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 forty scholarship funds dedicated to graduating seniors, $200 to $6,500.

 

Aspire Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2014 by Chris and Stacey Payne, local business developers and philanthropists.  The purpose of this scholarship is to assist first generation students overcome barriers prohibiting their aspirations for a college education.  Eligible applicants must demonstrate strong potential, desire, commitment, and perseverance towards the successful  completion of a college degree.  The award is $6,500, renewable for an additional three years for a total of $26,000.

 

Robert Clark Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2014 by Raytown High School alumni in honor of Mr. Clark’s years of service to students as a counselor and to commemorate Mr. Clark’s 85th birthday.  Mr. Clark began his career in 1956 as an Industrial Arts teacher.  As a school counselor, he had an opportunity to work with students from all of the secondary schools.  Eligible applicants must be Raytown High School students.  The award is $500.

 

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.

 

Empowering Young Mothers Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2015 by Parents As Teachers educators and friends in memory of Raytown Quality Schools’ student, Bianca Fletcher, and her infant son Joseph who were tragically killed by domestic violence.  This scholarship is provided in honor of Bianca and Joseph to empower young mothers to further their education and to realize their dreams for themselves and their children.   Eligible applicants are female students with a child.  The award is $1,000.

 

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 $500.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Jones Family Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2015 by R.C. and Charlene Jones, retired educators from Raytown Quality Schools.  Upon the passing of R.C.’s sister, Joella R. Sutton, the Jones family wanted to create a scholarship for Raytown students in her honor.  Eligible applicants are students who demonstrate strong academic goals and participation in extracurricular activities or community service.  The award is $1,000.

 

Coach Bud and Gay Lathrop Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2015 by Raytown South High School’s Boys Basketball Alumni to honor Coach Lathrop and his legacy at Raytown South High School.  When established, Coach Lathrop insisted that his wife’s name be included in the scholarship’s title stating, “She been to every game and coached those boys as much as I have.”  Coach Lathrop’s record includes four state championships and placement in the National Federation of State High School Association.  Coach’s real legacy has always been about his relationship with his players and his Cardinal Rule, “Be a gentleman.”  Eligible applicants must be Raytown South High School Boys Basketball Team members a minimum of two years and demonstrate good character and positive contributions to the team and Raytown South High School.  The award is $1,000.

 

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.  Eligible applicants must have attended Raytown Quality Schools for four years.  The number of scholarship recipients varies.  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 was awarded in 2014.  Eligible applicants must be Raytown High School students.  One recipient is selected.  The scholarship award is $500.

 

Raytown High School Class of 1963 Scholarship – This scholarship was established by the Raytown High School Class of 1963 to recognize the quality of education they received while attending Raytown High School, their Blue Jay Pride, and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their graduation.  Alumni established this scholarship to assure that Raytown High School students will continue to have the opportunity to attend college.  Eligible applicants must be a Raytown High School student for four years and demonstrate positive citizenship, leadership and participation in extracurricular activities or community service.  The award is $1,000.

 

Raytown High School Class of 1986 Traditions Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2016 by the Raytown High School Class of 1986 alumni to commemorate their 30th class reunion.  When in high school, the Class of 1986 was a tight knit group and committed to spreading the good name of Raytown throughout the community.  The class was proud of where they came from and hope to instill that in future generations of Raytown High School students.  Members of this class have remained interested in what graduating Raytown High School students are choosing to do with the skills and values they learned by being a Blue Jay. Eligible applicants must demonstrate participation in extracurricular activities or community service and Blue Jay pride.  The award is $1,000.

 

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.  The number of recipients varies.  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 $500.

 

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.  The family wanted Mr. Schneider’s scholarship to provide a post-secondary educational opportunity for a special services student.  Eligible applicants must be or have been enrolled in the special services program.  One recipient is selected on an alternating basis from the two high schools.  The scholarship award is $200.

 

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 $6,000.

 

Star Seeker Scholarship – This scholarship was established by the owners and employees of A Green Way Home.  It honors the memory of one of its employees and former Raytown South High student, Shannon Rollins.  Shannon was a tragic victim of a homicide in 2015.  He was a people person with infectious enthusiasm and a talented dancer who had just performed in a music video prior to this death.  Eligible applicants are students who share Shannon’s passion for the performing arts.  The award is $500.

 

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.

Wilma Wink Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established by Wilma’s daughters to honor her years as a business educator and instructional coordinator in Raytown Quality Schools.  Two generations of students learned typing and other essential business skills under her watchful eyes.  Wilma was a woman of great determination and personal strength, a female pioneer in business.  Eligible applicants must be female students planning a career in business.  The award is $1,000.

 

Heather Woodson Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2016 by Heather’s family, friends, and colleagues, “Woodson Warriors,” to honor her memory following a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Heather was a beloved social studies teacher and coach.  She was one of those special teachers who positively touched so many lives that she will live on in others for a very long time.  Eligible applicants must be Raytown High School students involved in extracurricular activities and/or sports.  The award is $1,000.

 

Ronald H. Woody Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2015 by Mr. Woody and his daughter, Linda Gerding, a Raytown Educational Foundation trustee.  The scholarship honors Mr. Woody’s athletic accomplishments while attending Raytown High School.  Mr. Woody was a 1945 graduate and excelled in track, basketball, and baseball.  He was voted “Best Athlete” during his senior year.  Eligible applicants must be male and a member of the Raytown High School Track Team for three years.  The award is $500.

 

Gary P. Ziegenhorn Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2015 by Gary’s cousins and family members to honor his memory.  Gary was a graduate of the Raytown South High School Class of 1966, one of the first three classes to attend Raytown South High School.  He was an accomplished musician who played in local bands as well as bands in the Los Angeles area.  He was known for his deep voice and gentle spirit.  Eligible applicants are musicians for whom music is an integral part of their lives.  The award is $1,000.