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Golden Belt Community Foundation Scholarships

AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS

The 'Scholarship Application' is a single application for all available scholarships through Golden Belt Community Foundation. Click 'View Matching Scholarships' after you complete the application to see what scholarships you are eligible for. Scholarships are subject to funding. If the application process does not yield an adequate number of qualified applicants, then the scholarship advisory committees and foundation are not required to award a scholarship.

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ALL COUNTIES (BARTON, PAWNEE, RUSH, STAFFORD)

Kansas State University

Our KSU Scholarship Endowment Fund was established by alumni, both businesses and individuals, in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties who wanted to assist local students in obtaining a college education from KSU. Students who grew up in one of the above-mentioned counties and who attends or plans to attend KSU are eligible to apply for this merit based scholarship.

  • Must have attended a high school or "grown up" in Barton, Pawnee, Rush or Stafford county
  • Must attend Kansas State University
  • Must be a full time undergraduate student
  • Must have a Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • This scholarship is merit based.
  • This is a single year scholarship award. The recipient of a scholarship award may apply the following year.

Barton County

Vida M., Dorothy C., and Vivian M., Archer Scholarship

The Archer sisters have created a scholarship fund for students demonstrating financial need. The Archers wished to help students who truly are in need of financial assistance in order to further their education.

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have a financial need
  • Must be a full time undergraduate student
  • Must be a Barton County resident
  • Scholarship is not available to students attending technical schools
  • This is a single year scholarship award. The recipient of a scholarship award may apply the following year.

Ryan Joseph Bealer Memorial Scholarship

The family of Ryan Joseph Bealer has created a scholarship fund for students wishing to enter the engineering field. Ryan moved through his life with a uniquely gifted spirit. Ryan's computer and engineering abilities were exceptional in that he not only mastered the technology, he also mastered creativity. Ryan loved video games, and was selected as a "beta-tester" for Halo III. He made many movies which included his friends and classmates. Ryan selected his friends and activities carefully. Once selected as a friend, he was loyal and true. Ryan had a "short list" of extracurricular activities and community service engagements, but he was committed and gave 110% to those few; rather than expanding a lengthy list just to build a resume. Ryan was always true to his character and values, and would chose being alone rather than sacrifice for the sake of social status. Ryan loved animals and they loved him. Ryan touched lives in a deep and quiet way, and this scholarship is a way to continue to honor Ryan and promote his values.

  • Must be a Great Bend High School Senior
  • Must be male
  • Must be an engineering major
  • Must have an ACT score of 23 or above
  • Must be in the top 10% of the Class
  • Must demonstrate community service, community involvement, extra-curricular activities and work history
  • Must be a full time student at a university or community college
  • This is a one-time scholarship award.

Jerome (Jerry) Becker Memorial Scholarship

The family of Jerome 'Jerry' Becker has created a scholarship fund in his memory.

  • Must be a Great Bend High School Senior
  • Must have a financial need
  • Must be a full time student at any technical college or university in the United States
  • This is a one-time scholarship award.

Ray A. Cheely Memorial Scholarship Fund

Ray A. Cheely graduated from Great Bend High School in 1971, attended Barton Community College and graduated with an accounting degree in 1975 from Fort Hays University. He went on to become a Certified Public Accountant. His business, Ray A. Cheely, Chartered specialized in small business accounting and consulting as well as personal accounting and tax returns. He began work in the accounting firm in his junior year of high school and continued until his death in 2009.

  • Must be a Great Bend High School Graduate (high school senior, current college student, and graduate level student)
  • Must attend Barton Community College or Fort Hays State University
  • Must be majoring in business or accounting
  • Must have a financial need
  • This is a single year scholarship award. The recipient of a scholarship award may apply the following year.

Cinco de Mayo Barton County Scholarship

  • Must be a Great Bend High School Senior
  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • Must have a financial need
  • Must be a full time student
  • Preference to those involved with Great Bend or Barton County Cinco de Mayo
  • This is a one-time scholarship award.

Ryan Hugh Dunlap Memorial Scholarship

The family of Ryan Hugh Dunlap has created a scholarship fund for students wishing to enter the fields of education and/or sports medicine. As a graduate of Great Bend High School, Barton Community College, and Southwestern College, Ryan was tirelessly dedicated to his students and athletes. His lifework was as an athletic trainer and physical education teacher. He took pride in the camaraderie of team sports and watching his student's succeed. With this scholarship, future students will be able to further their education in a similar field.

