KSDF Named Awards Descriptions
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR KIRKWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS OR STAFF
Woodard Family Arts Grant: In 1999, the Woodard children established a grant to honor their parents, Earl and Nancy Woodard. The Woodards have been longtime supporters of the Kirkwood School District and have a special fondness for the arts. This scholarship is offered to a KHS student or staff member in the Kirkwood School District pursuing educational opportunities in the arts or drama.
FOR KIRKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Glunt Family Award: In 2002, family and friends established the Glunt Family Award in tribute to Gordon and Virginia Glunt. The Glunts were active supporters of Kirkwood Schools, and all of their children and some of their grandchildren attended Kirkwood Schools. Their son, John, served on the Kirkwood School District Board and on the Kirkwood School District Foundation. This grant is to be awarded to KHS student(s) for an opportunity to broaden, deepen or enhance their educational experience. In addition to academic programs, opportunities may include music, art, journalism, leadership, government, foreign travel or sports. Selection is based on the merit of the program and potential benefit to the student.
Myrtle Agnew Walker Endowment for the Visual Arts: In 2014, the children of Myrtle Agnew Walker established the Myrtle Agnew Walker Endowment for the Visual Arts. When Mrs. Walker was a senior at Kirkwood High School she was offered an art scholarship to attend Northwestern University. While the scholarship paid for the tuition, the young Myrtle Agnew didn't have the funds for books, materials and room and board. For over 20 years, the Earl E. and Myrtle E. Walker Foundation has been assisting art students in the development and enhancement of their art portfolios. This endowment aims to assist students attending summer portfolio preparation camps or programs. Financial need will be taken into consideration.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR KIRKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: TWO-YEAR DEGREE
Campbell Family Scholarship for Vocational, Technical, or Skilled Trades: This award was established in 2017 by Brett and Lisa Campbell who are residents of Kirkwood and parents of three KHS graduates. This award is offered to a graduating senior in good academic standing and entering a two-year vocational, technical, or trade school. Examples of this type of school include cosmetology, culinary, dental assistant, veterinarian assistant, pharmacy technician, hotel management, floral design, software design, and trades (automotive repair, carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, welding, etc). Financial need will be taken into consideration. This is a renewable two-year award.
Potthoff Family Grant for Technical, Vocational or Skilled Trades: This award was established in 2022 by Jerry and Judy Potthoff to provide financial assistance to a graduating senior dedicated to attending a technical, vocational or trade school. Jerry and Judy are residents of Kirkwood and parents/grandparents of KHS graduates. Financial need will be taken into consideration. This is a renewable two-year award.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR KIRKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: TWO-YEAR DEGREE OR FOUR-YEAR DEGREE
Kirkwood Teachers of Color Scholarship: The scholarship was established in 2020 by Roberta McWoods and KTOC members. This scholarship is awarded to a Kirkwood High School senior who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a People Of Color (BIPOC). For the purpose of this award, the term “BIPOC” includes all Black people, Indigenous people includes ethnic groups native to the Americas, and Persons of Color includes all non-white races and ethnicities. The graduating senior must possess a 2.5 or higher GPA and plan to attend a two or four year academic institution, which can include vocational, technical, or trade schools. The applicant must also submit a short essay about “Growing Up as Black, Indigenous, or a People of Color (BIPOC)”.
The Michael Havener Scholarship: This award was established in 2022 in honor of retiring Kirkwood High School Principal, Dr. Michael Havener. Dr. Havener began his educational career in 1994 as a business education teacher at KHS and later served as KHS assistant principal from 1999 to 2007. He was then appointed as the district's assistant superintendent for finance and operations before being selected as KHS principal in 2011 and retiring in 2023. This award is offered to a graduating senior entering a two or four-year institution, who has a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above, a minimum score of 21 on the ACT, and who states a financial need.
The Jacqueline Ravenscraft Scholarship: This award was established in 2022 in honor of retiring Kirkwood High School Executive Secretary, Jacqueline Ravenscraft. Jackie worked in the Kirkwood School District for 27 years before retiring in 2023. In addition to her dedication to the school, she is an avid quilter and flower gardener who enjoys all outdoor activities, especially hiking. This award is offered to a graduating senior entering a two or four-year institution, who has a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above, a minimum score of 21 on the ACT, states a financial need and who loves the outdoors or shares any of Jackie’s aforementioned hobbies.
