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 scholarship applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 15, unless otherwise noted below.

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

The Joyce Focht Memorial Scholarship Fund
(Applicants accepted from USD 259 students only)

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
(Applicant must be a resident of Kansas)

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).

Please mail a signed "hard copy" of your application, together with required attachments to the Foundation office.

The Matthew Aaron Gamm Memorial Scholarship
(Applicants accepted from USD 259 students only)

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 Chad McCune Scholarship Fund
(Applicants accepted from Sedgwick County only)

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 Rottinghaus Scholarship Fund

(Applicants accepted from Rottinghaus employees and their children only)

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
(Applicants accepted from Wichita/Sedgwick County students only)

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
(Applicants accepted from Sedgwick County students only)

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

(Applicants must residents of Kansas)

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

(Applicants for aviation training accepted, nation-wide focus)

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

(Applicants for aviation training accepted)

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. 31.

James Woods
Executive Assistant
316-264-4880
Carol Nazar
Director of Donor and Grant Making Services
316-264-4880
Lauren Blick
Manager of Donor and Grant Making Services
316-264-4880
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