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The Liberty School District Foundation is happy to work with private donors to establish scholarship funds to support Liberty students after they have graduated by offering post-secondary scholarships.  The Foundation competes and advertises the scholarships through the Liberty Public Schools Community Scholarship Program.

Scholarship Applications Due February 1, 2017

Current Scholarships

Currently, the Foundation, in coordination with private donors, offers the following scholarships to graduating seniors (please note that some scholarships are limited to Liberty High or Liberty North students).  All applicants must access the LPS Community Scholarship process to apply for any of the below scholarships - please check with your counselors for additional information.

Amy Cordray Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Applicant must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Attend Liberty High School or Liberty North High School
  • Provide a short paragraph explaining educational/academic goals
  • Provide a Statement of Financial Need, explaining why you would benefit from being awarded the scholarship
  • Essay: Amy Cordray suffered a brain injury while still in high school; however, she never let that slow her down. Amy believed that anyone could overcome challenges if they put their mind and heart into it, and she exemplified this belief on a daily basis.  Tell us how you have overcome obstacles and challenges in your own life and how this has shaped you as a person.

Candace Kraft Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Applicant must:

  • Be a female
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor
  • Provide a 100-word personal description
  • Submit a 500+ word essay “Our daughter, Candace, loved life to the fullest. She also had a great desire and passion for loving all people and helping them recognize their self-worth. Describe how you also encompass these qualities and your future plans for impacting society in a positive way.

Chad Rogers Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Be involved in baseball, cross country or track while in high school
  • Must attend a 2 or 4 year college or university
  • Must submit at attendance record of 95% or better
  • Submit an additional essay: Chad was a marathon runner and sports enthusiast who had a passion for Jesus, his family, and friends. Chad embraced each day to the fullest.  He was always giving 100% to everything he did, whether that was being a husband and stay-at-home dad, friend, working with the youth at church or running. Please attach a separate page telling about yourself and how sports has impacted your life and character.  Be sure to include other special circumstances you wish the scholarship committee to consider when evaluating your application

Brandon Jacques Scholarship: $1,500

Two awards, $1,500 each, will be awarded to a male and a female student.

Applicant must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Submit a statement on why they feel they deserve the scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Must plan to attend a 4-year university
  • Submit an additional  500-words-or-less essay reflecting on this quote: Bernice Johnson one said, “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”  How has life handed you challenges and helped you become who you are and who you will become in the future?

Jack Smith Mr. Blue Jay Scholarship

Applicant must:

  • Be a varsity athlete (includes dance and cheerleading)
  • Must be enrolled in post-secondary education for the upcoming fall semester
  • Must show community involvement and school spirit
Chris Bartholomew Scholarship - $1,000

Applicant must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Attend Liberty High or Liberty North High School
  • Attend a 2 or 4-year university
  • Major in Criminal Justice or similar field, including pre-law, law enforcement, crime investigation etc.
  • Participate in an extra curricular activity, club or sport, in or outside of the school. Applicant will need to submit a letter of recommendation from a coach or activity leader if activity is outside of school.
  • Submit an essay telling the scholarship committee about yourself and why you are choosing the criminal justice filed or to fight crime.  Be sure to include other special circumstances you wish the scholarship committee to consider when evaluating your applications (ex – financial need)

To Establish a Scholarship Fund

There are many benefits to establishing a scholarship fund with the Liberty School District Foundation:

  • Assistance to prep the scholarship criteria
  • Monitor the scholarship with the LPS Community Scholarship Process
  • Scholarship funds are sent directly to the recipient's college or university upon submitting the appropriate documentation to receive the funds

To learn more, read our Gift Acceptance Policy or contact Nicolette Loutsch: or 816-736-7119.

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