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PHS Financial Aid Night--September 14, 2022
PHS FAFSA Completion Night--October 12, 2022

FAFSA Information
Apply for an FSA ID here

Complete the FAFSA here 

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USD 368 Endowment Association scholarship information will be presented to graduating PHS students in December.

Scholarship and/or financial aid websites:
State of Kansas Scholarships & Grants
 Kansas Scholarships
 United Negro College Fund
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
American Indian Scholarship Fund
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
 Merit Aid/Cappex
 Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Advisors
 Scholarship Help 
 Student Scholarships -- Boasts the largest collection of scholarships on the web
 Greater KS City Community Foundation-many scholarships in a variety of areas!    
 Unigo/Scholarship Experts-short essays on a variety of topics; awards up to $5000; deadlines vary; can apply as early as
        age 13
 Weird Scholarships--Unique scholarships and great information for applying for scholarships
 Varsity Tutors--Monthly scholarships awarded; $200; 200-900 words; submit online; promote your entry via social media

Please see individual college websites for complete listings of scholarships, requirements, and deadlines  

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Kansas Promise Scholarship
Students attending a Kansas community college, technical college, Washburn Institute of Technology, and certain private postsecondary educational institutions and enrolled in specified programs of study, generally in the fields of: information technology & security, mental and physical health care, advanced manufacturing and building trades or early childhood education & development. 
This is a last dollar scholarship. What does that mean? It will cover ALL TUITION AND FEES not covered by other financial aid that you receive.

Phi Theta Kappa
PHS students who have completed 12+ college credit hours with a 3.5 GPA (on college courses only) may join Phi Kappa Theta. There is a one time, $100 lifetime membership fee. Members have access to numerous scholarship opportunities.
American Legion Scholarships
Please visit the website to see the requirements for the 12 scholarships that they have available.
Amounts & deadlines vary 

Kansas American Legion Scholarships
Please visit the website to see the requirements for the scholarships that are available.
Amounts & deadlines vary

Kansas Foster & Adoptive Children Scholarship Fund
Students who are or have been foster children in the State of Kansas, including foster children who have been adopted
Amount & type of aid may include (but is not limited to) tuition, room & board, books, etc.
Applications accepted year round
Scholarships awarded June 1 and November 1 of each year

Education & Training Vouchers for Foster Care Youth
Available to youth in foster care after their 15th birthday for education costs related to post-secondary or certified training programs. Max is $3500/year. To be eligible, youth must show DCF that at least 5 scholarships and FAFSA have been applied for each year. Program can be extended to age 23 if enrolled in school and making satisfactory progress at age 21.
See the counseling office with questions about this program.


Hagan Scholarship Foundation
Senior, 3.50 GPA, work requirement, financial need
Amount varies--Up to $48,000
Application Opens: September 1: Due December 1, 2022

Questbridge National College Match and Scholarships
Seniors in the top 5-10% of class, ACT-28+, family income of $65K or less/year
Full tuition to participating colleges
Online application due: September 27, 2022


SchoolHouse Connection Scholarship
For students who have experienced homelessness within the last six years
Due: October 15

Rudd Foundation Scholarship
Seniors w/at least 3.0 GPA, have filled out the FAFSA and qualify for a Pell Grant, and plan to attend Wichita State University, Fort Hays State University or Emporia State University
$$--Covers ALL remaining costs of attendance after all other aid, grants, and scholarships are applied to a student's account; renewable for 4 years w/application and maintenance of 3.0 GPA
Application Opens: October 3, 2022  Due: December 2, 2022

Kansas Buffalo Scholarship

Senior or college freshman involved in raising bison and/or planning to pursue a career in an agriculturally related field
Due: October 15

Wallace Engineering Scholarship--WSU
3.5+ GPA OR 27 ACT composite or rank in top 10% of class at the end of junior year; declare engineering major on admissions application
Apply to WSU by Oct. 15, 2022; declared a College of Engineering major on your admissions application; complete the scholarship competition application by November 1, 2022; competition at WSU Nov. 18, 2022

WSU Scholarship Competitions: See link for scholarships for specific majors and general scholarships

