Quick Links
Skip to main contentSkip to navigation

Paola USD 368

Paola High


Ajax Loading Image



We recommend creating a new and appropriate email account to use for college/scholarship communications.

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

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

PHS Financial Aid Meeting & FAFSA  Completion Night--January 10, 2024

FAFSA Information
Apply for an FSA ID HERE

Complete the FAFSA HERE 

Looking for a more user friendly, helpful FAFSA? Try Going Merry's FAFSA Made Easier and submit your FAFSA directly from within the Going Merry platform

Scholarship and/or financial aid websites:

State of Kansas Scholarships & Grants

Greater KS City Community Foundation-many scholarships in a variety of areas!  

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

United Negro College Fund


Varsity Tutors --Monthly scholarships awarded; $200; 200-900 words; submit online; promote your entry via social media  
  Unigo/ Scholarship Experts -short essays on a variety of topics; awards up to $5000; deadlines vary; can apply as early age 13  


NEW 2022-23! Going Merry Scholarship Application Platform
1. Create an account
2. Enter information: Organizations, offices, awards, GPA, ACT, future plans, etc
3. Get matched with scholarships & apply if interested
4. Going Merry auto-populates applications with information you enter. Enter information once, use it to apply for many scholarships


  Other Scholarships with varying deadlines    

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 vary 

Deadlines vary

Kansas American Legion Scholarships

Please visit the website to see the requirements for the scholarships that are available . Amounts vary 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.  


Scholarship Eligibility Criteria Amount Due

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 $2500

September 1, 2023

Hagan Scholarship Foundation

Senior, 3.50 GPA, work requirement, financial need Amount varies--Up to $48,000

Application Opens: September 1: Due December 1, 2023

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

September 26, 2023







Scholarship Eligibility Criteria Amount Due

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 Kansas State University, 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: Oct 1  

Due: Dec 1

Kansas Buffalo Scholarship

Senior or college freshman involved in raising bison and/or planning to pursue a career in an agriculturally related field $1000

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 $28,500

Apply to WSU by Oct. 15, 2023; declared a College of Engineering major on your admissions application; complete the scholarship competition application by November 1, 2023; competition at WSU Nov. 17, 2023

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, 2023.  $60,000 and various amounts

Apply to WSU by Oct 15 2023; complete the scholarship  competition application by November 1, 2023; competition scheduled for Nov. 18, 2023

Tradition of Caring Mortuary Science Scholarship

Any high school or college student pursuing a mortuary science $3500/$500

October 17, 2023 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

October 17, 2023

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 
2023 Theme: "What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?"
Prizes & scholarships awarded at the local, district, state & national levels

October 31

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

TBD -Recommendation letters and reading an autobiography are part of the application process


Scholarship Eligibility Criteria Amount Due

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

November 1

Black and Veatch Scholars Program

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.
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)

Priority Date - November 1

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship

Local winner advances to state; state winner advances to national selection. See PHS Counseling Office for address to send application $600-$40,000

November 13, 2023

SchoolHouse Connection Scholarship

For students who have experienced homelessness within the last six years $2500

November 24, 2023

Washburn Garvey Scholarship

3.25 GPA, take Garvey Scholarship Exam; see link for details
Complete application for admission to Washburn
$500-$2000 renewable annually

Take Garvey Exam; TBD

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.

Fall 2023 TBD ; Spring 2024, 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. $1500




Scholarship Eligibility Criteria Amount Due

Hagan Scholarship Foundation

Senior, 3.75 GPA, work requirement, financial need Renewable up to 7 semesters: Amount varies--Up to $6000

December 1, 2023

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 Kansas State University, 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

December 1

Kansas Masonic Scholarships

Variety of scholarships & criteria; going to 2 year or 4 year schools; students w/disabilities, etc. $500-$5000

Apply Early: Applications Open December 1 to March 15

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

December 1

Burger King McLamore Foundation Scholarships

2.5 GPA; going to any 2 year or 4 year college or career technical school $1000-$50,000


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


Euitable Excellence Scholarship

Leadership, determination and resilience 
$10,000-$25,000; State & National winners




Scholarship Eligibility Criteria Amount Due

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

January 4

Profile in Courage Essay Contest

9th-12th grade students are eligible; 1000 word (max) essay over topic

January 12, 2024

Seven Days Kindness Scholarship

Seniors complete a kindness project that makes ripples in the community $1000

January 12

Greater KC Crime Stoppers/TIPS Hotline and the Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association Scholarship Essay Contest

Seniors of good character and with no criminal background are eligible to apply $2000

January 15

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

January 31

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 $500-$2500

January 31

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 


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 $300




Scholarship Eligibility Criteria Amount Due

Elks Legacy Awards

Seniors whose parents or grandparents are Elks members. $4000

February 5, 2024

Kansas American Legion Scholarships

Criteria vary; see website for details & a listing of scholarship opportunities $500-10,000

February 15

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

February 28

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. $5000

February 29, 2024

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


Delta Theta Chi Sorority National Scholarship 

Seniors, high GPA, financial need, planning to further your education


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. $1000


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. $3000


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


Olathe Health Systems Health Career Scholarship

Seniors planning to pursue a career in the healthcare field; 3.25 GPA; ACT $1000

3 copies of application packet due to PHS Counseling office: TBD

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.  


Scholarships for Military Children Program

Open to sons and daughters of active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military commissary customers; 3.0 GPA  $2000


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 $500-$1500


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 $500-$1500


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 -Local Contact: Tyler Moore 913-731-9105 Up to $8000-$11000


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


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. -See the PHS Counseling Office for application and information up to $22,500



Scholarship Eligibility Criteria Amount Due

GPACAC (Great Plains Association for College Admisson Counseling) Scholarships

GPA 3.0 and higher; various scholarships available. See website for more information.

March 1

American Welding Society (AWS) Scholarships--National, District & Section Awards

Seniors going into a welding program or related field Amounts vary--$2500, $1000 

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) $1000

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. $1000 March 1

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.  

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

March 31

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.  $2000


Kansas Crime Stoppers Association

Seniors planning to attend a Kansas school. $500


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


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


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. $500


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)

TBD 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


UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program    

Students diagnosed w/epilepsy or immediate family member and/or caregiver of a person w/epilepsy $5000-$10,000


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+ $500


Skills USA Scholarship

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


EEqual Scholarship Program    

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



Scholarship Eligibility Criteria Amount Due

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

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 $500

April 1

Marais des Cygnes Chapter DAR Scholarship

Seniors w/at least a 2.0 GPA $500

First Friday in April

Foley Technician Scholarship

Seniors w/2.5+ GPA and who plan to pursue a technical school or college degree and a career in diesel technology, heavy equipment or electric power generation $2000

April 15

Lighthouse Guild Vision + Health Scholarships

Annual scholarship for legally blind students  $10,000

April 15

Heartland Rural Electric Line Worker Scholarship Application

Seniors planning a career as an electric line worker. $500

April 15

Construction Management Group (CMG) Midwest Scholarship

Seniors planning to attend a trade school or college with a focus in the construction industry. $1000

April 30

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. $1000


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) $500


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


Parker Rural High School Alumni Association Scholarship
Senior related to a PRHS graduate $400 TBD

Kansas City Associated Equipment Distributors (KCAED) Scholarship

2.5 GPA, pursuing associate degree or certificate in Diesel Mechanics or Heavy Equipment Repair $1000


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 $10K+


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


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



Scholarship Eligibility Criteria Amount Due

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



Scholarship Eligibility Criteria Amount Due

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 $2500

June 15