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Endowed Scholarships

Endowed Scholarships are funds with a contributed principal of $10,000 or more.

Eugene & Teddy Adams Scholarship

V.H. Adams Scholarship
Mr. V.H. Adams of El Dorado established this scholarship in 1972 through a planned gift for a student showing financial need.

Andover Kiwanis Scholarship Fund for USD 385
This scholarship was established during the Butler County Community College’s mini-campaign, Scholarships-Making It Happen, a part of the Shaping the Vision capital campaign in 1991.

Everett & Esther Nursing Atkisson
This scholarship was established by the late Mrs. Everett (Esther) Atkisson, who longed to be a nurse for many years, but was denied the opportunity because of her father’s objections.

Augusta Child Care Center Scholarship
The Augusta Child Care Center closed its doors in 1996. The remaining funds were used to establish this scholarship benefiting a student studying early childhood or elementary education.

Nick and Judy Badwey Memorial Scholarship

Roy & Hazel Bankey Drama Scholarship
The Bankey Drama Scholarship was established by Roy and Hazel Bankey. Hazel was an active participant in many different organizations and had a dream of establishing and developing this scholarship. She passed away in 1998.

Banks Family Scholarship
Established originally as the Banks Construction Company Endowed Scholarship.  After Banks Construction Company became Savage Services, the name of the scholarship was changed to the Banks Family Scholarship.

Patricia Bayles Nursing Scholarship
Patricia Bayles established this scholarship for nursing students. Ms. Bayles served as the Dean of Nursing at Butler Community College.

Gladys Faye Beuchat Scholarship
Established by Gladys Faye Beuchat as a planned gift in 1988. For 33 years, Gladys taught English, French, and Spanish at Butler Community College when it was referred to as El Dorado Junior College. She was extremely active in the Greenwood County Historical Society, was an original sponsor of the Order of the Purple at Butler and kept the financial records for several years, all in addition to her teaching duties. Gladys’ friends say that students kept in touch with her for many years from all corners of the world. She was 98-years-old when she died in 1993.

William G. (Bill) Bidwell Memorial Scholarship
Established by Mr. Bidwell’s sisters: Brenda Kobel and Rebecca Bidwell, as well as through memorial gifts from friends. Bill Bidwell, long-time Butler instructor, knew what the people wanted.  As a reporter from age 12, Bidwell never hesitated to tell a story, with excellence, accuracy and expertise.  Bidwell lived all of his 66 years in El Dorado, 32 of those he taught English and Mass Communications at Butler.  He always shared his love for journalism and the arts with everyone he met.  His true feeling about his profession could best be seen when Mr. Bidwell had the attention of his class.  His love for journalism, Butler, and teaching were always present in everything Mr. Bidwell did.

Victor & Nelle Boellner Scholarship
The Boellner fund was established in 1986 in the last will and testament of Nelle Boellner Dace in memory of Nelle and her first husband, Victor Boellner.  Nelle and Victor very much valued education and the needs of those pursuing it.

Margaret and Burton Bowlus Scholarship for Science
Established by Dale and Nellie Corson, Dale is Margaret Bowlus’s brother and a President Emeritus of Cornell University. He attended college in Emporia and then at the University of Kansas. Among his many interests are chemistry and physics.

Jerry & Joan Branson Scholarship for Agriculture

Margaret M. Brazil Music Scholarship
Margaret M. Brazil was an El Dorado/Eureka, Kan. resident during most of her 88 years of life. She taught piano and organ in both towns and was the church organist for services, funerals, and weddings. She retired when she was 80-years-old.

Winnie Broers Memorial Nursing Scholarship
The Winnie Broers nursing scholarship was set up in 1980 through her last will and testament.

Caryne Caye & Carolyn Buckner Memorial Scholarship
This fund was established in memory of Caryne Caye Buckner in 1978 by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Buckner, Jr. of El Dorado. This scholarship is for a graduate of Circle High School that was active in sports or music.