Phillips-Wojtow Opportunity Award: Established in 2018 to recognize and honor the outstanding contributions of Mr. Ed Phillips and Mr. Dan Wojtow, math teachers at Kirkwood High School. This award is offered to a graduating senior who has demonstrated personal and academic growth while overcoming obstacles, and who is entering a four-year higher education program, an Associate’s degree or certificate program, or a vocational, technical, or trade school. Graduating seniors with cumulative GPA's of 3.0 or below are strongly encouraged to apply.
Richard J. Stahlhuth Scholarship: This scholarship was established in 2019 by The Stahlhuth Family Foundation in memory of Richard Stahlhuth (KHS, 1968). Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and plan to attend a post-secondary educational institution. Student-athletes in football, field hockey, baseball, or women's lacrosse are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to a well-rounded athlete involved in academic and community activities and who displays leadership, initiative, and strong moral character.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR KIRKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: FOUR-YEAR DEGREE
Katie Stream Memorial Scholarship: This fund was established in 1996 in memory and honor of Katie Stream, a KHS graduate. Students will be evaluated on their ability to draw and their creative/expressive skills. They will present their present portfolio of work in media such as painting, 3-D work and printmaking to the art department committee. The application will be submitted after the student receives a referral from an art teacher. This scholarship is offered to a KHS student to pursue educational opportunities in the arts.
Russell and Ruth Kraus Memorial Art Scholarship: This fund was established in 2011 in memory of Russell and Ruth Kraus, two long-time Kirkwood residents. An exceedingly accomplished artist in multiple mediums, Russell’s experience included work with sculpture, jewelry design, stained glass and illustration. Russell’s wife, Ruth, was among the first women to graduate from the Washington University School of Law. Students will present a portfolio of their work to the art department committee. The application will be submitted after the student receives a referral from an art teacher. Financial need will be taken under consideration and the scholarship will be awarded to a KHS student(s) pursuing educational opportunities in the arts.
Criminal Justice or Social Work Majors
Mike Bales Memorial Scholarship: In 2017, Teri Bales-Nichols, widow of Mike Bales, and friends established this scholarship in memory of Mike Bales. Mike was an 18-year employee of the Kirkwood Police Department, including 9 years as a Student Resource Officer for Kirkwood High School. From 2008 - 2011 Mike was the Director of Safety and Security for the Kirkwood School District. This scholarship will be awarded to a Kirkwood High senior who served as a KHS Peer Helper, a hospice volunteer in the KHS program, and/or a student planning to pursue educational opportunities in criminal justice or social work.
Joan Dowell Memorial Scholarship: This fund was established in 2003 in memory of Joan Dowell. An active participant in the Kirkwood Community, Joan served as the President of Westchester P.T.O., was the first female President of the Kirkwood School District Board of Education, and was a founding member of the Kirkwood School District Foundation. Eligible students should be pursuing an education major, have at least a 3.0 G.P.A., and be recognized for their community service. Financial need will be taken under consideration. This is a renewable four-year award.
Dolly Jander Grant: This fund originated in 2002 to honor Dolly Jander, an elementary teacher in Kirkwood schools for 29 years. Student should have a good academic record, be pursuing an education major and be attending a state school. Student financial need will be taken under consideration.
Math, Science, Engineering, Law or Related Majors
Dylan Thomas Murphy Thornton Memorial Scholarship: This award was established in 2021 by Amaryllis (Mary) Murphy to recognize the 30th anniversary of the death of her son, Dylan, at the age of six. Mary and her husband, Dr. Thomas Kibby, are residents of Kirkwood and parents of a 2012 KHS graduate. This award is offered to a graduating senior identifying as female and entering a four-year institution with the intent of majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Preference will be given to a student that has demonstrated involvement and commitment to community service and has a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.
The Salivar Family Grant: This scholarship was established in 2011 by Dave Salivar (KHS ’67) and Gary Salivar (KHS ’70). Only KHS college-bound seniors are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Student must be pursuing a career in math, science, engineering, law or related field and be in the top 30% of the graduating class to apply.
Russell and Ruth Kraus Memorial Music Scholarship: This fund was established in 2011 in memory of Russell and Ruth Kraus, two long-time Kirkwood residents. This scholarship commemorates Russell Kraus’ accomplishments as concert violinist and was established to assist a young, aspiring musician who excels in the performance of one or more musical instruments. This scholarship can go to a wind, string, or percussion instrumentalist. Applicants should plan to major in music performance or music education. The awardee will be chosen based on his or her outstanding abilities in instrumental music. At least one letter of recommendation should be provided by instrumental music teacher, and an audition may be scheduled with the selection committee. Financial need will be taken under consideration.
