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Apply Today! Scholarships for NKC Schools Seniors

The NKC Schools Education Foundation is proud to work with dozens of donors and organizations who provide scholarships investing in our students’ futures. Nearly 60 opportunities are available for students to pursue further education or career/technical training. Some opportunities are specifically offered at specific high schools, for pursuing areas of study or career plans, or based on student activities, athletics, or achievements during high school.

Seniors graduating in 2023 received 120 scholarships worth over $103,000 – a new record! Congratulations to our winners. You may view a full list of 2023 recipients using the button below. Since 2004, the Education Foundation has awarded 1,093 scholarships worth $978,750.

Applications for the Class of 2024 are OPEN! Visit nkcscholarships.awardspring.com to start your application today. Students will complete one comprehensive form and be automatically matched to any opportunities for which they are eligible to apply. Supplemental items may be requested for specific opportunities. An overview of each 2024 scholarship is listed below, sortable by high school. Please view our AwardSpring guide for answers to FAQ’s! 

Deadline: Most scholarships are due by 11:59 PM on Friday, March 22. Please login to AwardSpring to view individual deadlines.

Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (816) 321-5550.

Alexander Cruz Esteba

Alexander Cruz Esteban Memorial Scholarship

Staley High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024
Alexander Cruz Esteban attended Ravenwood Elementary, New Mark Middle School, and was a Freshman at Staley High School when he passed away. He would have graduated in the Class of 2024. Ravenwood dedicated their adaptive playground in Alexander’s memory. He loved YMCA Challenger, Special Olympics, and helping others. His family has established this scholarship to help students pursue a career in Special Education.

Alice & Elmer Black Vocational Training Scholarships

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Two $1,000 scholarships will assist students who plan to pursue vocational training, including the construction trades, culinary arts, cosmetology, automotive technology, agriculture, landscaping, nursing and other certifications.

Average Joe/Average Jane Scholarship

Oak Park High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

These $2,500 scholarships will assist male and female graduates who don’t see a traditional college or university as the best choice for them, but instead want to attend a technical or trade school. Applicants should have a good attitude,  willingness to work and excellent attendance.

Barry Salsbury Memorial Scholarship

North Kansas City High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024
This $1,500 scholarship was created in loving memory of Barry W. Salsbury, a North Kansas City High School graduate, and will be selected by Speech and Debate coaches. Barry was a dedicated debate student, and after graduating from UMKC, he shared his skill and passion with the next generation as a debate coach at Park Hill High School and William Jewell College. This scholarship honors the impact speech and debate had on Barry’s life.

Bill & Ann Grace Scholarship

Oak Park High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

This $500 scholarship honors former Vocal Music Director Bill Grace and his wife Ann, who passed away in 2019. It is awarded to an Oak Park student who has participated in vocal music.

Bill Overbey Future Educator Scholarship

Oak Park High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

For over three decades, Mr. Overbey coached, taught, counseled and positively influenced thousands of students. This memorial scholarship assists current Oak Park students who wish to follow in his footsteps.

Blair Family Traditions Scholarship

North Kansas City High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Established by Allen and Libby Blair, this scholarship will be awarded to a senior who upholds the traditions set by their children – Amy, Catherine and David, proud graduates of North Kansas City High School.

Buddie Butterfield Hornet Golf Scholarship

North Kansas City High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Members of the North Kansas City High School boys and girls golf teams are eligible to apply for this $500 scholarship established in memory of Buddie Butterfield, a 1951 graduate.

Carol L. Stockton Music Education Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

This $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of Carol Lynn Stockton, a former music teacher for North Kansas City Schools.  It provides a scholarship for a student who is graduating or has graduated from the district, and is pursuing a degree in music education.

Chris Bartholomew Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

A $1,000 scholarship is given in memory of Chris Bartholomew, a 2004 graduate of North Kansas City High School. Applicants must participate in a sport and plan to pursue a degree in criminal justice.

Coach Joe Crouthers Wrestling Scholarship

North Kansas City High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Members of the first wrestling teams at North Kansas City High School have established this $2,500 scholarship in honor of Coach Joe Crouthers who became the primary promoter of wrestling in Missouri beyond the St. Louis area.

Construction Team Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

This $1000 scholarship will assist graduates who plan to pursue a career in any of the following construction trades: plumber, electrician, mason, iron worker, carpenter, draftsman and HVAC technician.

Cummings Family Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Established by the family of Dr. Tom Cummings, former superintendent of North Kansas City Schools, this $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who has participated in orchestra for at least two years.

Darin Martinez Scholarship

North Kansas City High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

This $500 scholarship honors the memory of Darin Martinez, an English teacher at North Kansas City High School who was loved by both his students and his colleagues. It will assist a graduating senior who shows strength of character, perseverance, a solid work ethic and the ability to give it his/her all, even in the face of adversity.

Darlene Minx Memorial Journalism Scholarship

North Kansas City High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

This scholarship honors the memory of Darlene Minx, a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism and a member of the school district’s Communications team who served as newsletter editor and web master. Her scholarship will assist a senior who plans to pursue a career in journalism.

