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.



A copy of this document is available on the website (under ‘PHS’ – ‘Scholarships’)

Memorial Scholarships

USD 250 Foundation Medallion Scholarships $750 - $1250

The USD 250 Foundation has recognized the accomplishments and efforts of our young people in Pittsburg Community Schools by awarding post-secondary education scholarships totaling $333,030 since 2005. This year the USD 250 Foundation provided $25,000 in academic scholarships to 29 students based on their grades, activities, ACT scores and career goals. It is through the contributions from individuals and companies that these scholarships are made possible.



Class of 1943 Scholarship—$1,000

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.



Class of 1956 Scholarship—$500

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!!!!!! 



Class of 1967 Scholarship—$500

The Class of 1967 is celebrating its 50th reunion by establishing a permanent scholarship. This scholarship is the class’s way of rewarding PHS students who would like to continue their education. The success of the Class of 1967 is the direct result of its high school years.  This is its way of saying "thanks for the



Class of 1968 Scholarship—$500

At our 50th class reunion, the Class of 1968 decided that we wanted to give back to the school system that gave us the great education and created a starting point for the rest of our lives.  At that reunion in

September 2018 we began to establish a scholarship fund with the USD 250 Foundation.  Thanks to the generosity of many of our classmates we are proud to be able to make our first of many scholarships to

deserving PHS seniors.  The Great Class of 1968 cares.



Class of 1974 Scholarship




Adam Newbery Memorial Scholarship—$250

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.



Altricia Misse Memorial Scholarship—$500

Altricia Misse taught 1st grade and was a reading specialist for over 35 years. She spent the majority of her career in the same classroom at George Nettels Elementary. She took great pride in teaching first graders how to read, and she brought community members into her room to help lead reading groups. A free public education was very important to her and she wanted to provide the best possible education for each of her  students. Hopefully, the ability to read would create the foundation for a successful academic career. The scholarship was established to recognize and assist students who had spent a great deal of time in the Pittsburg public school system and would allow them to continue that education at a public institution.


Babs and Susie Tims Scholarship—$500

Babs and Susie Tims are sisters, and outstanding educators, who have spent their entire teaching careers at Lakeside Elementary School. They take great pride in being educated in USD 250: both attended Lincoln

Elementary, Roosevelt Jr High and graduated from Pittsburg High School. They continued their education at Pittsburg State University, both earning a BS Ed and MS Ed. Both Babs and Susie have been recognized as Kansas Master Teachers. They feel blessed and honored to touch the future each day through their students and take great pride in the success of those students. They consider it a privilege and an honor to support a young adult continuing his/her education through this scholarship.


Brandon Leroy Smith Leadership Award—$250
Brandon Smith graduated from PHS in 2012, a 4.0 honor roll student.  He was 2012 Class President, member of the National Honor Society, and was the Yearbook and Booster Redux photographer. Brandon was the 2011 SEK Tennis Doubles Champion and 2012 SEK Tennis Singles Champion. He played Center/DE and was a team captain of the Pittsburg Dragons football team. Brandon attended the University of Kansas for 2 years to follow his passion for photojournalism. He later transferred to PSU to pursue a degree in Construction Management. He tragically passed away on December 25, 2016, in a car accident. Brandon will long be remembered for his generous spirit, quest for adventure, and love of family and friends. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding tennis athlete and football athlete, with preference to a student interested in media.


Coach Bill Hanson Memorial Scholarship—$250

 This scholarship was established in 2017 to recognize students who have participated in basketball at     Pittsburg High School. Coach Bill Hanson’s passion in life was his love for basketball. As the girls’ and boys’ basketball coach at Pittsburg Community Middle School, he developed many young kids into better basketball players. Besides improving their basketball skills, he tried to teach every kid to become a better person and feel good about themselves. Coach Hanson is best remembered by always telling his players “Wake up in the morning, go out in the world and make life better because you are there.”



Don Barnes Memorial Vocational Scholarship - $870 

Don Barnes worked for Pittsburg Community Schools as the supervisor of operations and transportation for 34 years. He was a gifted woodworker, welder, electrician and was known to be able to fix any automotive that passed through his garage. He passed away in December 2019 at the age of 102. The Don Barnes Vocational Scholarship ($870) will be awarded to a senior who is pursuing vocational education after graduation (Welding, Construction Trades, HVAC or Masonry) or attending a 2 or 4-year program in Automotive Technology



Derek Brumbaugh Memorial Scholarship—$500

This scholarship was established in 2016 in memory of Derek Curtis Brumbaugh who was a senior at Pittsburg High School at the time of his death. Derek excelled in academics, photojournalism, performing arts and athletics. This scholarship is given to a student who participated in at least one of the following activities that Derek loved being involved in Photo Journalism, Theater, Vocal Music and Baseball. He was a member of the PHS Theater Department, performing in eight shows. As a member of the PHS Vocal Music Department, he sang in both Encore and Multigenerational Choir for four years. Derek was a pitcher on the Dragon Baseball Team for three years. As a member of the PHS Journalism Department, he was awarded third place in the National

Scholastic Press Association’s Photo of the Year contest in 2015, as well as first place in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association’s Sports Photography contest in 2016.



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 on your dreams – they CAN and DO come true!


Dragon Mentor Scholarship—$50

The intent of the Friends Helping Friends Program is to “Make a Difference” in the life of a young person through mentoring. Dick Webb was the beneficiary of many mentors and role models and always appreciated their taking their time to help him. He wanted all people, but especially those in need of direction, to have the best chance in life. The Webb family presents this scholarship each year to select high school seniors who have participated in the Friends Helping Friends program, also known as the Dragon Mentor Program at the high school.


