Polk Family Scholarship

Scholarship Type

Application Deadline

March 31

Available Scholarships

$7,500 4 year college renewable

About This Scholarship

The Polk Family has had five generations graduate from Derby High School and has been a part of the Derby community for over 100 years. This scholarship has been established by the Polk Family to assist deserving Derby High School graduates attend college. The Polk Family Scholarship will be awarded to USD 260 graduating seniors (or juniors, if eligible) who demonstrate financial need and meet the scholarship criteria. Selection of recipients will be made without regard to race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. The student must have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0, must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester, and must have participated in DHS extracurricular activities. To be eligible for renewal of this scholarship, recipients must have a cumulative college GPA of 2.75 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.

Recipients must annually complete a scholarship renewal form with proof of GPA (college transcript) and return by March 31 (available on Derby Community Foundation website).

  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Participated in DHS extra-curricular activities
  • Must be a full-time student (12+ credit hours) at a 4-year Kansas college or university
  • Must be applied toward fees, tuition, textbooks, and housing costs
  • Graduating from USD 260
  • High School GPA of 3.0

  • 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. Please title your file “[Your Name] Recommendation”

•  March 31: Application submission deadline.
• April: Recipient will be notified via email by the end of April.
• Mid-May: Derby Community Foundation Scholarship Reception to honor the recipient.
• June 15: Recipient must sign a 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.