*****2014 Scholarship Packets will be handed out at the Kingman Rodeo and will be due back by May 5th and handed in to the rodeo office (Suzan Adams). Please make sure that all documents are enclosed flat in a 9 x 12 envelope*****
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~ National Awards ~
Teskey’s Top Hand Award
This is a scholarship presented to a senior recognized for their All Around performance both inside and outside of the rodeo arena.
~ Skyler Hively Memorial Scholarship ~
The Skyler Hively Memorial Scholarship is established to help fund the education of KHSRA members and equine enthusiasts. Skyler, a four year member of KHSRA, loved horses and team roping! He was an avid horseman, and roped as both a header and heeler. His dream was to rope professionally. Skyler attended Coffeyville Community College on a full rodeo scholarship as a team roper. He was successful as a heeler in college, the USRTC and the IRA rodeo association. He competed at the USTRC World Finals twice and was named Rookie of the Year Team Roper in the IRA in 2010. Sadly, Skyler lost his life in an automobile accident on July 24, 2011, just three miles from his home. He is loved and missed, but remembered as the man he was, a true Cowboy.
~Kim Jennings Memorial Scholarship~
The Kim Jennings Memorial Scholarship will be funded by money earned from an annual silent auction at the Lakin High School Rodeo. Kim passed away on January 20, 2012 at the age of 56 after a battle with cancer. She worked as a coach and secretary for the Lakin School District and was also involved in mission support. Kim was married to Deke Jennings and together they operated the J-J Rodeo Company. The KHSRA is proud to establish this scholarship in memory of Kim and in honor of the Jennings family, longtime supporters of high school rodeo.
~ Jake and Chance Ramsey Memorial Saddles ~
In May of 2009 Jake Ramsey passed away from health challenges; only two weeks after Chance Ramsey tragically lost his life in a pasture accident. Like his son Chance; Jake loved pasture work as well as competing in the rodeo arena. Jake went to open rodeos for several years. He was a rancher at heart. He enjoyed working as a pickup man for Steve Kraft and Floyd Rumford. Jake attended every high school rodeo of Chances that his health allowed. Jake thoroughly enjoyed watching the youth of high school rodeo compete. After the untimley passing of this father and son; close friends established a annual barrel race and team roping in their memory. In honor of Jake and Chance Ramsey 2 saddles are awarded at the Kansas High School Rodeo Finals each year. One to a HS Senior boy and one to a girl.
-- The Jake and Chance Ramsey Memorial committee selects the recipients after reviewing the NHSRA applications, paragraph and transcript of each applicant.
~ Chance Ramsey Memorial Scholarship ~
In May of 2009, Chance Ramsey tragically lost his life in a pasture accident. He died doing what he loved best, being on the back of a horse. He loved pasture work as well as competing in the arena. However, high school rodeo was his very first love. He and his dad or grandpa attended every high school rodeo during his high school years. He had a winning smile and a handshake for everyone he met. He was always willing to help his fellow contestants or the young kids just getting started in rodeo. Thanks to all of Chance’s family and friends, we will be able to honor his name by presenting a $500 college scholarship.
-- The family selects the recipient after reviewing the NHSRA application, paragraph and transcript of each applicant.
~ Denton Shepherd Memorial Scholarship ~
The early morning hours of May 18th, 2009 is a time many rodeo families will never forget. 19 year old Denton Shepherd lost his life in a tragic automobile accident. Because of the loss of his mother at an early age, the bond between Denton, his father, Dwight, his brother, Dallas, and the KHSRA families was very strong. Denton competed in cutting, calf roping, and team roping. He represented Kansas at Nationals three years; twice in team roping and once in cutting. Denton made many close friends through high school rodeo. He knew he could go to almost any trailer and be treated like one of the family. Along with rodeo, Denton was also very active in basketball and football. He was named to All State football in 2008. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting in his spare time. So many KHSRA families “adopted” him and considered him family. His friends will remember his outgoing personality and sense of humor. Though we all hold wonderful memories of Denton in our hearts, he will be greatly missed by his rodeo family.
A separate application is included with the scholarship packet.
~ Robert “Bigun” Bewley Memorial Scholarship ~
Robert “Bigun” Bewley was a great proponent of high school rodeo. An Arkansas native, Robert made his first trip to Topeka, KS as an adult sponsor for the Arkansas High School rodeo national finalists. After moving to Kansas in 1989, Robert served for several years as a cutting horse judge at the Kansas High School Rodeo Finals. Most recently, Robert hauled his grandson and other Kansas High School Rodeo members to rodeo events and practices. Robert shared his interest in horses unconditionally.
A separate application is included with the scholarship packet.
~ Kansas Ethanol, LLC~
Kansas Ethanol, LLC is proud to sponsor a scholarship through the KHSRA. The agriculture industry of Kansas is an integral part of operations at Kansas Ethanol, LLC. Through this scholarship, Kansas Ethanol, LLC will support a Kansas student in the biofuels and agri-business fields of study.
~ Marcella Patterson Scholarship ~
In honor of the many years of service that Marcella Patterson has given to the KHSRA as a points keeper, a scholarship is awarded in her name. Marcella’s commitment and expertise with rodeo was invaluable to the Kansas High School Rodeo Association. She gave 26 years of service with 19 of those years being our official points keeper. She continues to attend the Kansas High School Rodeos and support the kids. Many generations of Kansas High School Rodeo Members are appreciative of her volunteer work over the years.
