Graduating Senior Scholarships

Photo of 2019 REF Scholarship recipients
  • The Graduating Senior Scholarship Packet will appear on the website February 1, 2019.

     Aspire Scholarship

    • Established in 2014 by Chris and Stacey Payne, local business developers and philanthropists.  
    • The purpose of this scholarship is to assist first generation students overcome barriers prohibiting their aspirations for a college education.  
    • Eligible applicants must demonstrate strong potential, desire, commitment and perseverance towards the successful completion of a college degree.  

    Robert Clark Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2014 by Raytown High School alumni in honor of Mr. Clark’s years of service to students as a counselor and to commemorate Mr. Clark’s 85th birthday.  
    • Mr. Clark began his career in 1956 as an Industrial Arts teacher.  As a school counselor, he had an opportunity to work with students from all four secondary schools.  
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown High School students.  

    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 female soccer players.  Two recipients, one from each high school, are selected.  

    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 who were tragically killed by domestic violence.  
    • This scholarship is provided in honor of Bianca and Joseph to empower young mothers to further their education and to realize their dreams for themselves and their children.   
    • Eligible applicants are female students with a child.

     Richard Gooden Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2009 by family and friends and colleagues in memory of Richard Gooden.  
    • Richard was an 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.  

     Chuck Harmon Industrial Technology Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 1998 by the Harmon family in memory of Mr. Harmon and his love for working with young people and helping them develop skills for career advancement.
    • Mr. Harmon taught Industrial Arts at both Raytown and Raytown South High Schools.  
    • Eligible applicants must be students wanting to enter a career field related to Industrial Technology.

     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 and 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.  
    • Clayton was a 2012 graduate of Raytown High School and a proud member of the Blue Jay baseball team who passed away tragically in 2015.  
    • Eligible applicants are Blue Jay Baseball team members who support the team and demonstrate hard work on and off the field.  

     Harry Lee Johnson III Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2004 by the family of Harry Lee Johnson in his memory.
    • Eligible applicants must be students enrolled in Herndon Career Center’s Auto Collision or Automotive Technology program.

     Jones Family Scholarship

    • Established in 2015 by R.C. and Charlene Jones, retired educators from Raytown Quality Schools, upon the passing of R.C.’s sister, Joella R. Sutton.  The Jones family wanted to create a scholarship for Raytown students in her honor.
    • 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.  
    • Coach Lathrop’s record includes four state championships and placement in the National Federation of State High School Association.
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown South High School Boys Basketball Team members a minimum of two years and 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 the first in their family to attend college.  
    • Mrs. Latta is a member of the first graduating class of Raytown South High School, the Class of 1964.  Mrs. Latta also taught Latin at Raytown South High School from 1970 to 1986.
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown South High School students.  

    Esther Grover McCall Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 2013 in memory of Esther Grover McCall by her husband, Richard McCall.  
    • Esther taught vocational home economics and served as a curriculum coordinator in Raytown Quality Schools for 35 years and served as president of local, state and national professional organizations for home economics.  
    • 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 was a graduate of Raytown South High School and passed away while attending college, working on her degree in science.  
    • 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.  
    • Sam was a 2007 Raytown High School graduate who lost his life in a tragic accident two years after graduation.  
    • Eligible applicants must be Raytown High School students who attended the school for four years.  

     Raytown Community Pride Scholarship

    • Established in 2001 by the Raytown Educational Foundation’s Executive Director, Bob Kessel.
    • In 2005, the Raytown Retired Teachers and School Support Personnel Association partnered with the Foundation to increase the number of awards.  
    • Eligible applicants must have attended Raytown Quality Schools for four years and demonstrate leadership in their schools and/or the Raytown community.  

