Scholarships for Graduating Seniors

Graduating Senior Scholarships – Providing financial assistance to college-bound high school seniors remains a priority for the Raytown Educational Foundation.  The foundation is fortunate to administer over twenty scholarships ranging in amounts from $300 to $5000.  Graduating seniors in the Class of 2013 received forty-six scholarships valued at $48,000.  Thirteen previous Raytown Quality Schools students received renewable scholarships valued at $36,500 for a total award in 2013 of $84,000.

Refer to Scholarship Applications and Forms for scholarship application forms and information.

Darren Connelly Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established by the Raytown Soccer Club in 2011 in memory of Darren Connelly for his leadership in the club.  Eligible applicants must be female soccer players from either high school.  Two recipients, one from each school, are selected.  The scholarship award is $500.

Richard Gooden Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established by Mr. Gooden’s family and friends to provide support for those students he admired most , those who have followed a non-traditional path to leadership.  These are students who experience struggles during their underclass years, but develop maturity as they progress toward graduation.  He had great respect for students who work to overcome personnel issues.  He honored students who improved their behavior, citizenship, responsibility and grades through determination and perseverance.  He especially respected students who managed to graduate without a traditional support system.   Mr. Gooden served as an assistant principal at Raytown South High School from 1987 to 2005.  Eligible applicants must be Raytown South High School students, demonstrate positive school leadership and have overcome personal adversity.  One recipient is selected.  The scholarship award is $1000.

Chuck Harmon Industrial Technology Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 1998.  Mr. Harmon taught Industrial Arts at both Raytown High School and Raytown South High School.  Soon after his death, his family established this fund as a memorial to his love for working with young people and helping them develop skills for career advancement.  Eligible applicants must be students wanting to enter a career field related to Industrial Technology.  Two scholarships per year may be awarded, preferably to one student from each of the two high schools.  The scholarship award is $1000.  Upon satisfactory progress, the award is renewable for an additional three years in the amount of $500 for a total of $2500.

Christi Marie Harris Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2006 by family and friends of Christi Marie Harris.  Christi was a 1999 graduate of Raytown South High School.  Tragically, Christi was killed in an automobile accident.  At the time of her death, Christi was working in the medical field, but also had interests in both cosmetology and fashion.  Eligible applicants must be female Raytown South High students interested in medicine, cosmetology or fashion.  One recipient is selected.  The number of recipients selected varies each year.  The scholarship award is $500.

William Michael Hawkins Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2006 by the Hawkins family to honor William Michael Hawkins.  The Hawkins family has had two generations of Raytown High School graduates.  Eligible applicants must be Raytown High School students and pursuing a field of study in vocational education.  One recipient is selected.  The scholarship award is $500.

Virginia Coleman Latta Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2012 by Virginia Coleman Latta to give back to alma mater, to encourage students to continue their education, and to assist students who may be the first in their family to attend college.  Mrs. Latta is a member of the Class of 1964, the first graduating class at Raytown South High School.  She also taught Latin at Raytown South High School from 1970 to 1986.  Eligible applicants must be Raytown South High School students.  The scholarship may be used for either post-secondary vocational or college education.  One recipient is selected.  The scholarship award is $500.

Esther Grover McCall Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2013 by Mrs. McCall’s husband, Richard McCall.  Esther Grover McCall taught vocational home economics and served as a curriculum coordinator in Raytown Quality Schools for thirty-five years.  She was past president of local, state and national professional organizations for home economics, receiving the Outstanding Service Award from the Missouri Vocational Association.  Eligible applicants must be students with a demonstrated interest in Family and Consumer Science, Child Development or Culinary Arts, and involvement in school and/or community activities or work experience.  One recipient is selected.  The scholarship award is $1,000.

Original Cardinals Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2014 by alumni from the first three graduating classes of Raytown South High School – Class of 1964, Class of 1965, and Class of 1966 to commemorate their fiftieth graduation anniversaries.  These alumni cherish their experiences as Raytown South Cardinals.  The alumni want to financially assist and recognize a present day Raytown South Cardinal who has been involved in extracurricular activities and demonstrated leadership and want to a Raytown South High School student who has demonstrated leadership and service to Raytown South High School.  Eligible applicants must be Raytown South High School students.  One recipient is selected.  The scholarship award is $1000.

Susan K. Orrell Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 1999 by Susanne’s parents, Don and Geri Orrell.  Susanne was a graduate of Raytown South High School and passed away at college while working on her degree in science.  Eligible applicants must be female Raytown South High School students and demonstrate outstanding study in the field of science, engineering or math.  One recipient is selected.  The scholarship award is $500.

