The SSDF 2019 Scholarship Application will be available by October 1, 2018. Smith-Cotton and Whittier Alternative High School 2019 graduates are welcome to review the 2018 scholarship application in preparation for applying in 2019.
SSDF 2019 scholarship application deadline will be February 14, 2019.
At Smith-Cotton High School 2018 Senior Awards Night the Sedalia School District Foundation awarded $34,200 in 55 individual scholarships.
Sedalia School District Foundation Scholarships are open to graduating Sedalia #200 students only. Scholarships are a one-time award unless otherwise specified
Allen-Miller Family Scholarship- Smith-Cotton alumni Travis and Amanda Miller started the Allen-Miller Family Scholarship with the hopes of giving back to individuals that need the assistance the most. Their hope is that one day someone they helped will be in the position to do the same, and also give back to the next generation of Smith-Cotton Tigers. This scholarship is renewable and is open to students pursuing any degree and with any GPA. Applicants must show financial need, have been actively involved at Smith-Cotton, and actively involved in the community, which can consist of an after school job.
Alumni Scholarship applicants must be the child or grandchild of a Smith-Cotton graduate and must include alumni’s name and graduation year on application form.
Joe Arbisi Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of coach and educator Joe Arbisi who led the Bandits swim team for 24 years. Candidates must have been on the Smith-Cotton High School swim team for a minimum of one year. Preference will be given to candidates that plan to be on the swim team in college and received swim lessons from Coach Arbisi.
Bill G. Arnold Athletic Scholarship honors a 1950 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School. Bill was a pitcher for the Smith-Cotton High School baseball team and the quarterback for the football team all four years of high school. Scholarship applicants must have participated in high school sports, have a minimum of a “C” average, and provide a letter of recommendation from their coach.
Allen Bess Instrumental Music Scholarship was established in 2017 through gifts from the estate of Smith-Cotton Class of 1947 graduate Allen Bess. This scholarship is open to a student pursuing a degree in instrumental music. Applicants must graduate in the top 50% of their class, be actively involved in instrumental music groups in the community, have been actively involved in orchestra, marching band, concert band, pep band, or jazz band at Smith-Cotton High School. Students with financial need will be given priority.
Morris K. Byrum Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Smith-Cotton High School principal Morris K. Byrum. The scholarship is open to students pursuing any degree and with any GPA. This scholarship is available to help students with financial assistance in receiving a post-secondary education either at a college or trade school.
Gerald O. and Helen E. Cecil Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Gerald O. Cecil and his wife Helen. Gerald O. Cecil was one of the founders of the Sedalia Noon Day Optimist Club and a distinguished past president. Candidates must be college bound seniors attending any accredited university who are graduating in the top 50% of their senior class, have demonstrated respect and appreciation of Sedalia through community service and shows interest in local, state, and national issues, demonstrated respect for all members of their class and teachers, participated in public speaking or oratorical events, participated in high school activities or groups, and demonstrated a positive, optimistic, can-do attitude ideally in spite of adversity or challenge. Students with financial need will be given priority. Applicants must write essay referencing the Optimist Creed.
Cedar Hill Scholarship was established by alumni from Smith-Cotton High School class of 1971. It is open to college bound Smith-Cotton seniors graduating in the top 50% of their class who have demonstrated their respect and appreciation of Sedalia through participation in a civic organization or other community service. Candidates must also have participated in diverse high school activities or groups and demonstrated respect for all members of their class and teachers.
Cordry Family Scholarship has been established to honor Charlotte Cordry and her life-long professional dedication to ensuring that students with disabilities reach their full potential. This scholarship will be available to students who received special education services and can be used to support them in any post-secondary program, including college, trade or technical school or other vocational program that leads to gainful employment.
Coach Ross Dey Baseball Scholarship was established in memory of educator and Coach Ross Dey. It is awarded to two Smith-Cotton High School baseball players who have earned a minimum of two (2) varsity letters in baseball and intend to play collegiate ball. This scholarship is renewable on a semester-by-semester basis, excluding summer, with a 2.5 grade point average and the continuation of collegiate baseball play.
Jane McCurdy Dugan Memorial Scholarship is open to all applicants showing financial need and academic potential. Consideration will be given to those with special circumstances.
Frances Elizabeth Rapp Ely Scholarship is open to all applicants showing financial need pursuing any degree who were actively involved at Smith-Cotton High School and in the community.
Bill Evans/Beryl Thomas Memorial Scholarship was established due to the longtime love of music that has enriched the members of both families. The Scholarship is open to students pursuing a music degree.
Perry Conrad Fairfax Athletic-Academic Scholarship is restricted to a student attending the University of Missouri College Of Engineering. Candidates must be a SCHS football player who attended SCHS all four (4) years and who started in at least one home football game their senior year. Recipient will be selected from highest cumulative GPA from all applicants.
Franklin Family Scholarship was established to honor the dedicated teachers that taught the Franklin family at Smith-Cotton High School. The scholarship is awarded based on moral character, public service, financial need, leadership and academic excellence.
