Student Scholarship Applications
Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Pittsburg USD 250 Foundation Scholarships.
The following scholarships are available to graduating Pittsburg High School seniors planning to attend a four-year college/university, a community college, or a technology program. If you are awarded a scholarship, the scholarship money will be deposited directly to an account in your name at the college you will be attending.
You may apply for multiple scholarships. (Please make copies of the application cover sheet and attach one to each application packet.)
All completed applications must be returned to the counseling office by Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
Each completed application must be stapled together and include:
Application Cover Sheet
Resume Your resume should include school and community activities and leadership roles, awards/honors received, work/volunteer experience (hrs worked per week), and college credits, if any. Please only include those activities between grades 9-12.
Essay. Your essay should reflect your plans for college/technical education, career goals, financial need, why you are interested in this specific scholarship, and how you would benefit from it. (approx. 250-400 words, 12 font, double spaced)
PHS transcript. Ask Mrs. Ulbrich to print or email you your PHS transcript. It should include your ACT score.
Letter(s) of recommendation from a teacher/PHS employee or a community member other than your family.
Additional materials if requested.
If you have questions, please contact Gina Ulbrich in the counselor’s office.
Dates to remember:
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 Applications due to the PHS counselor’s office
Monday, March 2, 2020 Scholarship awardees notified by mail.
Monday, March 9, 2020 Scholarship recipients attend a required meeting and group photo at 8:30 am
Sunday, March 15, 2020 Scholarship dinner at 5:00 pm at PHS.
If you receive a scholarship, you must submit your college ID, class schedule, and college Registrar address to the USD 250 Foundation by November 1, 2020, or you will not receive the scholarship. A deferment may be requested. Email information to Lita Biggs. Lbiggs@usd250.org.
A copy of this document is available on the www.usd250.org website (under ‘PHS’ – ‘Scholarships’)
Megan Mallatt Leadership Award
Megan attended George Nettels Elementary School and Pittsburg Middle School and was a senior at PHS at the time of her death in 2004. She was an academic scholar on the all-A honor roll. She was president of National Honor Society, vice president of Student Government and president of Spanish Club. She was pom-pon team captain, varsity captain and letter holder of the 2003 sub-state championship volleyball team. Megan was a member of the Jodi Phillips Dance Company. She had been involved in ballet, jazz and tap dance since the age of 4. This academic scholarship was established in 2004 by her parents, Keith and Brenda Mallatt, to recognize student leaders who were successful in both academic and extracurricular pursuits. The Mallatts also award a Dance Squad and Volleyball Scholarship annually.
Class of 1956 Scholarship
This Scholarship is dedicated to the classmates we have lost but have not forgotten, as well as our teachers, coaches, families and everyone else who helped us along the way. We received a wonderful education, and we have accomplished a great deal. Because of this, we decided as a group to “pay it forward” to express our thanks. With the beginning of our endowed scholarship we also hope to encourage all classes – past, present and future – to join us in this worthwhile endeavor. Go Dragons!!!!!!
Joan E. Lewis Memorial Scholarship
Joan E. Lewis was a long time and well respected elementary educator. As a 1958 graduate of Pittsburg High School and a 1962 graduate of Kansas State College of Pittsburg, her early teaching career took her from Overland Park, Kansas to George E. Nettels Elementary School and Westside Elementary School. She received her Master of Education Degree from PSU in 1986. After the death of her husband William L. Sullivan in 1984 she married Benjamin S. Lewis in 1988. They moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma where she taught at 2 elementary schools and was promoted to principal. In 1992, she returned home to the Pittsburg area as principal of Frank Layden Elementary School in Frontenac. She retired from education in 1996. Joan had an unending love to teach and that joy was shared and remembered by the thousands of lives she touched during her lifetime. After retirement she continued to endure an unending love of education and admiration toward her two sons, William and Brian, who pursued careers in the field of medicine. Thus, it would be her unequivocal wish and joy to assist PHS students to pursue a career in education or healthcare.
Class of 1943 Scholarship
The members of this close-knit class have attended PHS reunions together for over 70 years. This is a unique class because many of the male students were drafted into WWII at the age of 18 and could not finish their high school degree. They established this scholarship in 2009 at their 65th class reunion because they believe in the benefits of higher education for PHS graduates.
Scotty Sisk Memorial Scholarship
Scotty Sisk was a 1994 PHS graduate and a team captain, as well as the "Most Inspirational Player" on the 1993 PHS football team. He attended Washburn University, where he played football as well. This award is given annually to the PHS senior football player who most exemplifies the "Spirit of Dragon Football." The student is nominated by the football coaches. The Scholarship was established in 2004 by his parents, Sharon and Danny Sisk.
Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC) Engineering Scholarship
PEC has established a scholarship to support students planning to major in Engineering or Engineering Technology/Construction Sciences. Grades and community involvement and career goals are considered in determining this scholarship.
Dick Webb Memorial Scholarship
Dick Webb graduated as a proud member of the PHS Class of 1956 and began his 15 year participation in the Kansas National Guard. Dick and his wife, Kaye Lynne, both received degrees from PSU. He founded Watco Companies in 1983 with one location in DeRidder, LA, and all he had going for him was his excellent reputation and a sincere desire to make the company a success. By presenting this scholarship in his name, we encourage ALL young people NEVER to give up on your dreams – they CAN and DO come true!