Delta Kappa Gamma Future Teacher Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 1, 2024

The Women’s Educator Society of Delta Kappa Gamma will provide one $750 scholarship to a grading senior who pursues a degree in education.

Don & Pamela Davison Elementary Education Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

This scholarship honors Don and Pamela Davison and their lifelong dedication to education. It will assist a North Kansas City Schools graduate who plans to pursue a degree in elementary education.

Dottie Drukker Memorial Scholarship

North Kansas City High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Established in memory of Dottie Drukker, this $1,000 scholarship will assist a North Kansas City High School senior who has participated in at least one activity and maintained a 2.0 GPA.

Education Foundation Scholarship
(IN-DISTRICT)

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

These $1,000 scholarships were established for dependents of North Kansas City Schools employees. At least two are awarded annually to graduating seniors who display exemplary involvement in their schools and communities. Applicants are NOT required to attend North Kansas City Schools.

Education Foundation Scholarship
(OUT-OF-DISTRICT)

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

These $1,000 scholarships were established for dependents of North Kansas City Schools employees. At least two are awarded annually to graduating seniors who display exemplary involvement in their schools and communities. (OUT-OF-DISRICT APPLICANTS USE THIS FORM)

Finish Strong Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

The Darrel Bland Sertoma Club of North Kansas City provides at least two $1,000 scholarships to district seniors who demonstrate a critical financial need and a commitment to academics and community service.

Griffin Arts Achievement Scholarship

Winnetonka High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

A graduating senior will receive a one-time scholarship of $1,000 for excelling in visual, fine or practical arts classes, while demonstrating a drive for creative outlets and pursuits.

Heather Reed-Flynn Journalism Scholarship

Oak Park High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

The Oak Park Journalism Department encourages students to record the news, stories, and history of the school. This scholarship is named in memory of former Oak Park student journalist Heather Reed-Flynn.

Janet Stevens Art Education Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: April 5, 2024

This $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of Janet Stevens, who taught art in the district for more than 30 years and also served as visual arts coordinator. Applicants must plan to pursue a degree in art education.

JJK Friendship Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

A senior from each district high school will receive a $500 JJK Friendship Scholarship. It honors the memory of Jason, Jeff and Kyle, three Oak Park graduates and friends who died in a car accident on April 1, 2001.

Jo Anne Baker Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

A $500 scholarship honors the memory of Jo Anne Baker, who was an essential part of Oakwood Manor Elementary School since 1959. It is awarded to a district graduate who attended Oakwood Manor.

Joy H. Browne Music Education Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

A $500 scholarship honors the memory of Joy Browne, who served as the district’s elementary music supervisor from 1971 to 1986. Applicants must plan to pursue a degree in music education.

Judy Hayes Northtown TRUE Award

North Kansas City High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Named in memory of 1956 graduate Judy Hayes, two $500 scholarship will be awarded to seniors who show exceptional scholarship, citizenship and leadership and are committed to Northtown’s core values of TRUST, RESPECT, UNITY and EMPOWERMENT.

Kauk Family Healthcare Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

The Kauk Family established this $1,000 scholarship for a student who plans to pursue a career in healthcare and who demonstrates a financial need and ability to overcome an obstacle to be successful.

Leo's Buddy Scholarship

Oak Park High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

This scholarship was established in memory of Leo Scott, a 1975 graduate of Oak Park known for his positive attitude, genuine personality and smile. It is intended to inspire Oak Park graduates to further their post-secondary education and mentor others through community involvement and paying it forward.

N2Sports Scholarships - Broadcast

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

N2Sports provides students with a hands-on, authentic career-based experience to better prepare them to work in sports marketing, broadcast sports journalism, media production and communications. There are two scholarships: one for students involved in broadcasting and the other for students involved in marketing N2Sports.

N2Sports Scholarships - Marketing

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

N2Sports provides students with a hands-on, authentic career-based experience to better prepare them to work in sports marketing, broadcast sports journalism, media production and communications. There are two scholarships: one for students involved in broadcasting and the other for students involved in marketing N2Sports.

Nancy Richards Scholarship

Winnetonka High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

This scholarship was established in memory of Nancy Richards, a longtime Communication Arts teacher at Winnetonka High School whose passion was teaching mythology. It will assist Winnetonka graduates who have shown significant growth in Communication Arts during their high school careers.

NKC Black Student Union (BSU) Scholarship

North Kansas City High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024
One graduating senior from North Kansas City High School who has been a Black Student Union (BSU) member for at least two years will receive up to a $500 scholarship annually.

Northland Festivals Skilled Trades Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Many floats in the Snake Saturday Parade are constructed by individuals with trade skills. This $1,000 scholarship will assist a student who plans to pursue a career as a carpenter, iron worker, mason, plumber, electrician, draftsman or HVAC technician.

Northtown Class Of 1952 Scholarship

North Kansas City High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Members of the Class of 1952 established this $500 scholarship in grateful appreciation for the outstanding education they received at Northtown. It is awarded to a student who plans to attend a two-year college or trade school.

Oak Park Alumni Scholarship

Oak Park High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

The Alumni Association awards a scholarship to the son or daughter of an Oak Park graduate who has maintained a 3.4 GPA or higher and who is active in school and/or community activities.

