Decarsky Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship Type

Application Deadline

March 31

Available Scholarships

$2,500 2-year college, $4,000 4-year college renewable

About This Scholarship

The Decarsky Foundation was a private foundation, formed in 2007 by Tomp and Vicki Decarsky, with one of its major interests being the support of our community with educational scholarships.

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.

Honoring Bonnie Sweet Walsh
Bonnie Sweet Walsh graduated from Derby High School in 1963. Later in life, Bonnie stated that she most likely would not have been financially able to pursue a post-secondary education had not a DHS counselor advised her that a scholarship could be made available at Wichita State University. After graduating from WSU with a BS Degree in Education, Bonnie pursued graduate studies at the University of Colorado, UC Berkeley, and Golden Gate University. Bonnie’s career has included many assignments in accounting, financial services, and business consulting. She is presently serving as Controller for The Stupski Foundation, a $90 million private foundation focused on transforming our public education system so that all students are prepared for college, career, and meaningful lives.

• Demonstrates a sincere affinity for entrepreneurship and free enterprise system
• Gainfully employed during high school
• Graduating from USD 260
• High School GPA of 2.75

  • Derby High School

• PDF of most recent high school transcript, titled “[Your Name] Transcript”.
• PDF of a letter of recommendation from a teacher, administrator, employer, or another adult (who is not a family member) explaining why he/she feels you are qualified to receive this scholarship. Title the document “[Your Name] Recommendation”.

• March 31: Application submission deadline.
• April: Recipients will be notified via email by the end of April.
• Mid-May: Derby Community Foundation Scholarship Reception to honor the recipient.
• June 15: Recipients must sign their scholarship agreement and provide college information. Check your email! CommunityGiving will verify that you are enrolled as a full-time student at the college. (Full-time enrollment is typically 12-16 credit hours)
• June: Inform your college that you have received the scholarship.
• September 1: Full payment will arrive at your college unless otherwise notified

Apply For This Scholarship

Complete the online application by March 31.