as historian and statistician counting rebounds and turnovers. This scholarship was established to commemorate Bob’s love of the game.

The scholarship is open to graduating seniors who have attended McPherson High School for four years. Preference will be given to applicants who have been members of the MHS Basketball team during at least part of their high school careers but are not required to continue playing basketball when they enter college. One (1) $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

The Kyle Jefferson McMannis Scholarship is open to graduating seniors of Canton-Galva High School, Elyria Christian School, Wichita Northwest High School, or St. John’s High School and who plan to further their education at the post-secondary level. Two (2) $500 scholarships will be awarded.

The Gary McNaul Memorial Scholarship is open to graduating seniors of McPherson High School who plan to further their education at the post-secondary level. Preference will be given to graduating seniors who have or are playing on McPherson High School’s golf team. One (1) $750 scholarship will be awarded.

The Raleigh Insurance Scholarship is open to graduating seniors of Inman High School who plan to pursue a degree in an agricultural or business-related field for their education at the post-secondary level. One (1) $500 scholarship will be awarded.

The Ruth Scholarship. The Ruth’s of this scholarship were all Central Kansans. They became teachers, aspiring journalists, artists, musicians, seamstresses, housewives, mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers. They stressed education, good work, and love of family as well as community involvement and faith. It is our hope that this scholarship will enable recipients to realize some of their goals as well.

The Ruth Scholarship Selection Criteria: Person identified as female who will graduate from McPherson High school; GPA of 2.5 or better; active through school-sponsored activities or employment; and a demonstrated need for financial assistance as described in the application narrative. One (1) $500 scholarship will be awarded.

The Edwin R. Stucky Debate Scholarship is open to graduating seniors who plan to further their education at a post-secondary public institution. Students must be residents of McPherson County and participated in the high school debate program for two of the four high school years. Preference will be given to students attending Moundridge High School. One (1) $1,250 scholarship will be awarded. This scholarship is renewable for one additional year for a total of $2500.