Truman Heartland

offering scholarships

Truman Heartland Community Foundation administers more than 70 scholarships on behalf of generous donors who value higher education and want to help students achieve their educational and career aspirations.

Scholarships are available for students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and technical degrees.

Many THCF scholarship application deadlines are Feb. 1. Visit http://www.thcf.org/Grant-Scholarship-Seekers/Scholarships to apply. For questions or assistance with scholarships, please contact Rachael Cassiday Watkins, Director of Programs and Donor Services, at watkins@thcf.org or 816-912-4185.

Visit http://www.thcf.org/grants-scholarships/scholarship-funds/ to begin the application process today.

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to improving area communities by promoting and serving private giving for the public good. For more information on charitable giving, visit www.thcf.org or call THCF at 816.836.8189.


LS North students, staff

send care packages to

deployed U.S. soldiers

Lee’s Summit North High School staff and students recently reached out to U.S. Armed Forces soldiers serving overseas.

Thanks to a school-wide effort, Lee’s Summit North sent more than 80 pounds of food, toiletries and other items to the military personnel through the Adopt-a-Soldier program.

School officials worked with Lee’s Summit Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5789 to contact the soldiers.



Local students earn

degrees from Kansas

Four local students earned their degrees from the University of Kansas following the summer session,

Some graduates have participated in school and departmental recognition events. Others will choose to participate in KU’s annual Commencement ceremony, which will take place Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Local graduates included:

• Terrianne Danelle Wright, Grain Valley, Master of Science in Education.

• Jordyn Revoir, Independence, Master of Science in Education.

• Tina Marie Ellsworth, Lee's Summit, Doctorate in Education.

• Eric Russell MacRae, Lee's Summit, Certificate in Emergency Medicine.


Local students receive

degrees from Emporia St.

More than 500 students, including several from Eastern Jackson County, were candidates for degrees during winter commencement at Emporia State University on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Local graduates included:

• Patrick L. Daye of Blue Springs, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.

• Rachel Lundy of Independence, with a Master of Library Science degree with a concentration in Archives Studies.

• Jayme McClellan of Blue Springs, with a Master of Library Science degree with a concentration in Youth Services.

• Melinda Ann Neeley of Independence, with a Master of Science degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Effective Practitioner PreK-12.

• Matthew Gene Slauter of Blue Springs, with a B.S. in Business degree in Business Administration.

Dennis Mullin, vice chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, gave remarks during the ceremonies. Patrick Martin, professor of art and 2017 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor, addressed the undergraduates.


Blue Springs students

help Western Kentucky

win forensics tournament

A pair of students from Blue Springs helped the Western Kentucky University forensics team be crowned team sweepstakes champion at the largest tournament of the fall semester Nov. 4-5 in Peoria, Illinois.

The 70th Annual L.E. Norton Memorial Tournament, hosted by Bradley University, is one of the oldest collegiate forensics tournaments and has often served as a predictor of success at the national tournaments at the end of the school year.

Out of 23 possible individual championships available, WKU students won nine and took an additional six second-place finishes.

Lyric Davis, a senior from Blue Springs, finished second in duo interpretation (with Andrea Ambam) and semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Sam Moore).

Sam Moore, a senior from Blue Springs, fifth in dramatic interpretation and semifinalist in duo interpretation (with Lyric Davis).


Local students

earn degrees from

Pittsburg State

Several local students are among the approximately 500 who participated in Pittsburg State University’s fall commencement exercises on Dec. 15.

Commencement exercises were held in the Garfield Weede physical education building on the PSU campus.

Local students who earned degrees included:

• Kyle M. Brown, Blue Springs, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology.

• Ryan P. Martin, Grain Valley, Bachelor of Business Administration.

• Paul A. Newberry, Independence, Bachelor of Science in Technology.

• Jacob R. Boylan, Lee's Summit, Bachelor of Science.

• Austin James Greco, Lee's Summit, Bachelor of Science.

• Mallory Eliza Thomas, Lee's Summit, Bachelor of Business Administration.


Local students earn

scholarships from

Emporia State University

Several students from Eastern Jackson County received scholarships from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan.

Scholarship funds are helping more than 1,400 Emporia State University students from Kansas, 23 other states and 31 foreign countries realize their educational dreams during the 2017-18 academic year.

Local students and the scholarships they received are:

• Allie Barrett of Independence, Carrollyn J. Helbert and Oneida, Elizabeth Ziegler Memorial Scholarship; City of Emporia Grant and Elizabeth Hainline Scholarship.

• Samuel Derksen of Lee’s Summit, City of Emporia Grant.

• Taysean Goodwin of Blue Springs, Earl W. Sauder Student-Athlete Scholars Program Fund.

• Rebecca Parsons of Lee’s Summit, City of Emporia Grant.

For more information about financial aid and scholarships at Emporia State University, visit www.emporia.edu/finaid.


Independence student

named to President’s

list at Bob Jones U.

Seth Sanders, a senior history major from Independence, was among approximately 540 Bob Jones University students named to the Fall 2017 President's List at the school in Greenville, South Carolina.

The President's List recognizes students who earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester.


Blue Springs students

named to dean’s list

at Belmont University

Malena Marcase and Liberty Smith of Blue Springs achieved dean's list honors at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, for the fall 2017 semester.

Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Approximately 35 percent of Belmont's 8,080 students qualified for the fall 2017 dean's list.

– Compiled by Karl Zinke