  • Must be a Great Bend High School Senior
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have a financial need
  • Must attend Barton Community College
  • Must be majoring in education and or sports medicine
  • Must be a full time student
  • This is a one-time scholarship award.

Ralph and Elinor Haneke Memorial Scholarship

  • Must be a student of a single parent household
  • Preference to those who have a financial need
  • Preference to Great Bend High School graduates
  • Preference to education majors
  • This scholarship may be renewed up to 3 times for a total of four years. Applicants seeking renewal must provide a current transcript, list of activities/community service, and an essay demonstrating continued interest.

Allan V. Miller Family Scholarship Fund

  • Must be a graduate from Great Bend High School or Ellinwood High School
  • Must be an agriculture major
  • Must be a current or past FFA or 4-H member (must be addressed in activity section of application)
  • Preference given to students attending Kansas colleges
  • This is a single year scholarship award. The recipient of a scholarship award may apply the following year.

The Mingenback Family Scholarship

The Mingenback family has created a scholarship fund for aspiring health practitioners, which encourages personal and professional commitment to the community.

"Dr. John," as he was known to his many patients, embodied the characteristics of servant leadership. Always dedicated to the patient's understanding of dental health and preventative care, Dr. John's philosophy was one of serving his patients. Through 47 years of practice, he often knew three-to-four generations within a family who chose him for their dentist. This was the ultimate compliment to Dr John - and due to his ability to know his patients as friends - his family and community benefited.

Dr. Mingenback loved his patients, took an interest in their lives, eased their pain and followed Golden Rule throughout his career in the Golden Belt.

  • Must be from Barton County
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must be majoring in the health/medical related field
  • Must be a full time student
  • Preference given to student attending a school in Kansas
  • This is a single year scholarship award. The recipient of a scholarship award may apply the following year.

Kevin Popp Memorial Scholarship

The family of Kevin Popp has created a scholarship fund in his memory.

  • Must be a sophomore at Barton Community College, Pratt Community College, or Dodge City Community College who will be transferring to Fort Hays State University or currently attending Fort Hays State University.
  • Must have attended Park Elementary School or be a current or past member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hoisington
  • Must be majoring in education
  • Must have a minimum GPI of 3.0
  • Must have a financial need
  • This scholarship is renewable for one year, provided that a 3.0 GPA is maintained and the student's major remain education

Robert William Shewbart Park School Memorial Scholarship

The family of Robert William Shewbart has created a scholarship fund in his memory. Robert was a care provider for Rosewood Services, Inc. He was a lifetime Great Bend resident and attended the First Christian Church.  He was active in Great Bend Panther football, track and field, and was videographer for the boys basketball team. He loved working with children and passing on life experiences. Robert was an organ and tissue donor. This heroic act has given many a second chance at life.

  • Must be a Great Bend High School Senior
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Must have a financial need
  • Must be a full time student
  • Preference given to students who have attended Park Elementary School, in Great Bend
  • Special consideration to students in sports or receiving special services
  • This is a single year scholarship award. The recipient of a scholarship award may apply the following year.

Paul J. Urban Memorial Scholarship

Paul J. Urban has created a scholarship fund for Great Bend seniors. Paul graduated from Fort Hays State University and received his master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He was also a graduate of the Command and General Staff College of Fort Leavenworth. He taught at St. Joseph's Military Academy and later started teaching at Great Bend High School. He taught mathematics for 20 years at GBHS. He served during World War II and was in the active Army and Reserve for 33 years and retired as a colonel.

  • Must be a Great Bend High School Senior
  • Must have financial need
  • Must be a full time student
  • This is a single year scholarship award. The recipient of a scholarship award may apply the following year.

PAWNEE COUNTY

Bob and Rosalee Roth Family Scholarship

  • Must be a Pawnee County high school senior
  • Must attend the University of Kansas
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must be a full time student
  • Must have a financial need
  • This is a single year scholarship award. The recipient of a scholarship award may apply the following year.

Awards are to be applied to direct college expenses, such as tuition, books, and fees.  The recipient is responsible for any tax liability incurred as a result of this award.  Monies received for tuition, fees, and books may not incur tax liability while monies applied to room and board may be considered taxable income.  The GBCF will not provide tax information to the student or the Internal Revenue Service and the student is fully responsible for all tax reports.

A student who withdraws from school for any reason will be expected to notify the GBCF of his or her status and refund to the GBCF any unused, refundable portion of the scholarship.