     Raytown High School Class of 1956 Scholarship

    • Established in 1997 by Raytown High School Class of 1956 alumni to recognize that graduating 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 1986 Traditions Scholarship

    • Established in 2016 by the Raytown High School Class of 1986 alumni to commemorate their 30th class reunion.  
    • The Class of 1986 was a tight knit group and committed to spreading the good name of Raytown throughout the community, proud of where they came from and hoping to instill that in future generations of Raytown High School students.  
    • Eligible applicants must demonstrate participation in extracurricular activities or community service and Blue Jay pride.  

    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.  
    • Brandon was a fierce competitor with a great sense of humor who joined the cross country team his junior year.  He excelled in his two short seasons earning an All State honor is senior year.
    • 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 South High School Class of 1971 Legacy Scholarship

    • Established in 2016 to commemorate the 45th graduation anniversary 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.
    • The purpose of the scholarship is to help graduating seniors achieve their goals of a post-secondary education.
    • 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.
    • The first award will be presented in 2021 in honor of the class’ 50th graduation anniversary.

     Raytown Retired Teachers & School Personnel Association Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 1999 by the Raytown Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association in memory of deceased Raytown Quality Schools faculty and staff members.  
    • Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in education.  

     Raytown Rotary Club Service Above Self Scholarship

    • Established in 1997 by the Raytown Rotary Club. 
    • “Service Above Self” is based on one of Rotary’s official mottoes, tracing back to 1911, the early days of the international service organization’s founding.   
    • Eligible applicants must demonstrate school and community leadership and service, academic achievement, and financial need.

     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 men were members of the Raytown Quality Schools Board of Education and active business and community leaders.  The Robinson family gifted the land to the school district upon which Robinson Elementary School was built.
    • 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 following a battle with cancer.
    • Mr. Schneider served as Raytown Fire Protection District Assistant Chief and along with his son was a Raytown High School graduate. The scholarship provides a post-secondary educational opportunity for special services students.
    • 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.  
    • The Soule Family Foundation honors individuals who have become successful because they are willing to work hard.  
    • Eligible applicants must demonstrate a desire to help oneself through part-time employment both in high school and college.

     Star Seeker Scholarship

    • Established by the owners and employees of A Green Way Home in memory of one of its employees and former Raytown South High student, Shannon Rollins.  
    • Shannon was a tragic victim of a homicide in 2015.  He was a people person with infectious enthusiasm and a talented dancer who had just performed in a music video prior to this death.  
    • Eligible applicants are students who share Shannon’s passion for the performing arts.  

     Harold H. Vance Memorial Scholarship

    • Established in 1998 by the Raytown Sertoma Club in memory of Mr. Vance, a cherished club member.  
    • Keeping with Sertoma International’s purpose to meet the needs of communities through service, the club created this scholarship to help Raytown students meet the financial needs of a college education.  
    • Eligible applicants must demonstrate strong school and community service as well as leadership skills.  

     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.  
    • Two generations of students learned typing and other essential business skills under her watchful eyes.  Wilma was a woman of great determination and personal strength, a female pioneer in business.
    • 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 a graduate and an educator at Raytown High School.  
    • Betty came from a long line of educators.  Her father, Albert Oetting, served as Superintendent for Raytown Quality Schools.  Betty was known for touching all the lives of her students and taught physical education and health for 25 years before her retirement.
    • 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.
    • Heather fought a following a long and courageous battle with cancer.  She was a beloved social studies teacher and coach, one of those special teachers who positively touched so many lives that she will live on in others for a very long time.  
    • 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.  
    • The scholarship honors Mr. Woody’s athletic accomplishments while attending Raytown High School.  Mr. Woody was a 1945 graduate and excelled in track, basketball, and baseball. He was voted “Best Athlete” during his senior year.
    • 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.  
    • Gary was a graduate of the Raytown South High School Class of 1966, one of the first three classes to attend Raytown South High School.  He was an accomplished musician who played in local bands as well as bands in the Los Angeles area. He was known for his deep voice and gentle spirit.  
    • Eligible applicants are musicians for whom music is an integral part of their lives.