3.5+ GPA or 27 ACT or top 10% AND be admitted to WSU by Oct 15, 2022. 
$60,000 and various amounts
Apply to WSU by Oct 15 2022; complete the scholarship  competition application by November 1, 2022; competition scheduled for Nov. 19, 2022

Tradition of Caring Mortuary Science Scholarship
Any high school or college student pursuing a mortuary science
Due prior to October 17, 2022 to Newcomer Funeral Service Group

Heisman High School Scholarship 
Seniors w/3.0 GPA or better, Be a leader in school and in the community and serve as a role model for underclassmen
Participate or have participated in high school in at least one sport. See website for list of eligible sports.

$1,000-$10,000 scholarships are awarded
Application due: October 18, 2022

National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
Award for Aspirations in Computing

9-12 grade women, genderqueer, or non-binary students for their computing-related achievements and interests.
Scholarship and internship opportunities, networking opportunities, an engraved award, and trip to the National Award 
Due: October 20, 2022

VFW Voice of Democracy Competition
9-12 Grade students may enter; see website for more information
Recorded, 3-5 minute essay over theme must be submitted 
2022 Theme: "Why is the Veteran important?"
Prizes & scholarships awarded at the local, district, state & national levels
Entries due by October 31, 2022

*******JUNIORS ONLY*******Coolidge Scholars Program
Distinguished academic record; most rigorous course of study available to them; intellectual curiosity; interest in public policy and appreciation for Coolidge values; humility and leadership
Full ride presidential scholarship to any American university: covers tuition, room and board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study
Due: February 23, 2023-Recommendation letters and reading an autobiography are part of the application process


Kansas Masonic Public School Essay Contest
Juniors and Seniors; Complete application online and 300-500 word essay: Freemasons throughout the world, the Grand Lodge of Kansas, and local Masonic Lodges support public education and value highly the seven classic liberal arts and sciences: grammar, rhetoric, logic, arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy. Discuss which of these fields of study you consider  most valuable to your future and career. Or, if you were to add another subject to the list, what would it be and why is it so vital to your future success?
Up to $4,000
Due: November 1, 2022

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship
$600-$40,000--Local winner advances to state; state winner advances to national selection
See PHS Counseling Office for address to send application
Due: November 14, 2022

Washburn Garvey Scholarship
3.25 GPA, take Garvey Scholarship Exam; see link for details
Complete application for admission to Washburn
Take Garvey Exam; November 19, November 29, December 3
$500-$2000 renewable annually

Prairieland Partners Technician Scholarship Program
Seniors interested in a John Deere tech program or a diesel tech program
Two-year scholarship for select community colleges and vocational schools, plus costs for tools is covered.
Due: November 20, 2022; Spring 2023, TBD (two rounds of scholarships are given)

Fred Tupper Scholarship
Students 18 years of age or older, attending or enrolled in an airport management/administration or similar program.
Due: November 28


Hagan Scholarship Foundation
Senior, 3.75 GPA, work requirement, financial need
Application available September 1, 2022
Renewable up to 7 semesters: Amount varies--Up to $6000
Application due December 1, 2022

Kansas Masonic Scholarships
Variety of scholarships & criteria; going to 2 year or 4 year schools; students w/disabilities, etc.
Apply Early: Applications Open December 1 2022 to March 15, 2023

Kansas State University Wabash Cannon Ball Scholarship

HS Senior living in Johnson, Miami or Wyandotte county; 3.25 or higher GPA, be admitted and complete KSU general scholarship application by December 1
Deadline: December 1

Washburn Leadership Scholarship
At least 3.0 GPA and 24 ACT; accepting scholarship commits student to participate in Washburn's Leadership Institute
$500-$2000, renewable
Due: December 1

Rudd Foundation Scholarship
Seniors w/at least 3.0 GPA, have filled out the FAFSA and qualify for a Pell Grant, and plan to attend Wichita State University, Fort Hays State University or Emporia State University
$$--Covers any remaining costs of attendance after all other aid, grants, and scholarships are applied to a student's account; renewable for 4 years w/application and maintenance of 3.0 GPA
Application Opens: October 3, 2022 Due: December 2, 2022

Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarships
2.5 GPA; going to any 2 year or 4 year college or career technical school
Due: December 15

Acacia Leadership Scholarship
Senior who displays excellence in academics, motivation for personal success, and an interest in studying the principles of leadership. Must be planning to attend Kansas State University.
1-$3000; 2-$1000
Due: December 16

Euitable Excellence Scholarship
Leadership, determination and resilience 
$10,000-$25,000; State & National winners
Due: December 16


KU Hixson Opportunity Award
Students who have faced personal hardship; planning to attend KU; financial need; students whose parents did not earn a 4 year degree will receive priority consideration
$5000, renewable for 4 years
Due January 4, 2023

KLL Memorial Scholarship Fund
Students who have lost at least one parent to cancer; interest in education, arts, environment, math, or science; involvement in school or community; financial need; 2 or 4 year school
$2500 renewable up to 4 years; $8000 total 
Due: January 10, 2023

Profile in Courage Essay Contest
9th-12th grade students are eligible; 1000 word (max) essay over topic
Due January 13, 2023

Kansas State Department of Education of Educational Office Professionals Margaret Van Horn Scholarship
Must intend to continue education in an education or business-related program
Due: January 13, 2023

DAR Scholarships (Daughters of the American Revolution)
Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors for merit and in a variety of categories (medical &  nursing, education, etc).
Amounts vary; $2500 to $5000; some renewable
Due: January 31, 2023

University of Kansas Cleland Award
Student who has experienced discrimination, bullying, and/or violence based on the belief, real or perceived, that said students are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgender; or for students who have exhibited support for GLBT persons; must attend KU
Due: January 31, 2023

Centriq Training Technology Scholarship
Scholarship towards tuition to Centriq's four month IT Career Training program for a student wanting to pursue a career in the technology industry.
Due: January 31, 2023

Kansas Contractors Association

Students planning to study in a construction related program at a Kansas technical college, community college or 4 year college; intern with a KCA member construction company over the summer to earn an additional $1000; see link for scholarship and internship application
Due: January 31, 2023


Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation Scholarships --
Look through the list; a number of scholarships are available for a variety of areas and criteria; nursing, cancer survivors, business, culinary/dance/fashion, interpreter for the deaf, architecture & interior design, criminal justice/political science, military family member, trade school, and more

50+ scholarships for Kansas high school students; criteria vary; go to link to view scholarships and criteria; costs $5 each to apply
Due: February 1, 2023

NOTE: This is one of MANY scholarships for students attending Pittsburg State University and planning to complete a major in their Engineering Technology department. Please see the website for more opportunities.
Black and Veatch Scholars Program
Seniors admitted to PSU with major in Electronics Engineering Technology; 3.0+GPA, taken the ACT
Tuition and fees for up to 4 years! (up to $30,000)
Due: February 1

Delta Theta Chi Sorority National Scholarship 

Seniors, high GPA, financial need, planning to further your education
Due: February 1, 2023

Seven Days Make a Ripple Scholarship
Senior who takes one of the Seven Days' themes and applies them to a lasting project to start a ripple to change the world. See application for more information.
Due: February 6, 2023

Elks Legacy Awards
Seniors whose parents or grandparents are Elks members.
Due: February 6, 2023

Kansas Association of Directors of Plant Facilities (KADPF)
Seniors whose parents are employed with a school district as non-instructional, support staff (building and grounds, food service, transportation). Scholarships awarded to both college and technical college students.
Due: February 15, 2023

Kansas American Legion Scholarships
Criteria vary; see website for details & a listing of scholarship opportunities
Due February 15, 2023

*******JUNIORS ONLY*******Coolidge Scholars Program
Distinguished academic record; most rigorous course of study available to them; intellectual curiosity; interest in public policy and appreciation for Coolidge values; humility and leadership
Full ride presidential scholarship to any American university: covers tuition, room and board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study
Due: February 23, 2023-Recommendation letters & reading an autobiography are part of the application process

Olathe Health Systems Health Career Scholarship
Seniors planning to pursue a career in the healthcare field; 3.25 GPA; ACT
3 copies of application packet due to PHS Counseling office: February 24, 2023

