On this page you'll find unique scholarship opportunities. Be sure you read the directions and most important, follow them when applying. Good luck!

Online Applications

All award notices will be posted on our website no later than May 15, unless otherwise noted below.

The Chad McCune Scholarship Fund
(Online applications accepted from Wichita/Sedgwick County)

This scholarship honors the memory of Chad McCune. Two scholarships are awarded annually to young men between the ages of six and nineteen who wish to attend a summer camp of their choosing. Scholarships are awarded based on need and leadership qualities.

The Joyce Focht Memorial Scholarship Fund
(Online applications accepted from USD259 students only)

***SECTION V COMPLETED BY SCHOOL OFFICIAL AND LETTER OF SUPPORT NEEDED TO BE CONSIDERED***

This scholarship, which covers first year expenses of post-secondary education, is awarded to a graduating senior who has persevered in the face of great hardship, puts service to others above self and has achieved either academically or otherwise. The scholarship honors the memory and contributions to education of Joyce Focht, a long time member of the Wichita Board of Education, a teacher and an academic advisor at Wichita State University.

Nominations will be forwarded to the administration of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas for review prior to consideration by the Selection Committee.

The Forget Me Not Scholarship Fund
(Online applications accepted, statewide focus)

***LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION NEEDED TO BE CONSIDERED***

The Forget Me Not Scholarship Fund was created in 2002 for the purpose of enabling young men and women in the State of Kansas to enroll in an accredited college, university, seminary, junior college or vocational technical college in the United States. Two scholarships are awarded annually: (1) to a high school senior graduating from an accredited high school in the State of Kansas, and (2) to a high school senior graduating from high schools in Cimarron, Dodge City, Pratt, Bishop Carroll (Wichita) and Kapaun/Mount Carmel (Wichita).

In September 2001, over 2,000 people participated in a commemorative race honoring the lives of Jason Befort, Heather Muller, Bradley Heyka and Aaron Sander, who died tragically on Dec. 15, 2000. The funds raised through this race form the basis of these continuing scholarship awards.

In his 26 years of life, Jason Befort gave it all he had. His determination was admirable and his love was genuine. He worked hard, he played hard and was intense in all aspects of his life. Jason was never without a smile or hello.

Competitive in sports, he was a perfectionist in every way. His loves included his family, his friends, the Cubs, the K-State Wildcats and life. They say you have to love yourself to pass it on. Jason did both.

Brad Heyka had a sincere love for life including his family and friends. His passion for life was catching and he enjoyed bringing people together and bringing out the best in them. Through this quiet leadership role he had attracted many new friendships in an ever-growing circle. His sense of humor should not be forgotten - it was contagious. His quick wit instantly brought a smile to your face. His passions included golf, KSU sports, competition, fairness, the desire to excel and concern for others.

Heather Muller was filled with a love for God, a love for life, and a love for children- especially her "teenies" with special needs. She had a rare talent for singing that she shared with all. Her prayer-filled life was a life of service to others of all ages and backgrounds. Heather impacted hundreds of people throughout her life and will continue to do so.

Aaron Sander graduated from high school in Cimarron, where his body now rests, before going to Wichita to earn a degree in finance from WSU. He spent the following six years working in the field of finance before taking the last six months of his life to discern a vocation in the priesthood. Aaron was a kind, gentle man, full of love and peace. He had a special charm that attracted many because he genuinely cared for those he met. He had a passion to learn and find his purpose in life, because he knew it was to serve God's people.

Apply online. Please mail a signed "hard copy" of your application, together with required attachments to the Foundation office at the address listed in the front of the Scholarship section.

The Matthew Aaron Gamm Memorial Scholarship
(Online applications accepted from USD259 students only)

***LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM TEACHER, FRIEND OR RELATIVE NEEDED TO BE CONSIDERED***

This scholarship strives to recognize those individuals who dare to dream, question the world around them and in spite of struggles, maintain a zest for life. The emphasis for this scholarship is to empower second chances rather than to honor academic achievement. The award shall be used for expenses related to post-secondary education, including vocational and special education.

The Rottinghaus Scholarship Fund

(Online applications accepted from Rottinghaus employees and their children only)

***TRANSCRIPT NEEDED TO BE CONSIDERED***

Rottinghaus Company has elected to offer a scholarship program to employees and children of employees of Rottinghaus Company Inc. The program will be administered by the Human Resource Department and scholarship will be funded through the "Rottinghaus Scholar" Program administered by the Wichita Community Foundation.  Scholarship recipients will be awarded through an independent scholarship committee. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for financial assistance to employees and children of employees enrolled in higher education classes.  The scholarship is an annual award.  The amount and number of scholarship awarded will be based on 1) the number of applications received by the prescribed deadline and 2) the funds available.  Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, color, religion, sex, natioanl origin, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

The Russ and Helen Meyer Scholarship Fund
(Online applications accepted from Wichita/Sedgwick County students only)

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Established in 1996, post-high school scholarships are given annually with a first preference to graduating seniors from each Metro alternative school in the Wichita area regardless of grade point average. Second preference shall be given to graduating seniors within the USD259 public school system in the Wichita KS area who are not commonly eligible for other scholarship opportunities. No preferences shall apply in the selection of recipients from primary or secondary schools for attendance at an accredited public, private or parochial school of their choice.

Annual awards are $6,000 and scholarships may be renewed, at the discretion of the Wichita Community Foundation, if the student maintains satisfactory academic progress (a C average), successfully completes at least twelve credit hours per semester (college level) and provides a letter of personal enrichment to the Foundation office upon the completion of each semester.

Optimist Memorial Scholarship Fund
(Online applications accepted from Sedgwick County students only)

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The Breakfast Optimist Club of Wichita, KS was organized in November 1955 (incorporated 1963) as a part of Optimist International. Optimist Clubs are made up of men and women interested in serving the youth of their communities. This scholarship program, funded by their fund raising activities, has granted scholarships to Sedgwick County students since 1987.

Randy Banks Memorial Scholarship Fund

(Online applications accepted, statewide focus)

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This scholarship opportunity was created in 2012 in loving memory of Randy Banks through the continuing generosity of his mother, Ann E. Weidensaul, the Banks family and Randy’s friends. Please review the Guidelines before submitting an application.

Wichita Aero Club Stimpson Scholarship Fund

(Online applications for aviation training accepted, nation-wide focus)

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The Wichita Aero Club, based in Wichita, KS, fosters and promotes interest in aviation, provides a forum that focuses on the industry’s issues and achievements, and brings together those with a passion for flight in an environment that expands and enhances professional relationships and furthers cooperation and understanding. This scholarship is targeted at men and women who want to make a significant contribution to the field of aviation.  Read more...

Wichita Aero Club Humphrey Scholarship Fund

(Online applications for aviation training accepted)

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The Wichita Aero Club, based in Wichita, KS, fosters and promotes interest in aviation, provides a forum that focuses on the industry’s issues and achievements, and brings together those with a passion for flight in an environment that expands and enhances professional relationships and furthers cooperation and understanding. This scholarship is targeted at men and women who want to make a significant contribution to the field of aviation. Read more...

This scholarship application is due Oct. 1.

Wichita Aero Club Humphrey Scholarship award notices will be posted on our website no later than Dec 1.

Carol Nazar
Director of Donor and Grant Making Services
316-264-4880
Wichita Community Foundation |301 N. Main Suite 100 |Wichita, Kansas 67202 |P 1.316.264.4880 |F 1.316.264.7592