Friends Helping Friends Scholarship/Dragon Mentor Scholarship
The intent of the Friends Helping Friends, formerly known as YouthFriends, is to “Make a Difference” in the life of a young person through mentoring. Because the program consists of student recipients and mentors of the same generation, this program is extremely beneficial to both groups. Dick Webb was the beneficiary of many mentors and role models and always appreciated their taking their time to help him. As an adult, he “paid it forward” through his roles as father, coach, soldier, employer and friend. He wanted all people, but especially those in need of direction, to have the best chance in life.
Donna J. Andrew Memorial Scholarship
Donna Andrew attended Lakeside Elementary School, Lakeside Junior High School, Pittsburg Senior High School graduating in 1976. She attended PSU for two years but then put her education on hold to get married and have two children. She never lost her dream to graduate from college with her degree. Working full time at Bank IV, she would go to class on her lunch hour, breaks and took night classes, eventually graduating from PSU in 1993 with a degree in Business Management. Donna worked for Midwest Minerals, Greenbush and gained her Teaching Certificate. She was employed by USD 250 at Meadowlark Elementary until the time of her death. Donna always thought her family was most important to her, however, the most rewarding job she had was teaching students at Meadowlark Elementary. The Scholarship is given in memory of her and may it help someone else find their dream.
Bess Spiva Timmons was a generous community volunteer who lived in Pittsburg with her husband, Leroy and their three children, Bob, George and Judy. Bess donated funds to Pittsburg High School to provide scholarships to deserving students for post secondary education. The student is nominated by the Counseling department.
Friends of PHS Performing Arts Scholarship
Friends of Pittsburg High School Performing Arts was established in 2008 to support the growing programs in theatre, vocal music, debate, and forensics. Membership includes parents, alumni, and community members. Funds are raised through membership dues and traditional fund raising activities. The scholarships are for students to pursue their performance and technical involvement in the arts.
Lowe’s Skateway Kaleb Konek Memorial Scholarship
Kaleb Konek, 2013 PHS graduate, was known to be a bit of a prankster, brightening the lives of those around him. His positive attitude always helped others even through the toughest of times. While a student at PHS he participated in soccer, marching band drum line and tennis. He also enjoyed karate, hunting, camping and loved helping kids skate at his job at Lowe’s Skateway. Kaleb also was a member of the Second Wind Racing Team pit crew and had become like family to Dave Lowe. It is in Kaleb’s honor that Dave Lowe and Kaleb’s parents, Randy and Nancy Konek and his brother, Kam, have established this scholarship to help other students pursue their dreams.
Adam Newbery Memorial Scholarship
Adam was a 2000 PHS graduate who participated in both football and track. He was a member of the back-to-back state runners-up teams in 2000 and 2001, before playing at Coffeyville Community College. He then went to Pittsburg State, where he was a member of the Gorillas' national runner-up team in 2004. Adam passed away on December 30, 2006 at the age of 22. The scholarship was established in 2008 by Adam's parents, John and Nancy Newbery.
Recipients are nominated by the football and track coaches.
William Clinton McQuade Scholarship
Bill McQuade, adopted son of Bill and Wilma McQuade, was a 1973 graduate of Pittsburg High School. Although he lived and worked in Joplin for 18 years, he was an ardent sports fan of the Pittsburg Dragons and could often be seen at home games, especially during football season. Following Bill’s death in an industrial accident in 2006, his many friends and family established this scholarship in his memory to benefit a PHS student involved in any sport and attending a vocational program. This scholarship is nominated by the teachers in PHS Technology Department.
Roy Davis Scholarship
Roy attended Lincoln Elementary, Central, Washington, Lakeside Junior High, and graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1953. He attended Kansas State Teachers College (PSU) but had to quit because of financial hardships. He was employed at the post office in southeast Kansas for 32 years. One of the things Roy wanted to do was to make a difference in students’ lives by helping them attend college. To that end, in 2011 he generously donated a $100,000 endowment fund to the USD 250 Foundation that will enable countless PHS students to achieve their dreams of attending college.
Wayne B. Yarcho Memorial Scholarship
Al Yarcho established this scholarship in 2010 in memory of his father, Wayne B. Yarcho. Wayne’s grandfather was the postmaster in Pittsburg in the early 1900’s. Wayne did not grow up in Pittsburg, but spent many summers here. While attending Salina HS., he was the Central Kansas Conference Mile Champion in 1934. He was the University of Nebraska 880-yard run record holder, also in 1934. At the University of Illinois he held the school record for the mile and was the key distance man on the team. After college and WWII he continued to run until he discovered race walking. He was a 6-time Ohio state race walking champion. Throughout his life he never lost his passion for track and field. He was inducted in the Dayton, Ohio Athletic Association’s Track Hall of Fame in 1988. This scholarship is given to a student on the PHS Track/Field team who shares a passion for track and the life lessons it teaches.
Shirley Messenger Educational Scholarship
Shirley L. Messenger was a beloved and respected elementary teacher. She graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1963, the same year she and her husband J.D. were married. She touched many young lives, teaching first and second grade at Eugene Field and Lakeside Elementary Schools for many years. She also worked for Head Start when her girls were young before returning to teaching and earning her Master’s Degree.
Education was always extremely important to her and she loved reading to her girls and later to her grandchildren. She would be so pleased to assist students to pursue their careers in education.