Jake Steven Fincher Memorial Art Scholarship—$1,000

Jake was born, raised, and educated in Pittsburg, KS completing a Master in Ceramics from Pittsburg State in 2009.  Jake was an artist. And a good one. Jake was a friend, a husband, a father, a son, brother, teacher, coach, musician. Jake was a nature-lover, hiker, dancer, hat-wearer, pet-owner, bike- rider, piano player, singer, songwriter.  He had a great smile. A great voice when he sang. Jake was spiritual. His light did shine. He was often described as charismatic, talented, photogenic. Although we will never completely know why he left us, we will remember him. The image of his smile, the sound of his voice, and the feeling of love he shared with all of us along the way.  In his last position as activities director of the Baldwin, KS Care Center, he shared his infectious smile and love of life with the residents, daily sharing art and music with them and making every day a truly ARTRAGIOUS experience for them.  This scholarship has been established by Verna Lou and Gary Smith to assist a student to further their education in an artistic field.




Joan E. Lewis Memorial Scholarship—$500

 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 two 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.      


Elliott Family Scholarship—$750

The Elliott family has been a part of the Pittsburg community for over 40 years, with two generations graduating from Pittsburg schools. Members of the family have always believed in strong academic commitment and

participation in multiple extracurricular activities. Continued support of the District and Foundation as community members has also been an important part of the family tradition. The Elliott’s hope that this scholarship will continue that legacy and help many outstanding young men and women pursue the goal of continuing their education.




Faye R. Smith Memorial Scholarship—$500

Faye R. Smith attended Pittsburg Community Schools, graduating from PHS in 1969. She attended Kansas State Teachers College (PSU), earning her B.S. and M.A.  She was employed at Pittsburg High School as an English teacher for 33 years and she enjoyed teaching Drivers Education.  Faye encouraged her students and co-workers with her optimism and outgoing personality.  Faye wanted to make a difference in all students’ lives by helping them achieve their goals.  Faye passed away on July 31, 2017. 




Fine Arts Summer Camp Scholarship—$250

Ruth Courter, 90, grew up in Beloit, Kansas in the 1930s and enjoyed singing and playing the bass clarinet. She moved to Pittsburg to be closer to her daughter and grandkids who attended PHS. She established the Fine Arts Summer Camp Scholarship to allow students who are active in band, orchestra, theatre or arts to attend a summer camp and strengthen their musical talents.



Friends of the Performing Arts—$250

Friends of the 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.




Marilyn F. Noble Education Scholarship—$500

Marilyn Noble began teaching in the Pittsburg Community School district in 1967 at Washington

Elementary School. After the closing of Washington Elementary, Mrs. Noble began teaching third grade at George Nettels, retiring in 1989.  Mrs. Noble and her husband Bill also owned American Concrete in Pittsburg, which was sold to their daughter and son in law, Jane and Dennis Crain, when they retired.  Mrs. Noble's grandson, Justin Crain, is currently President of the USD 250 Foundation.  Mrs. Noble truly loved teaching and is delighted to help make elementary education a reality for students wishing to pursue this

career path.  Mrs. Noble currently resides at Carrington Place in Pittsburg.



Megan Mallatt Leadership Award—$500 

Megan attended George Nettels Elementary School, and PCMS 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 the 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. 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.


Messenger Family Education Scholarship—$500

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.



Pepsi Cola of Pittsburg Scholarship—$500

The Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. in Pittsburg is the second oldest family-owned franchise in the state. Founded in 1919 by Louis Farabi it has been an integral part of the Pittsburg community. Caleb Farabi, Louis’s grandson, established this scholarship in 2019 to continue the support of our Pittsburg community. Each year this

the scholarship will be awarded to two deserving college-bound PHS students.



Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC) Engineering Scholarship—$500

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.



Roy Davis Scholarship—$1,000 (4 year renewable)

Roy Davis attended Pittsburg Community Schools, graduating from PHS in 1957. He attended Kansas State Teachers College (PSU) but had to quit due to financial hardships. He was employed at the post office in southeast Kansas for 32 years. Roy wanted 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 goal of attending college. Roy passed away in 2016.


Student Publications Leadership Scholarship—$250—$500

This scholarship was established in 2014 to recognize seniors who have participated in PHS Student Publications and have shown outstanding leadership qualities.


Superintendent’s Scholarship—$750

This scholarship was established in 2013.  One of the things the Superintendent, Richard Proffitt, cares deeply about is helping students become college or career ready upon graduation.  He hopes to provide these students with an opportunity to achieve their dreams.



Susan Laushman Vocal Music Scholarship—$500

The members of the Pittsburg Multigenerational Chorus established this scholarship in recognition of the talent, direction, and inspiration that Susan Laushman, PHS vocal instructor, has shared not only with her high school students but with the entire community of Pittsburg. Susan received her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from Friends University and her Master of Piano Performance from Pittsburg State University. She has been honored with numerous awards including Outstanding Music Educator of the Year.  She is delighted this scholarship will support the continued collegiate career of a PHS Vocal student.  




Timmons Scholarship—$500

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 PHS faculty.




Wayne B. Yarcho Memorial Scholarship—$1,000

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 High School, 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.




William Clinton McQuade Scholarship—$500

Bill McQuade, the 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. 

USD 250 Foundation
Pittsburg Community Schools

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Pittsburg, Kansas 66762

Phone: 620-235-3100

Fax: 620-235-3106

Jeff Elliott, President

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