The recipient is selected by the judges
~ Floyd Rumford/KHSRA State Finals Scholarship ~
In 1951, while lying in a hospital bed, Floyd Rumford produced his first rodeo. Floyd was recuperating from a life threatening and career ending injury. A tractor rolled over on him and with that, his dreams of becoming a champion rodeo cowboy vanished. But with his love and desire for the sport of rodeo, Floyd was able to stay involved in rodeo by raising bucking horses and bulls and producing rodeos. Floyd Rumford was a rodeo Stock Contractor for over 50 years, fulfilling his dream of becoming a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and providing livestock for the National Finals Rodeo. Floyd always enjoyed helping cowboys and cowgirls and with this scholarship we hope that we are also helping aspiring rodeo cowboys and cowgirls attain their dreams. It is with great pleasure that the Rumford Family present two, $250 scholarships to a KHSRA graduating seniors in Floyd’s name. Floyd had a love and passion for Kansas High School Rodeo and would be proud of how far this organization has come in the last 56 years. We hope with this scholarship we are able to play a small part in helping young rodeo athletes attain their hopes and dreams.
T The recipient of the scholarship will be selected by the family from a group that will be selected by the judges.
~ Gloria Mae Baugher Ward Memorial Scholarship ~
In 1959, Gloria Baugher Ward loaded up her little palomino horse, Honey, an orphaned twin, onto the back of a grain truck for the multi-day trip to Lewiston, MT for the Tenth National High School Finals Rodeo. The long haul paid off. The duo won the Pole Bending, making Gloria the first girl from the state of Kansas to earn a National High School Rodeo Championship. Gloria and Honey also competed in barrel racing and break-away roping, representing the state at the National High School Finals Rodeos in Sulphur, Louisiana and Hot Springs, South Dakota. Gloria and her husband, Russell, also a KSHSRA alumni and NHSFR qualifier, continued to compete in regional rodeos for many years. Their daughter, Bobbie reigned as Miss Rodeo Kansas 1991. Despite graduating as salutatorian from Lecompton Rural High School, there was no money available for Gloria to pursue her dream of obtaining a degree in education. Gloria's family, daughter Bobbie, her husband Mark and son Alan, along with numerous other family and friends, have established this memorial scholarship in her honor so that a deserving cowgirl can obtain her goal of a higher education. This $500 scholarship will be presented to a senior girl participating in Pole Bending at the State Finals Rodeo, one who has demonstrated a passion for horses, a love for the sport of rodeo, and who exemplifies the cowgirl spirit. This year's scholarship is awarded in partnership with Wolff Automotive in Baldwin City in acknowledgment of their donation.
The recipient will be selected by the judges.
~ Floyd Kirby Memorial Scholarship ~
Jim & Jennifer Kirby along with their children & families have given these scholarships in honor of 'Grandpa' since 2005. Floyd was a WWII Veteran and cowboy. He was an avid team roper and founding member of the Dodge City Roundup PRCA Rodeo. Floyd had a soft spot in his heart for Kansas High School Rodeo as he had a grandson and several granddaughters who competed in several events. In his later years he enjoyed hauling to the rodeos with his grandson, Jesse. In Floyd's honor we celebrate with these scholarships the many parents and grandparents who encourage the strong rodeo traditions maintained by Kansas High School Rodeo.
The recipient will be selected by the family - there is no separate application for this scholarship.
~ Edgar “Puncher” Cooper Memorial ~
The first contestant in the National High School Rodeo competition died January 27, 2006. Edgar “Puncher” Cooper (1931-2006) was born in Saffordville, KS, served four years in the Navy, and lived the remaining 50 years on a farm north of Saffordville. His father, Elmer Cooper, was a cowboy and Puncher became skilled with horses at a very young age, thereby receiving the nickname that stuck with him the rest of his life. In 1949, he traveled by bus to the high school rodeo in Halletsville, TX, and competed as a saddle bronc rider, winning 2nd place, and competing in several other events. He competed the following year in Santa Rosa, NM, also placing 2nd in the saddle broncs. In 1949, he won the Amateur Saddle Bronc contest at the Flint Hills Rodeo in Strong City, KS. Puncher was a member of the AQHA for more than 50 years and was a breeder of performance quarter horses. He and his family held an annual production sale with two other breeders for 25 years and it is still running. Several children and grandchildren competed in local rodeos and two granddaughters were members of the KHSRA. His wife, Jeannine, and their five children and families are designating his memorial monies to be used to help with expenses for a Kansas youth to compete nationally.
The recipient will be selected by the family and it does not have to be a senior.
~ Farm Credit Academic Excellence Scholarships ~
Farm Credit of Kansas, the sponsor of the KHSRA Academic Rodeo Team, continues their support with scholarship funding. Every senior member of the Academic Team will be awarded a college scholarship funded by Farm Credit. Farm Credit of Kansas serves the agriculture industry across the state. They are proud to support the pursuit of academic excellence among our high school rodeo athletes.
The recipient will be senior members of the Farm Credit Academic Team.
~ Hill City, Kansas FFA Club Scholarship ~
The Hill City, Kansas FFA Club and Community gave a new spark to Kansas High School Rodeo this year. They were the first community to donate $100 added money to every event of the KHSRA rodeo; both days of competition. The FFA and community members were wonderful to host our associations rodeo and give back to our association so graciously. This year they have also chosen to sponsor a $500 senior scholarship award. They are proud to support our KHSRA youth that work so hard in and out of the arena; for the opportunity to compete. The recipient is selected by the judges.
~Nathan Hays Scholarship~
This $500 scholarship is given in the name of Nathan Hays who was a member of the KHSRA from 1992-1996. Nathan was an excellent team roper and bull dogger with the most generous heart and a love for making others happy. KHSRA had an important role in shaping Nathan's life, building self esteem, teaching responsibility and building lifelong relationships. The Hays family is forever grateful to what high school rodeo did for their entire family, and gives this scholarship to a candidate whose life has been affected by this association in the same positive way.