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The Lawrence Schools Foundation provides resources that inspire learning, enrich teaching and enhance opportunities for all students, educators, and staff in Lawrence Public Schools.

 

Whatever your WHY, when you donate to the Lawrence Schools Foundation, you support and enhance public education in Lawrence. We take pride in being a lot of things to a lot of people and we hope you will help us by donating to support your WHY!

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A Community of Support For Our Students and Our Schools

The Lawrence Schools Foundation is committed to providing financial support for the students and teachers of Lawrence Public Schools. 

Call For Inquiry

(785) 330-1941

Mail For Inquiry

jsinclai.usd497org

01. Grants

Each year the Lawrence Schools Foundation makes grant applications available to those in the school district.

(List of all grants and applications below).

02. Scholarships

Thanks to our generous community, graduating high school seniors are provided the opportunity to apply for a large number of available scholarships to help defray the cost of college.

03. Awards

Each year district teachers and staff are recognized with various awards through the Lawrence Schools Foundation. Nominations from staff, students and community are accepted for the Dedication to Education, Educator of the Year and Excellence in Teaching honors. (Awards & Nomination info below.)

04. Special Funds

There are a number of funds started by individuals or businesses to provide additional resources for extra-curricular activities or to help fund certain needs of our students.

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Programs

Grants

The Lawrence Schools Foundation now offers spring and fall grant application cycles each year. The deadline to apply for Foundation grants is

February 1st  & September 1st

McCown Gordon, LLC Teacher Grant

Helps teachers expose students to construction, engineering, or architecture, with a primary focus on the number of students impacted.

The deadline to apply for Foundation grants will be on February 1 and September 1 by 5:00 PM.

Download Application

Innovative Teaching Grants

Helps educators or groups of educators to implement innovative, unique student projects that enrich learning, critical thinking, and problem solving skills; and result in increased achievement.

The deadline to apply for Foundation grants will be on February 1 and September 1 by 5:00 PM.

Download Application

Carl Knox Staff Development Grant

Funds professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, action research, mentoring experience, or lesson study.

The deadline to apply for Foundation grants will be on February 1 and September 1 by 5:00 PM

Download Application

Music Endowment Grants

Provide music educators funds to enhance access to, enrich the quality of, and expand the educational experiences of their students.

The deadline to apply for Foundation grants will be on February 1 and September 1 by 5:00 PM.

Download Application

School Assistance Grants

Building administrators are encouraged to apply for a grant to fund a purchase, project or program for which state or federal funds are not available.

The deadline to apply for Foundation grants will be on February 1 and September 1 by 5:00 PM

Download Application

Scholarships

All local Scholarship Applications are due by Monday, February 15th, 2021. 

Students need to apply through their respective schools application process.

Lawrence High School Students: https://www.usd497.org/Page/6764

Free State High School Students: https://www.usd497.org/Page/7015

 

Aimee E. Ziegler Memorial

Description: In memory of Aimee E. Ziegler, who was a counselor at LFSHS. She was well known in Lawrence for her involvement in creating the WRAP program and her numerous coaching positions at Free State. Average or above average GPA (minimum 2.5), but not for highest achievers. Must show solid effort toward academics and demonstrate financial need.

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $1,500

Type of Criteria: Need, 2.5 GPA

Application Form: None. Must be nominated by School Counselor or Social Worker

Al and Leona Deiser Memorial

Applicants must have graduated from Billy Mills Middle School (South Middle School) and are pursuing a career in a skilled trade.  Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need.  Applicants must have been involved in school activities and plans to attend any 4-year college/university or 2-year junior college/vocational and/or technical school.

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $1,000

Application Form: LHS General Application

 

Al Woolard Memorial

Applicants must be involved in the LHS athletic program and have a minimum GPA of 2.0.  Applicants must have superior attendance in grades 10-12 and exhibit qualities of sportsmanship, leadership, effort, and desire.  This scholarship can be used at any post-secondary education institution. 

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $1,000

Application Form: LHS General Application

Arthur "Mike" Browning Memorial

Applicants must be involved in school activities and/or athletics.  Applicants must have been involved in community activities and plans to attend any four-year college/university or two-year junior college/vocational and/or technical school.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $1,000

Application Form:  LHS General Application

Barbara Burnett Scholarship

Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career in the health-related or medical field, with priority given to someone interested in becoming a dietician or nurse. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $500

Application Form: LHS General Application

Bill and Gunna Zimmerman "Motivational Award"

Applicants must have a GPA between 1.5 and 2.75 with interest in studying English, art or music at an accredited institution or the military.  Applicants must attach a nomination letter from an English, art, or music teacher, or by an administrator or counselor.

Additional Requirements: Applicants must attach a nomination letter.

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $1,000

Application Form: LHS General Application

Brian Shirk Memorial Scholarship

Description: This scholarship was started by The Shirks in memory of their son, Brian. Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.5; involvement in football and other school activities and plan to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university.

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $500

Criteria: Open to graduates meeting the criteria above

Application Form: LFSHS General Application

Bob and Pauline Johnson Scholarship

Applicants must have an IEP based on academic challenges.  Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.  Applicants must plan to attend a two-year college, vocational or technical school, or a four-year college.

Number of Scholarships:  1

Award Amount:  $1,000

Application Form:  LHS General Application

Carl Mibeck Scholarship

Applicant must identify as a LGBTQ senior with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and plan to attend a 4-year college or university. 

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $2,500

Application Form: LHS General Application

Carol J.C. Church Scholarship

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be a graduate of Billy Mills Middle School (South Middle School).  Applicants must plan to major in Education at a  4-year or 2-year college or university and demonstrate financial need. 

