Carl Dudrey, a longtime education supporter, has set up a scholarship through the South Central Community Foundation.

Students seeking scholarship money have a $20,000 option through the generosity of a long time education supporter.

Carl Dudrey has established the Bonnie Dudrey Memorial Scholarship in honor of his wife who was very active in the Stafford community and served on many boards including the South Central Community Foundation board.

The SCCF process the applications and manages the $20,000 scholarship that is given to the recipient $5,000 a year.

The scholarship is available only to 2017 senior graduates in the SCCF service area that have excelled in their high school career. Applicants have to meet a strict criteria to be eligible for the scholarship, said Bekki Pribil, SCCF executive director.

Applicant requirements: Must be a senior in Barber, Comanche, Kingman, Kiowa, Pratt, Rice or Stafford Counties; will attend a community college, four-year college or four-year university in Kansas; must have at least a 3.2 GPA and an SAT/ACT score of at least 27; financial need is a consideration.

An SCCF scholarship committee determines the scholarship recipient. Besides the application requirements, other aspects of the application are also considered including class ranking, extra curricular activities in the community, community service, English and grammar skills, goals and aspirations, response to why they should receive the scholarship, Pribil said.

The committee also considers who they think has the best chance of being successful and what impact they may have in the future. The scholarship is for the cream of the crop so the criteria is very stiff, Pribil said.

The application must be filled out exactly as required. If any portion of the application is not completed correctly, the application will be disqualified.

Application requirements: Application must be typed and signed; no high school e-mail address will be accepted; leave no blanks on the application, if something is not applicable put NA; the application must be received or postmarked no later than Wednesday, March 15.

Further information is available the SCCF office at 114 West Fifth Street, Pratt, Kansas 67124, 620-672-7929.

The first Bonnie Dudrey Memorial scholarship recipient was BreAnn Anschutz of Macksville High School. Anschutz earned a 3.81 GPA for her fall semester at Kansas State University where she majors in computer science.

Besides the Dudrey scholarship, SCCF has a total of 34 scholarships available with varying requirements. Anyone interested in SCCF scholarship information can go to the web site at www.sccfks.org or call the office at 620-672-7929, said Holly Poindexter, SCCF program director/marketing manager.

With the continuing increase in the cost of an education, scholarships are important for students wanting to go to college.

Anyone wanting to establish a one time scholarship or create an endowed scholarship should contact SCCF. Memorials and legacy scholarships and other scholarship options can be created. They will manage the scholarship and set it up to meet the desires of the donor.

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