Sam Phillips Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2012 by the family of Sam Phillips.  Sam was a 2007 graduate of Raytown High School and lost is life in a traffic accident two years after graduation.  Eligible applicants must have attended four years at Raytown High School.  One recipient is selected.  The scholarship award is $300.

Raytown Community Pride Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2001 by the Raytown Educational Foundation and expanded in 2005 through a partnership with the Raytown Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association.  In 2014, the Raytown High School Class of 1963 joined both the foundation and retired personnel by adding an additional scholarship.  Eligible applicants must have attended Raytown Quality Schools for four years.  The number of scholarship recipients varies.  Seventeen recipients were selected in 2013.  The scholarship award is $1000.

Raytown High School Class of 1956 – This scholarship was established in 1997 and then entrusted to the Raytown Educational Foundation in 2013.  This unique scholarship was created by the Raytown High School Class of 1956 alumni to recognize the Raytown High School student whose class rank is number fifty-six after seven semesters of high school.  Due to the unique nature of this scholarship, students do not apply.  One recipient is selected.  The scholarship award is $1000.

Raytown High School Class of 1961 – This scholarship was established in 2011 by the Raytown High School Class of 1961 alumni to assist Raytown High School students realize their college plans.  The first scholarship will be awarded in 2014.  Eligible applicants must be Raytown High School students.  One recipient is selected.  The scholarship award is $500.

Raytown High School Cross Country Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 1999 by Raytown High School Cross Country alumni and parents.  This scholarship recognizes a Raytown High School Cross Country Team member for his/her achievements and contribution to the cross country team.  Eligible applicants must be members of the Raytown High School Cross Country Team.  One recipient is selected.  The scholarship award is $500.

Raytown Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 1999 by the Raytown Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association in memory of deceased Raytown Quality Schools faculty and staff members.  Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in education.  Two recipients, one from each high school, are selected.  The scholarship award is $1000.  Upon satisfactory progress, the award may be renewed for a second year for a total of $2000.

J.L. Robinson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2004 by the Robinson family.  The Robinson family has been an integral part of the Raytown educational and business communities.  The family named the scholarship in memory of two family members named James Luther Robinson.  The eldest went by Luther and the youngest, Luther’s son, went by Jim.  Both men were members of the Raytown Quality Schools Board of Education.   Both Jim and his father were supportive of the entrepreneurial development of individuals in the community.  The family also gifted the land upon which Robinson Elementary School now sits.  Eligible applicants must demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and plan to major in a business related field of study.  Two recipients, one from each high school, are selected.  The scholarship award is $500.

James R. Schneider Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2001 by family and friends of James R. Schneider.  James was assistant fire chief and passed away due to cancer.  His son was a Raytown High School graduate and special services student.  Eligible applicants must be enrolled in the special services program.  One recipient is selected on an alternating basis from the two high schools.  The scholarship award is $200.

Sloan Family Foundation Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2007 by Don Sloan to recognize students who demonstrate potential through hard work, determination and curiosity.  Mr. Sloan is a 1958 Raytown High School graduate and was inducted into the Raytown Quality Schools Hall of Fame in 2006.  He is owner and President of Polymeric Imaging, Inc., an innovative ink technology company based in North Kansas City.  Polymeric Imaging, Inc. was a pioneer in Ultra-Violet ink technology and the company holds eight worldwide patents in the field of digital printing.  The most notable Polymeric products are the laminate wraps used on automobiles and Boeing jets.  Eligible applicants must demonstrate potential through hard work, determination and curiosity.  One recipient is selected.  The scholarship award is $5000.  Upon satisfactory progress, the award is renewable for an additional three years for a total of $20,000.

Soule Family Foundation Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2002 in honor of Walter A. and Charlotte Soule.  The Soule Family Foundation honors individuals who did not have educational opportunities, but became highly successful because they are willing to work hard.  Eligible applicants must demonstrate a desire to help oneself through part-time employment in both high school and college.  One recipient is selected on an alternating basis between the two high schools.  The scholarship award is renewable for three additional years for a total of $6000.

Harold H. Vance Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 1998 by the Raytown Sertoma Club in memory of one of their cherished members, Mr. Harold H. Vance.  Eligible applicants must demonstrate strong community service as well as community and school leadership.  One recipient is selected on an alternating basis from the two high schools.  The scholarship award is $500.

Virtuoso Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2001 by the Raytown South High School Orchestra Boosters.  This scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a senior orchestra student seeking a college or post-secondary education.  Eligible applicants must have been enrolled in orchestra classes in both middle school and high school and be a Raytown South High School student.  One recipient is selected.  The scholarship award is $500.