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $500

Application Form: LHS General Application

Central Bank of the Midwest Scholarship

Applicants must intend to pursue a degree in Business or Finance and be able to demonstrate financial need.  Applicants must plan to attend a 4-year Kansas college/university or a 2-year college/junior college/or technical school.

Number of Scholarships: 2 (1 per each high school)

Award Amount: $500                                                                 

Application Form: LHS / FSHS General Application

Chantel Anderson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Anderson’s in memory of their daughter, Chantal, a former LHS student and graduate of KU who enjoyed athletics, music and art. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and plan on attending a 4 year Kansas college or university and major in a health related field, including, but not limited to nursing, physical education, and pre-med.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Number of Scholarships: 2 (1 per each high school)

Award Amount: $500

Application Form: LHS / FSHS General Application

Chestnut Stem Scholarship

Description: Applicant must plan to major in one of the STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. Minimum GPA of 3.5, taken advanced/AP courses, involved in school activities, plan to attend four-year college/university. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Additional Requirements: Submit answers to questions located on separate page

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $1,000 per year for 4 years

Criteria: Open to graduates meeting the above criteria

Application Form: FSHS General Application

Coach Kermit D. Aldridge Scholarship

Applicants must be majoring in education.  Applicants must plan to attend the University of Kansas

Number of Scholarships:  1

Award Amount:  $500

Application Form:  LHS General Application

Dale Shillington Memorial Scholarship:

Description: The scholarship was established by Allen Moore in memory of Dale Shillington, Free State class of 2009. Shillington played soccer and golf, graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and then served in the U.S. Air Force.
Number of Scholarships: 1
Award Amount: $1,500
Criteria: Planning to serve our country, involved in athletics, minimum GPA of 2.5, involvement in school activities, involvement in community activities.
Application Form: FSHS General Application

David "Doc" Johnson Scholarship

Applicants have a minimum GPA of 2.0, demonstrate leadership qualities, and plan to attend a 4-year college/university or a 2-year college/junior college, vocational and/or technical school.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need and be involved in school, athletics and community activities.

Number of Scholarships: 2

Award Amount: $500

Application Form: LHS General Application

Del and Don Fambrough Memorial Scholarship:

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 with plans to attend any 4-year college or university.  Applicants must have outstanding achievement in English, regardless of the student’s intended major in college.  Financial need should be considered if two or more candidates have similar academic achievements. 

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $1,000

Application Form: LHS General Application

Elmore Family Scholarship

Applicants must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be involved in school and community activities and plan to attend any 2-year college/school (junior college, vocational and/or technical school or 4-year college/university to receive a 4-year degree. Must include a recommendation letter from a teacher or high school counselor. The scholarship is a four-year renewable scholarship.

Additional Requirements: Recommendation letter 

Number of Scholarships: 2

Award Amount: $5,000 per year for four years

Application Form:  LHS General Application

Erin Dayton Memorial Scholarship:

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, plan to attend a two-year college, junior college, vocational and/or technical school and demonstrate a financial need.  The award will be selected by the staff at the Lawrence College and Career Center.

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $1,000

Application Form: LHS / FSHS  General Application

Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary #309 Scholarship

Applicants must be a female student with a minimum grade-point average of 2.5, involvement in community activities and/or volunteering and plan to attend any four-year college/university or two-year college/school (junior college, vocational and/or technical school)

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $500

Application Form: LHS / FSHS General Application

Geoffrey Tyler Gaston Music Scholarship:

Description: This scholarship was started in memory of Geoffrey Tyler Gaston.
Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, must demonstrate financial need and have focused on college preparatory classes.
Number of Scholarships: 1 Award Amount: $1,000
Criteria: Merit and Need
Application Form: FSHS General Application

Haskell Award:

Applicants must be planning to attend Haskell Indian Nations University and demonstrate financial need.

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $500

Application Form: LHS / FSHS General Application

Irish Award:

Description: Applicants must be planning to attend the University of Notre Dame. Students’ test scores will be considered. Applicants must have focused on college preparatory classes, been involved in school activities and demonstrate a financial need.

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $500

Criteria: Open to any graduate meeting the criteria above

Application Form: LHS /FSHS General Application

Jason Alldredge Memorial Scholarship:

Description: Applicants must demonstrate financial need and plan to continue education in Automotive Technology at a 9 month, 2 years, or 4-year school/program.  Applicants must demonstrate a strong passion for this type of work have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and be involved in school and community activities.

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $1,000

Criteria: Automotive Technology

Application Form: LFSHS General Application

Application Form: LHS /FSHS General Application

John P. Saunders Scholarship:

Description: This scholarship was started in honor of John who was a long time teacher and coach in the Lawrence district. Applicants must have attended Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, have a m

inimum GPA of 2.5, be involved in community activities, and plan to attend a 2 or 4-year college or vo-tech school.

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $1,000

Criteria: Applicant must have attended Liberty Memorial Central Middle School

Application Form: LHS/ FSHS General Application

Karen Dale Lyerla Memorial Scholarship:

Applicants must demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue a degree in the field of education. Special preference will be given to those interested in Special Education. Applicants must plan to attend a 2-year or 4-year college/university.

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $1,000

Application Form: LHS General Application

Latino Success Scholarship:

Applicants must be of Latino ethnicity and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must plan to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or vo-tech school, preference given to applicants involved in school and/or community activities. Applicants must include answers to the Latino Success Scholarship questionnaire (located on separate page) along with their application.

Additional Requirements: Latino Success questionnaire

Number of Scholarships: 1

Award Amount: $1,000

Application Form: LHS / FSHS General Application