Graduating Senior Scholarships

  • 2022-2023 Scholarship Recipients

    Aspire Scholarship

    • Established in 2014 by Chris and Stacey Payne, local business developers and philanthropists.    
    • Eligible applicants must be first generation college students. 

     Julio Bambini Memorial Scholarship

    • Established by the Raytown Soccer Club to honor the memory of Julio Bambini. 
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown High students who have been members of the boys' or girls' varsity soccer team,  played on a Raytown Soccer Club team and/or served as a referee for the Raytown Soccer Club.

    Darren Connely Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2011 by the Raytown Soccer Club in memory of Darren Connely in honor of Mr. Connely’s leadership in the Raytown Soccer Club.  
    • Eligible applicants must be male or female soccer players.

    Empowering Young Mothers Scholarship

    • Established in 2015 by Parents As Teachers educators and friends in memory of Raytown Quality Schools’ student, Bianca Fletcher, and her infant son Joseph.     
    • Eligible applicants must be female students with a child.

     William Hart Frederick "From the Heart" Scholarship

    • Established by Bill's family and friends to honor his memory and service to students in Raytown Quality Schools.
    • Eligible applicants must be a Raytown High or South High student for 4 years.

    Richard Gooden Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2009 by family and friends and colleagues in memory of Richard Gooden, assistant principal at Raytown South High School from 1987 to 2005. 
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown South High School students and demonstrate positive school leadership and perseverance through personal adversity.  

     William Michael Hawkins Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2006 by the Hawkins family in memory of William Michael Hawkins and the two generations of Raytown High School graduates.
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown High School students pursuing a field of study in vocational education.

     Clayton James Hugill Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2016 by the family in memory of Clayton James Hugill, a 2012 graduate of Raytown High School and a proud member of the Blue Jay baseball team.
    • Eligible applicants must be Blue Jay Baseball team members who support the team and demonstrate hard work on and off the field.  

     Jones Family Scholarship

    • Established by R.C. and Charlene Jones in memory of RC's sister, Joella R. Sutton. Both RC and Charlene are retired Raytown Quality Schools educators. 
    • Eligible applicants are students who demonstrate strong academic goals and participation in extracurricular activities or community service.  

     Coach Bud and Gay Lathrop Scholarship

    • Established in 2015 by Raytown South High School’s Boys Basketball Alumni to honor Coach Lathrop and his legacy at Raytown South High School.  
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown South High School Boys Basketball Team members a minimum of two years, demonstrate good character and positive contributions to the team and Raytown South High School.  

     Virginia Coleman Latta Scholarship

    • Established in 2012 by Mrs. Virginia Coleman Latta to give back to her alma mater, to encourage students to continue their education, and to assist students who may be the first generation in their family to attend college.  
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown South High School students.  

    Esther Grover McCall Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2013 by Richard McCall in memory of his wife, Esther Grover McCall, Raytown Quality Schools home economics teacher and curriculum coordinator. 
    • Eligible applicants must be students who demonstrate an interest in Family and Consumer Science, Child Development or Culinary Arts.  

     Original Cardinals Scholarship

    • Established in 2014 to commemorate the 50th anniversaries for the first three classes to graduate from Raytown South High School – the Classes of 1964, 1965, and 1966, the “Original Cardinals.”  
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown South High School students and demonstrate positive contributions to the school through participation in extracurricular activities and/or service.  

     Susanne Orrell Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 1999 by Don and Geri Orrell in memory of their daughter, Susanne, a graduate of Raytown South High School. 
    • Eligible applicants must be female Raytown South High School students and demonstrate outstanding study in science or math.  

    Sam Phillips Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2012 by the family in memory of Sam Phillips, a 2007 Raytown High School graduate.
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown High School students who attended the school for four years.  

     Raytown Artists Association Scholarship

    • Established by the Raytown Artists Association to assist high school students interested in pursuing a career in art.
    • Eligible applicants are Raytown High and South High students who have been enrolled in Visual Arts courses.

    Raytown Arts Council Alyse Stoll Scholarship

    • Established by the Raytown Arts Council in memory of Alyse Stoll, a prominent member of the Raytown community and a driving force for the Raytown Arts Council. 
    • Eligible applicants are students who have a passion for visual or performing arts, including technical theater or set design.

     Raytown Community Pride Scholarship

    • Established in 2001 by the Raytown Educational Foundation’s Executive Director, Bob Kessel, and cooperatively funded by Raytown Retired School Personnel Association.
    • Eligible applicants must have attended Raytown Quality Schools for four years and demonstrate leadership in their schools and/or the Raytown community.  

      Raytown Community Pride Scholarship's Bob Kessel Scholar Award

    • Established by the Raytown Educational Foundation in honor of Bob Kessel, creator of the Raytown Community Pride Scholarship and volunteer Executive Director for 18 years.
    • Eligible applicants must be students who embody qualities admired in Bob, optimism, enthusiasm, humility and service.

    Raytown High School Class of 1956 Scholarship

    • Established in 1997 by the Raytown High School Class of 1956 alumni to recognize their class and to assure Raytown High School students continue to have access to post-secondary educational opportunities.  
    • Eligible applicant is the student whose class rank is number 56 after four years at Raytown High School.

     Raytown High School Class of 1961 Scholarship

    • Established in 2011 by Raytown High School Class of 1961 alumni to support Raytown High School students’ college aspirations.  
    • Eligible applicants must demonstrate good character, enthusiasm, promise, and potential.  