Barbara Holley Memorial Scholarship for African American Students and Students with Special Needs: In 2008 the Holley brothers and their families established this scholarship to honor their mother, Barbara Holley. Barbara worked for many years as a volunteer at Kirkwood High School with Special School District students and teachers. She also worked with Club 44 in its formative years. This scholarship is offered to an African American student or a student who has received services through the SSD, ranks in the top 33% of the class, and pursuing an advanced four-year degree. Financial need will be taken under consideration. This is a renewable four-year award.
Beth Brown Memorial Scholarship: This fund was established in 1999 in memory and in honor of Beth Brown, KHS graduate. This scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing an advanced degree, who has a good academic record and actively served as a mentor and peer helper to others. Members of the Peer Helper Committee are strongly encouraged to apply.
Campbell Family Scholarship for College Bound Seniors: This award was established in 2017 by Brett and Lisa Campbell who are residents of Kirkwood, and parents of three KHS graduates. This award is offered to a graduating senior with a GPA of 3.2 or higher and is open to all majors. Financial need will be taken into consideration. This is a renewable four-year award.
David Koeneker Memorial Award: This award was established in 2002 in memory and honor of David Koeneker, a KHS student. Students must be pursuing an advanced degree, be an active volunteer for a school, charitable, civic or community organization, demonstrate strong academic effort and be an overall caring person. Financial need will be taken under consideration.
Denver Miller Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was established in 1988 by Steve Miller to honor his father, Denver Miller. Miller taught algebra and math and coached varsity basketball and varsity baseball at KHS for 43 years. Students must be pursuing an advanced degree and be a top math scholar and a top athlete. Students on the varsity basketball, baseball, or softball teams are strongly encouraged to apply.
Evan Dalgaard Memorial Scholarship for Young Leaders: This scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Evan Dalgaard, a 2007 graduate of Kirkwood High School. Evan was a quiet leader, a fierce friend and gifted with an unquenchable spirit. He was devoted to family, church, school and to youth service at the community, state and national levels. This scholarship is offered to a student exhibiting a strong commitment to youth service and leadership, is an advocate of those less fortunate, is highly involved in extra-curricular activities, and strives to lead with humility and character.
Franklin & Tresa McCallie Award For African American Students: Friends and family established this award in honor of Franklin McCallie, former principal of Kirkwood High School, and Tresa McCallie, former Parents as Teachers Coordinator. Both Franklin and Tresa served the District for over two decades. This award is offered to a graduating African American senior with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Financial need will be taken under consideration. Education majors are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a renewable four-year award.The Grone Family ScholarshipThis award was established in 2022 by Mary Lee Grone. Mary Lee is a longtime resident of Kirkwood, a 1947 KHS graduate, and the parent of four KHS graduates. This award is offered to a graduating senior entering a four-year institution IN MISSOURI. Preference will be given to a student that has shown a commitment to community service, demonstrates a financial need, and has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Herb Jones Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was established in 2017 by the family and friends of Herb Jones. Herb was a 1951 graduate of Kirkwood High School and a lifelong leader in the Kirkwood community. Herb and his brother Dave owned and operated Messenger Printing and Publishing Company. Herb served as the Mayor of Kirkwood from 1984 to 1992 and was a charter member of the Kirkwood School District Foundation. This scholarship will be awarded to students with experience in journalism. Applicants need to have served on the Pioneer or Call staffs and plan to attend the University of Missouri. Students will be asked to send an electronic sample of their “best” journalism work and a 350-word essay on "What I would do if I am elected Mayor of Kirkwood when I am 50 years old."
Robert and Catherine Curry Scholarship for African American Students: The scholarship was established in 2018 by the four children of Robert and Catherine Curry. Robert and Catherine were long-time Kirkwood residents and life-long educators. They were both African American and the first and only of their immediate family to graduate from college. Robert was a coach for multiple sports during his teaching career. Catherine taught in the St. Louis Public Schools until retirement, and Robert spent most of his years in the Kirkwood R-7, finally retiring in 1996. However, both remained active and volunteered with the Kirkwood School District after retirement. All four of the Curry children graduated from Kirkwood High School (KHS) and later earned bachelor and post-graduate degrees. This scholarship is offered to an African American student who has a GPA of at least a 2.5, pursuing an advanced four-year degree and demonstrates a determination to succeed. Financial need will be taken into consideration. The Curry's request that at least one recommendation be written by a KHS teacher or school administrator.