H.W. Harris Scholarship applicants must be attending the University of Missouri at Columbia. Applicants must submit an essay describing why they are applying for the H.W. Harris Scholarship and why they desire to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU). They must exhibit financial need and include in essay any special financial need circumstances. Applicants should have a strong scholastic record and ACT/SAT scores. Student should have been involved in extracurricular activities which require commitment and challenge, and student should be specific in essay in describing how they took a leadership position. Student must exhibit some consistent work-related activities which helped support the student. Student must be of high moral character and the school must be able to vouch for this.
Myron T. Herrick Memorial Scholarship was established by the children of Myron T. Herrick and is open to a graduating senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who will be attending the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
NEW in 2018--Jim & Judy Holman Scholarship was established in 2018 in memory of two ardent supporters of Smith-Cotton High School sports and activities. They loved following their kids and eleven grandchildren’s sports and activities. Judy was especially involved with show choir, dance teams, and soccer teams to the point of being known as “Grandma Judy” to the students and sewing for Smith-Cotton choirs. The scholarship is open to students pursuing any degree.
Donna & Larry Howard Memorial Scholarship honors two lives committed to family, friends, and supporting the Sedalia School District. The scholarship is awarded to one (1) male and one (1) female athlete in any sport. Applicants must show academic and leadership aptitude. A recommendation letter from high school coach must accompany applicant’s submission.
CH& Pauline Joy Scholarship is restricted to students pursuing an agriculturally related degree such as farming, pre-veterinarian science, agri-business or agri-science.
Glenn M. (Mack) and Dorothy M. (Pierce) Kell Scholarships for Music and Academics was established in honor of a husband and wife who were Smith-Cotton graduates. Mr. Kell served on the Sedalia Board of Education for 21 years and was president of that board for the majority of his tenure. Two scholarships are awarded to Smith-Cotton High School seniors. One is open to all applicants and is based on academic aptitude; the second scholarship is restricted to an applicant pursing a degree in music.
Charles A. Ledgerwood Scholarship was established in memory of life sciences teacher Charles Ledgerwood who taught at Smith-Cotton for 35 years. It is open to applicants pursuing a life science related degree such as conservation, biology, medical, etc. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required and applicants will be considered on campus and community involvement. Application includes an essay of 250 words or less to articulate goals, experiences, or motivating factors that lead to their career choice and discuss what impact they hope to achieve by pursing their chosen career.
Sharon Maggard-Mateja Memorial Scholarship honors a creative woman who loved to sketch, paint, and decorate. Mrs. Mateja loved to give hand-made gifts to friends and had a heart to volunteer. This scholarship was established by her bridge club friends and is restricted to students pursuing a degree in an art related field or who have studied and shown proficiency in the visual arts in high school.
Major Saver is a community-oriented corporation dedicated to providing a premier fundraising program that benefits schools, students, and community partners. From their proceeds of cards sales in the Sedalia School District, Major Saver awards two scholarships to Smith-Cotton High School seniors. Applicants must be students pursuing a degree in education and attending a Missouri college or university. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5.
Eva Mothersbaugh Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an applicant that shows financial need. Pursuit of a degree in the communication arts is preferred but not required.
Rob Parkhurst Memorial Scholarship was started by the children of Rob Parkhurst because their father valued education and hard work. Two scholarships are awarded and it is open to students pursing any degree. Applicants must have a minimum of 3.5 GPA and demonstrate respect and appreciation of Sedalia through civic or community service. Applicants must also be involved in SCHS activities or groups. In addition students must answer the following in essay form:
- Who in your life has been your biggest influence and why?
- From a financial standpoint, what impact would this scholarship have on your education?
- Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they related to your field of student and future goals.
Skip Schulz Say You Will Scholarship was established in memory of coach and educator Ralph “Skip” Schulz. Skip Schulz’s philosophy was “Say You Will and prove it.” In his 30 years of teaching mathematics and coaching football and baseball, he would encourage by saying, “Say you will.” The Skip Schulz Say You Will Scholarship criteria is an essay where applicants write four paragraphs explaining how they will use these words of encouragement and this scholarship to succeed in college.
Sedalia School District Foundation Scholarship is awarded by the SSDF Scholarship Committee and is open to all applicants. Applicants must show financial need and participate in the community. A complete teacher recommendation form is required. In addition students must answer the following in essay form:
Give us three (3) lessons or suggestions that you have learned from your high school experience that you would share with incoming high school students
Please note: Submissions must be typed
Mark Shelby Memorial Scholarship was founded by Mr. Shelby’s wife and children. Mr. Shelby taught Latin, English, and Mythology at Smith-Cotton High School for 27 years. He was also a Smith-Cotton and Mizzou graduate. This Scholarship is open to a deserving student attending the University of Missouri with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA.
Seth Wagenknecht Memorial Scholarship remembers Seth who attended Broadway and Mark Twain Elementary Schools in Sedalia and was a 1973 graduate of Smith-Cotton. This scholarship is open to college bound seniors attending any accredited university and graduating in the top 50% of their senior class. Applicants must demonstrate respect and appreciation of Sedalia through civic or community service. Applicants must also participate in diverse high school activities or groups and demonstrate respect for all members of their class and teachers.
Joan Walker Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of a respected educator at Smith-Cotton High School. The scholarship is restricted to students pursuing a secondary education degree with emphasis in English and intent on becoming a high school English teacher.