ECKSEC Future Special Educator Scholarship
Student planning to pursue a degree in Special Education or Related Services including: special education teaching, early childhood special education, gifted education, speech therapy, occupational therapy, or physical therapy, school psychology, or other related special education services.
Includes Essay and 3 letters of reference
Due: TBD

GPACAC (Great Plains Association for College Admisson Counseling) Scholarships
GPA 3.0 and higher; various scholarships available. See website for more information.
Due: February 15, 2023

Scholarships for Military Children Program
Open to sons and daughters of active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military commissary customers; 3.0 GPA
Due: February 15

Kansas Grain and Feed Association Scholarships (KFGA)

Seniors w/excellent academic credentials, good school & community citizens, planning to attend Kansas 4 year or 2 year school
Due: February 24

Kansas Ag Retailers Association Scholarships (KARA)

Seniors or current undergraduate students enrolled in Kansas post secondary school; planning to or currently majoring in an ag related field of study; self starter, excellent academic credentials, good citizen, strong desire to continue education
Due: February 24

Foresters Competitive Scholarships
2.8 GPA, minimum 40 hours community service; particular award for applicants who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and extraordinary effort and ability to overcome adversity
Up to $8000-$11000
Local Contact: Tyler Moore 913-731-9105
Due: February 28

Evergy Scholarships
Craft Scholarship--Pursue a degree in Electric power & distribution, power plant technology, wind energy, industrial technology or other industry related degree; see website for application and more information
$3000/year; renewable for 2 years

Due: TBD

Paola Optimist Club Oratorical Contest w/scholarship opportunity
Students under 18 write and deliver a speech on the topic: TBD 2023 Local winner moves to district level with possibility to compete in regional and world championship in St. Louis for up to $22,500 in scholarships.
See the PHS Counseling Office for application and information
Due: TBD


Beauty & Wellness Professionals Scholarship
Students applying to or enrolled in cosmetology, massage therapy, esthetics, barbering, nail technology, makeup artistry, and other relevant beauty industry programs

Due:March 1, 2023

True Blue KSHSAA Scholarship
Seniors who have rostered in a KSHSAA activity and are planning to further their education at two year or four year college, university or technical school. 
Due: March 1

American Welding Society (AWS) Scholarships--National, District & Section Awards
Seniors going into a welding program or related field
Amounts vary--$2500, $1000 
Due: March 1

Kansas City Area Scholarship for Future Shockers
Seniors planning to attend Wichita State University who live in certain counties in the Kansas City area (see link for more information--Miami County students may apply)
Due: March 1

Heartland Art Guild
Senior planning to pursue a college degree or other advanced education in art or art related career. Must have a HS GPA of 3.0 or above in art courses. A portfolio of artwork is required. See application for more information.

Due: March 3, 2023

Kansas Crime Stoppers Association
Seniors planning to attend a Kansas school.
Due: March 3

Kansas Junior Golf Scholarship
Senior who has participated in high school or Kansas junior golf programs (see link for more 

$1500--Renewable for 4 years; $25,000 award for top applicant
Due: March 10, 2023

Kansas Women's Golf Association (KWGA) Memorial Scholarship
Senior  who has participated in high school or recognized junior golf program in Kansas (see link for more information).
$1500--one time award
Due: March 10, 2023

Midwest Fertilizer Scholarship

Students who are the child or grandchild of a Mid-West Fertilizer customer or a dependent of a Mid-West Fertilizer employee. May be high school seniors or current college student. Leadership, academics and educational goals will be considered.
Due: March 15

Horatio Alger Kansas Scholarship Program 
Several types of scholarship opportunities for JUNIORS AND SENIORS including Career Technical & Undergraduate

Financial need ($55K or less adjusted gross family income); involvement in school & community activities; display integrity & perseverance in overcoming adversity; 2.0 GPA; complete 4 essays (see website for topics and details)
Due Date: March 15, 2023 for National program BUT see website for state scholarships and those deadlines

Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (KACRAO) Scholarship

3.25 GPA, ACT 22
$250, renewable
Due: March 17

Kansas Masonic Foundation Student Loan & Scholarship Program
Low interest loans; repay after completion of school; does not necessarily affect other financial aid. Also available: Cynthia Ruth Russell Memorial Grants for the physically challenged, Technical College scholarship, Legacy Scholarship, etc.
Due: January 1-March 15; early application strongly encouraged

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Scholarships
Open to 9-12 grade students; patriotic art submission; see website for details
up to $10,000

Due: March 31, 2023

UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program    
Students diagnosed w/epilepsy or immediate family member and/or caregiver of a person w/epilepsy
Due: March 31

Lighthouse Guild Vision + Health Scholarships
Annual scholarship for legally blind students
Due: March 31

Kansas County Clerks and Election Officials Association (KCCEOA) Scholarship Program
Attend a Kansas college and major in Journalism, Political Science, Communications or Business; 3.0GPA+
Due: March 31

Skills USA Scholarship
Awards for Junior or Senior Skills USA members pursuing career technical goals
$300, $500, $750
Due: TBD

EEqual Scholarship Program    

Students who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity or are in extreme poverty.
up to $8000
Due: TBD


Kansas Seed Industry Association
Seniors planning to attend school in Kansas and major in: Agronomy, Ag Education, Ag Econ/Business, Ag Communications, Grain/Milling Science, Ag Technology, Ag Farm Management or Horticulture.
Due: April 1

American Legion Legacy Scholarship
Scholarship for children of post 9/11 veterans who died on active duty, or have a combined VA disability rating of 50% or greater
Amount varies
Due April 1

Miami County Family and Community Education and Community Club Council Scholarship
Seniors or college freshmen who are Miami County residents; Involvement in school and activities
Due: April 1

Nada Thoden Memorial Scholarship--Miami County Quilters Guild
Senior planning to pursue a major or career in a Family & Consumer Science related area (click HERE to see list)
Due: April 3

Kansas Financial Scholars Annual Essay Scholarship Contest
Plan to attend a Kansas technical, community or four year school; must have completed at least one of these programs during high school either in school or on your own: EverFi Financial Literacy, The Stock Market Game, Personal Finance Challenge, or Life$marts
$1000 to $3000
Due: April 3

Marais des Cygnes Chapter DAR Scholarship
Seniors w/at least a 2.0 GPA
Due: First Friday in April

Parker Rural High School Alumni Association Scholarship

Senior related to a PRHS graduate

Due: April 8

Heartland Rural Electric Line Worker Scholarship Application

Seniors planning a career as an electric line worker.
Due: April 15

Kansas City Associated Equipment Distributors (KCAED) Scholarship
2.5 GPA, pursuing associate degree or certificate in Diesel Mechanics or Heavy Equipment Repair
Due: April 28

LDI Tech Up Tool Up Scholarship & Tool Allowance Program
Seniors attending a 2 year diesel tech program; up to 100% tuition semesters 2-4; tools allowance; work commitment
Due: April 30, 2023

Construction Management Group (CMG) MIdwest Scholarship
Seniors planning to attend a trade school or college with a focus in the construction industry. 
Due: April 30, 2023

API--American Petroleum Institute Scholarships

Seniors w/parent or guardian employed in the oil or gas industry OR student enrolling in an oil or gas related major such as Engineering or Geology; GPA must be in the upper 50% of senior class; 2 year or 4 year college enrollment
$1000--RENEWABLE up to 4 years
Due: April 30, 2023

ECKAN (East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation) Scholarship
Senior's family income level must be 125% or less of poverty level guidelines
Stop by the counseling office for more information & application and/or click link above
$500 award
Application due: TBD


ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Scholarship
Seniors going into a variety of areas like: engineering, construction management, architecture/architectural engineering
$500 from the local chapter BUT go to "Society Scholarships" on the website for more scholarship opportunities
Due: May 5


Hortio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship Program

Complete HS or GED, enrolled in a 3 year or less technical degree/certificate program in Fall, attend a not for profit post secondary institution; demonstrate financial need (must be Pell Grant eligible), under the age of 30, US citizen
Due: June 15