Kris Venard

Kris Venard Music Scholarship

Oak Park High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024
The Kris Venard Music Scholarship was established in loving memory of Kris, an Oak Park graduate with a lifelong love for music. Kris passed away in 2023. This $500 scholarship will be awarded to an Oak Park senior who has been an active band member for four years.

Oak Park Future Teacher Scholarship

Oak Park High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Members of the Oak Park faculty present this scholarship to a senior who plans to become a teacher.

Oak Park Theatre Scholarship

Oak Park High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

The Theatre Department will award up to four scholarships annually based on overall service to the department, academic achievement and written essays.

PEO Chapter JK Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

P.E.O. is a women’s organization that celebrates the advancement of women, supports educational opportunities for women, and motivates women to achieve their highest aspirations.

Paul E. Webb Memorial Scholarship

North Kansas City High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Established in memory of 1949 Alum and Hall of Fame member Paul E. Webb, this $500 scholarship will assist a student who plans to pursue a career in fire science, criminal justice or emergency medical services.

Raedele Sissom Scholarship

Winnetonka High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

This scholarship was established in memory of Raedele, a member of Winnetonka’s first graduating class in 1972. A $1,000 scholarship is presented annually to a senior who has a physical disability or who plans to pursue a career that assists people with physical disabilities.

R.B. Doolin Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

The North Kansas City PTA Council partners with the Education Foundation to provide scholarships at each of the district’s four high schools. At North Kansas City High School, two additional Lions Club Scholarships are awarded to R. B. Doolin applicants.

Robert L. Dameron Memorial Scholarship

Oak Park High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

The family and friends of 1969 Oak Park alum Bob Dameron established this memorial scholarship honoring his will to excel in academics and sports while in school and throughout his life. Two $2,000 scholarships go to seniors who also demonstrate a drive and determination to be successful.

Snake Saturday Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

These $2,000 scholarships were established for district students who have shown a unique dedication to community service and volunteerism.

Staley Class of 2013 Legacy Scholarship

Staley High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

This scholarship provides financial assistance to a Staley graduate who will be a full-time student at an institution of higher learning and who has been involved in school and community service. 

Staley Journalism Scholarship

Staley High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

The Staley Journalism Scholarship recognizes outstanding scholastic journalists who have done an exceptional job of recording the news, stories and history of the high school.

Stephen Woodson Memorial Scholarship

Oak Park High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Named in memory of 1968 graduate Stephen Woodson, this $2,000 scholarship benefits an Oak Park student who demonstrates a financial need to attend a two- or four-year college or university.  

Stuart Hunt Family Athletic Leadership Scholarship

North Kansas City High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Established by Stuart Hunt, this $1,000 scholarship will assist a senior who has shown outstanding leadership and sportsmanship qualities while participating in high school athletics.

Sue and Bill Woods Scholarship

North Kansas City High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Family and friends established this scholarship in memory of Sue and Bill Woods, longtime Northland residents, business owners and supporters of North Kansas City Schools.

Theresa Moore (Johannes) Scholarship

All High Schools
Deadline: March 22, 2024

This $500 scholarship was established in memory of Theresa, Winnetonka’s first homecoming queen. It is awarded to a female graduate who plans to major in math or a related field.

Vicki Barmann SOAR Memorial Scholarship

Staley High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Members of the faculty and staff present two college scholarships – one to a male senior and one to a female senior who exemplify Staley High School’s Core Values of Service, Ownership, Achievement and Respect.

Winnetonka Activity Booster Club & PTSA Scholarship

Winnetonka High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024
Description: The Winnetonka Activity Booster Club & PTSA is proud to offer up to five (5) $100 scholarships to graduating seniors at Winnetonka High School who embody the district's Portrait of a Graduate competencies. Applicants do not have to be current members of the organization to qualify.

Winnetonka Class Award for Freshmen

Winnetonka High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Established by Ed Moore, this $500 award encourages Winnetonka freshmen to think about the future and what they plan to do following high school. Students are eligible to apply for an additional $500 during their sophomore and junior years.

Winnetonka Class Award for Sophomores

Winnetonka High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Established by Ed Moore, this $500 award continues to encourage Winnetonka sophomores to think about the future and practice the process of applying for college scholarships. Students may reapply during their junior year.

Winnetonka Class Award for Juniors

Winnetonka High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

Established by Ed Moore, this $500 award inspires Winnetonka juniors to think about their future careers and gives them even more practice in applying for college scholarships prior to their senior year of high school. 

Winnetonka Visionary Award

Winnetonka High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

The Winnetonka Visionary Award was established to provide financial aid to graduates with a vision for making an impact on the world around them.  It specifically recognizes a graduate’s: 1) dedication to improving his or her  local, national, and/or global communities; 2) strong character; and 3) high academic performance and desire to learn.

Woodson Moore Scholarship

North Kansas City High School
Deadline: March 22, 2024

This $500 memorial scholarship was established by the family, friends and former colleagues of Woodson Moore, who taught accounting and business at North Kansas City High School for 32 years. It will assist a Northtown graduate who plans to pursue a degree in business or education.