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Ada Thoma and Melva Owens Memorial Scholarship Application

Deadline: March 31

The Ada Thoma and Melva Owens Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a USD 260 graduating senior who intends to pursue an education career and will be applied to expenses of his/her first year of education after high school at an accredited post-secondary educational institution. The student must have a high school grade point average of 3.0 or an ACT score of 21. Students who receive full scholarships to college are not eligible for this scholarship.

Braxton Kooser Memorial Scholarship Application

Deadline: February 24

The Braxton Kooser Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a Derby High School graduating senior who plans to attend Kansas State University. The student must also have a high school grade point average of 3.0 (or higher) and must have participated in Derby High School athletics.

Community Enrichment Grant Application

Deadlines: November 22 & May 15

Community Enrichment Grants are grants of up to $2,500 made to grassroots non-profits and government entities doing innovative and meaningful work that fits within the Derby Community Foundation’s mission and that enriches or responds to immediate needs within the community.. Community Enrichment Grants expand the Foundation’s support to a broad range of organizations throughout the Derby area. The Foundation awards up to $10,000 annually in two cycles per year using a competitive application process.

Decarsky Scholarship Application

Deadline: March 25

The Decarsky Foundation Scholarship will be awarded to a Derby High School graduating senior, either male or female, who has maintained a 2.75 grade point average, demonstrates a sincere affinity for entrepreneurship and a free enterprise system, and has been engaged in at least some level of gainful employment during high school. The recipient must meet performance requirements established by the DHS Selection Committee, which as a minimum shall include carrying a 12 hr semester load and maintaining a GPA of 2.75.

Decarsky Scholarship Renewal Form

Deadline: March 25

The recipient must meet performance requirements established by the DHS Selection Committee, which as a minimum shall include carrying a 12 hr semester load and maintaining a GPA of 2.75 at a Kansas Institution.

Derby Area Veterans Memorial Brick Order Form

Deadline: August 1

The Derby Area Veterans Memorial – Walk of Freedom encompasses a quarter of a mile of pedestrian/bicycle path located in Garrett Park in Derby, Kansas. The memorial includes an entryway monument, 5 stations along the path (each dedicated to a branch of the military—Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy), 5 benches, 6 lighted poles, landscaping, and 12 banners. Each station will have the capacity to hold 55 bricks which honor specific people from the Derby area who are veterans. Once a station reaches capacity for honorees, additional capacity may be added, at the discretion of the City of Derby and the Derby Community Foundation. Other additions to the Walk of Freedom may be made at the discretion of the City of Derby and the Derby Community Foundation (for example, sculptures, benches, banners, etc.).

Derby Wrestling Club Tom and Iris Faust Scholarship Application

Deadline: March 29

The Derby Wrestling Club Tom and Iris Faust Scholarship will be awarded to a Derby High School graduating senior who has participated in the sport of wrestling. The scholarship will be applied to expenses of his/her first year of education after high school at an accredited post-secondary educational institution. Selection of recipients will be made without regard to race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. The student must have a high school grade point average of 2.8 or an ACT score of 21. Students who receive full scholarships to college are not eligible for this scholarship.

Diana Unkel Memorial Music Scholarship Application

Deadline: March 25

The Diana Unkel Music Scholarship Award will be awarded to a USD 260 graduating senior who participated in music at DHS and intends to continue to participate in music after high school graduation. The scholarship is to be applied to the expenses of education after high school at an accredited post-secondary educational institution. Selection of recipients will be made without regard to race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. The student must have a high school GPA of 3.0.

Generosity Award Nomination Form

Deadline: October 1

Each year the Derby Community Foundation will recognize an individual for his/her generosity in the Derby area by awarding the Generosity Award. The award recipient will be honored at the Foundation’s annual Christmas Party and recognized at the annual gala. The Generosity Award recipient will receive a personalized prize package and the opportunity to award a $500 grant to the charity of his/her choice. To make a nomination, please complete this form and submit it to the Derby Community Foundation.

Legacy Society Statement of Intent

Deadline: Apply Anytime

When you join the Legacy Society, you create hope for us now and for those in the generations to come. The simplest form of a legacy gift is a bequest to the Derby Community Foundation in your estate plan, such as cash, stock, IRA or retirement plan assets, Savings Bonds, or real or personal property. Legacy Society members may also make planned gifts including a Charitable Remainder Trust, Charitable Lead Trust or Life Insurance policy.

Mike Burr Memorial Scholarship Application

Deadline: March 28

The Mike Burr Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a USD 260 graduating senior who participated in the Derby Senior High School music program and intends to apply the scholarship to the expenses of their first year of education after high school at an accredited post-secondary educational institution in Kansas. Selection of recipients will be made without regard to race, color, sex, religion or national origin. The student must have a high school grade point average of 3.0 or an ACT score of 21. Students who receive full scholarships to college are not eligible for this scholarship.

Multifaceted Student Scholarship Application

Deadline: March 25

This scholarship is designed to reward a student who pursued a well-rounded experience while attending Derby High School. Our family believes that a strong public education, volunteerism, and participation in extracurricular activities are critical building blocks in developing the future leaders of our community and our state. Derby Public Schools can provide many opportunities for learning both inside and outside the classroom. Students who took advantage of those opportunities are well on their way to success in the next stage of their education. Many of our family members, including Dan Stang (scholarship co-founder and retired USD 260 teacher), have had meaningful careers in public education and this is our family’s way of giving back.

Re’Ana Mekaeil Memorial Scholarship Application

Deadline: March 31

The Re’Ana Mekaeil Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award of $500 for a graduating senior from Derby High School. The only requirements are that the student be a current graduating senior at Derby High School who will be furthering their education in the fall. Preference will be given to students who are able to demonstrate through their transcript and their essay that they are going to strive to make the world a better place.

Rod and Marilyn Caret Scholarship Application

Deadline: March 31

The Rod and Marilyn Caret Scholarships will be awarded to USD 260 graduating seniors (or juniors if eligible) who intend to pursue a technical certification and will be applied to expenses of first year of education after high school at an accredited post-secondary educational institution. The student must have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 and must have held a job (no restrictions on type) during junior or senior years of high school.

Ross Hearn Vocal Music Excellence Scholarship Application

Deadline: March 25

The Ross Hearn Vocal Music Excellence Scholarship will be awarded to a USD 260 graduating senior who participated in the vocal music at Derby High School and intends to continue to participate in vocal music after high school graduation. The scholarship is to be applied to the expenses of education after high school at an accredited post-secondary educational institution. Selection of recipients will be made without regard to race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. The student must have a high school grade point average of 3.0 or an ACT score of 21.

Steve and Leanne Caret Scholarship Application

Deadline: March 31

The Steve and Leanne Caret Scholarship will be awarded to USD 260 graduating seniors (or juniors if eligible) who have demonstrated a willingness to put their best efforts forward and have shown integrity in their academic activities and community engagement. The student must have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0, must have held a job (no restrictions on type) during junior or senior years of high school, and must have participated in extracurricular activities.