Student Scholarship Applications

Thank you for your interest in the 2022 Pittsburg USD 250 Foundation Scholarships. The 2022 scholarship form will be available soon.


The following scholarships are available to graduating Pittsburg High School seniors planning to attend a 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 24, 2021.


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 (hours 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, Feb. 24, 2021       Applications due to the PHS counselor’s office

Friday March 19, 2021               Scholarship awardees notified by mail.

TBA                                         Scholarship recipients attend required meeting and group photo



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, 2021, or you will not receive the scholarship. A deferment may be requested. Email your information to Lita Biggs.

Memorial Scholarships

Memorial scholarships are often given to students who reflect the same interests and career goals as the person being honored. Please take this into consideration when writing your essay. You can learn more about each scholarship at or ask Gina Ulbrich for information.


Altricia Misse Memorial Scholarship - $500

Preference given to students who attended George Nettels Elementary School and will be attending a public institution in Kansas (i.e. PSU, KU, KSU or community college.)


Brandon Leroy Smith Leadership Award – $250 (Tennis athlete)  $250 (Football athlete)

Preference given to students pursuing a degree in media.  Financial need considered.


Coach Bill Hanson Memorial Basketball Scholarship - $250 (Male)   $250 (Female)

Academics and leadership taken into consideration. Student should have been a participant in PHS basketball program in his/her senior year.

Derek Brumbaugh Memorial Scholarship - $500

Academics and activities taken into consideration. Student should be a participant in at least one of the following

departments:  Theater, Vocals, Photo Journalism and/or Baseball. Your essay should explain how your involvement and experiences in the above activities has better prepared you for your college career and beyond. 


Dick Webb Memorial Scholarship - $500

Grades, activities, career goals, community service and financial need will be considered.


Faye Smith Memorial Scholarship - $500

Minimum GPA 3.0. Preference given to a minority student and has an interest in English.


Greg Shaw Memorial Scholarship - $750

Awarded to a Thespian who has shown leadership during theatre productions as a performer or technician. Rather than an essay, please write a letter to the Shaw family indicating how your participation in theatre has impacted your life and your future educational plans.


Jake Steven Fincher Art Scholarship - $1000

Minimum GPA 3.0. Preference given to a current art student or one pursuing a major in an artistic field. Student should attend a post-secondary Kansas institution.


Joan E. Lewis Memorial Scholarship - $500.

Minimum GPA 3.0. Preference given to student attending PSU, and/or pursuing degree in healthcare or education. Financial need considered.


Matthew Newbery Memorial Scholarship $500

Minimum GPA 3.5.  Student should be interested in Communications or Journalism. Financial need strongly considered. Rather than an essay, please write a letter to Matt’s mother, Linda Newbery, explaining your interest in this scholarship and your future goals.


Megan Mallatt Leadership Award - $250 - $500
Academics/scholarship, leadership, character and service considered. Rather than an essay, please write a personal letter to Megan’s parents, Dr. Keith and Brenda Mallatt, explaining your interest in this scholarship and your career goals.


Messenger Family Education Scholarship - $600

Minimum GPA 3.5. Preference given to a student pursuing an education major.


Roy Davis Memorial Scholarship –  $1000
Renewable x 4 years if college GPA maintained above 3.0 and a minimum of 12 credit hr/sem taken. Minimum high school GPA 2.5. Preference given to students attending PSU or a vocational program. Consideration will be given to character, career goals (essay) and financial need. Two letters of recommendation required.


Wayne B. Yarcho Memorial Scholarship - $1000

Student must be a senior on the PHS Track/Field Team. Minimum GPA 2.5.

Also include: (1) written essay of 300 words detailing how you will use the experiences/lessons learned from being a member of the PHS track team for college and (2) three letters of recommendation.

250 Foundation Scholarships

Friends of PHS Performing Arts Scholarships

  1. Musical theatre scholarship $250– student must be active in musical productions as a performer

  2. Theater tech scholarship $250 – student must be active in technical component of theater productions

Min GPA 2.8. Student must be a member of PHS Thespian troupe.

Please include typed responses on a separate sheet of paper to the following questions:

1. Outline your involvement as a member of the Thespian Troupe including community service. Share total thespian points.

2. Please share your involvement/leadership in the musical theater or theater tech throughout your career at PHS.

3. Why do you feel you are deserving of this scholarship?

4. What values/skills did you gain from participating in the theater program that you will use after graduation?



Marilyn F Noble Education Scholarship - $500

Preference given to student who attended George Nettels Elementary School.  Student plans to attend a public institution in Kansas, preferably pursuing an elementary education major.


Pepsi Cola of Pittsburg Scholarship -  (2) $500

Grades, Community service, activities, and financial need considered.   



Student Publications Leadership Scholarship $200 - $500

Student must be involved in Student Publications. Minimum GPA 2.5

Essay: “How did your time in Student Publications shape your high school experience?”



Susan Laushman Vocal Music Scholarship - $500

Student must be active in vocal music throughout high school (3-4 years),

Participant in District and/or State Choir Enrolled in a choral ensemble for freshman year at college/university.

Submit essay, HS transcript to show academic excellence.