     Raytown High School Class of 1963 Scholarship

    • Established by the Raytown High School Class of 1963 to recognize the quality of education they received while attending Raytown High School, their Blue Jay Pride, and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their graduation.  
    • Eligible applicants must be a Raytown High School student for four years and demonstrate positive citizenship, leadership and participation in extracurricular activities or community service.  

      Raytown High School Class of 1969 Scholarship

    • Established by the Raytown High School Class of 1969 alumni during their 50th class reunion to help RHS graduates access either a college or post-secondary vocational education. 
    • Recipients must be RHS students who demonstrate good character and citizenship, and participate in extracurricular activities and/or community service. 

    Raytown High School Class of 1986 Traditions Scholarship

    • Established in 2016 by the Raytown High School Class of 1986 alumni to commemorate their 30th class reunion, and to instill a tradition of pride in school and community.  
    • Eligible applicants must demonstrate participation in extracurricular activities and/or community service.

    Raytown High School Cross Country Brandon Tatom Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 1999 by the Raytown High School Cross Country Booster Club and Cross Country Team alumni in memory of Brandon Tatom, a beloved member of the Cross Country Team.
    • Eligible applicants must be cross country team members who demonstrate great sportsmanship, build team morale, compete at the highest level, enjoy life to the fullest and, in spite of adversity, do so without the use of alcohol or drugs.  

     Raytown PTA Council Joe Herndon Memorial Scholarship

    • Established by the Raytown PTA Council in memory of Raytown Quality Schools Superintendent, Joe Herndon, to honor Dr. Herndon’s leadership and service to the school district, and to honor the national PTA’s “One Child One Voice” motto to make every child’s potential a reality. 
    • Eligible applicants are students who demonstrate potential, good citizenship and extracurricular activities and/or community service. 

     Raytown Rotary Club "Service Above Self" Scholarship

    • Established in 1997 by the Raytown Rotary Club to honor one of Rotary's official mottos, “Service Above Self.”
    • Eligible applicants must demonstrate school and community leadership and service, academic achievement, and financial need.

     Raytown South High School Class of 1971 Legacy Scholarship

    • Established in 2016 to commemorate the 45th and 50th graduation anniversaries of the class, to show appreciation for the solid foundation and quality education the students received, and to begin a legacy from their years at Raytown South High School for future generations.
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown South High School graduates who demonstrate good grades and attendance as well as participation in school activities and community service.

    J.L. Robinson Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2004 by the Robinson family in memory of two of their family members:  James Luther Robinson and James Luther Robinson Junior, both members of the Raytown Quality Schools Board of Education and active business and community leaders.  
    • Eligible applicants must demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and plan to major in business.  

     James R. Schneider Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2001 by family and friends in memory of James R. Schneider, former Raytown Fire Protection District Assistant Chief and Raytown High School graduate.
    • Eligible applicants must be or have been enrolled in special services.

    Walter A. and Charlotte Soule Family Foundation Scholarship

    • Established in 2002 in memory of Walter A. and Charlotte Soule, to honor individuals who have become successful because they are willing to work hard.  
    • Eligible applicants must demonstrate a desire to help themselves through part-time employment both in high school and college.

     Turley Twins Scholarship

    • Established by Kole and Karlee Turley, Raytown South High School graduates, to encourage and assist students interested in an engineering career. 
    • Eligible applicants are RSHS students who must demonstrate an interest in engineering through enrollment in high school engineering courses and intend to pursue a major in engineering in college.

     Harold H. Vance Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 1998 by the Raytown Sertoma Club in memory of Mr. Vance, a cherished club member, and to honor Sertoma International’s purpose to meet the needs of communities through service.
    • Eligible applicants must demonstrate strong school and community service as well as leadership skills.  

      Verlinden Family Scholarship

    • Established by members of the Verlinden family to assist Raytown Quality Schools students to access a college education.
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown High or Raytown South High students.

    Virtuoso Scholarship

    • Established in 2001 by the Raytown South High School Orchestra Boosters to assist orchestra students attend college.  
    • Eligible applicants must have been orchestra members both in middle school and high school and demonstrate strong academic performance in orchestra and other classes.  

     Wilma Wink Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2016 by Wilma’s daughters in memory of their mother and her years as a business educator and instructional coordinator in Raytown Quality Schools.  
    • Eligible applicants must be female students planning a career in business.  

     Betty Jo Wolfe Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2017 by Betty Jo’s family in memory of her years as an educator at her alma mater, Raytown High School.  
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown High School students involved in extracurricular activities and/or community service. 

    Heather Woodson Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2016 by Heather’s family, friends, and colleagues, “Woodson Warriors,” in memory of Heather, a beloved social studies teacher and coach, who positively touched many lives.
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown High School students involved in extracurricular activities and/or sports.  

     Ronald H. Woody Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2015 by Mr. Woody and his daughter, Linda Gerding, a Raytown Educational Foundation trustee, to honor Mr. Woody’s athletic accomplishments while attending Raytown High School.  
    • Eligible applicants must be male and a member of the Raytown High School Track Team for three years.  

     Gary P. Ziegenhorn Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2015 by Gary’s cousins and family members in his memory, and to honor Gary's love for music.  
    • Eligible applicants must be musicians for whom music is an integral part of their lives.