Fritz Buell Scholarship
Shirley Jackson started the Fritz Buell Scholarship in 2005 in memory of her brother, Fritz.  Mr. Buell graduated from Augusta High School in 1948, then attended Butler and sang in a men’s quartet. His first job after school was with Boeing where he developed a great interest in computers. Later, Mr. Buell and others started a company called AID, working for small companies that could not afford computers. Mr. Buell worked in the computer department for Clinton Oil Company, which later became Energy Reserves.  His last employment was with Koch Industries in the Exploration Division setting up the computer department. After his retirement in 1995, Mr. Buell pursued working on genealogy on the computer.

Devin Burress Memorial Scholarship
Devin Renee’ Burress passed away June 5, 2009 as a passenger in a motor vehicle accident. She was a 16-year-old senior at Augusta High School. Devin was born in El Dorado, Kansas on June 10, 1992, the daughter of James “Jeb” Eldon and LeeAnne (Dennett) Burress. Devin‘s desire was to help people in their time of need.

This memorial scholarship is to continue her good work through those who have that same desire. Devin, having a big heart and smile, was one to always put others before her. She loved to make people laugh no matter the situation or how she felt. Known as a founder of misfits and underdogs who were maybe in bad family situations or just not considered popular, she would go out of her way to help them and make them feel better about themselves and a true friend until the end. In her short life she had been involved in instrumental music, sports, drama and other activities along with a job at Pizza Hut.

Devin’s goal was to become a Certified Nurse Aid her senior year of high school, then obtain her Associate of Science as a Paramedic like her Dad. Simply put, Devin was and still is a beloved daughter, sister, friend and a true angel to all who knew her.

Paul & Pamela Bush Scholarship

Butler County Conversation District Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Butler County Conservation District Board of Directors in 1995. David Sundgren,Butler Vision 2000 campaign chairman worked with the board to start this fund. The board continues to support the scholarship and agriculture education.

Butler County Retired Teachers Association
Funds were donated in 1982 by the members of the Butler County Retired Teachers Association, and friends and family members who contributed as memorial gifts. Mr. L.U. West served as the scholarship fundraisers since the fund’s inception. The late Mr. West served on the Endowment Association Board of Directors until his death in May 1997.

Butler County Shrine Club Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Butler County Shrine Club members in 2012. The Butler County Shrine Club is part of the Midian Shrine out of Wichita, Kan. The members of this club reside primarily in Butler and the surrounding counties.

Butler Operational Staff Book Scholarship
Butler Operational Staff has various fundraisers throughout the year in order to add contributions to this scholarship. Recipients are chosen by the Operational Staff Scholarship Committee and must be designated full or part-time staff, their spouses, or their children enrolled in at least six hours.

Wayne E. Butler Memorial Scholarship
The Wayne E. Butler Memorial Scholarship was established in 1986 in memory of Wayne Butler.  Mr. Butler was a resident of the Eureka community.  He was involved in athletics, and an avid supporter of the high school and the Butler Community College baseball team.

Eugene E. Carlson Music Scholarship
The Carlson scholarship was established in 1993 in memory of Eugene E. Carlson by his wife Betty and daughter Linda Peterson.  Mr. Carlson was a community leader and owner of Carlson’s Funeral Home in El Dorado for many years.  The scholarship started as a Mortuary Science scholarship.  It was changed to a Music scholarship by Betty in 2003.

Richard & Faralane Chase Music Scholarship

Robert H. Chism Art Scholarship
Robert H. Chism was a long-time art instructor at Butler Community College. He retired in 1992.

R.A. Clymer Scholarship
This scholarship was established as a result of a dinner staged by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce to honor Rolla Clymer, was a leader in the community and the state of Kansas.

Commerce Bank Agriculture Scholarship
Established by Clifford Stone, first owner of Walnut Valley State Bank – now Commerce Bank.

Leonard and Ferne Conner Memorial Scholarship
The Conner fund was established in 1982 by brothers David and Chris Conner in memory of their father, Leonard L. Conner. Mr. Conner was a resident of Cassoday, Kan. He was a member of the Cassoday United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Cassoday Lions Club, and the Township Board. He was also a former mayor. During his lifetime, Leonard was a bus driver for elementary school children and a custodian at Flinthills High School. He cared about students and enjoyed attending their sports activities.

Tim & Emily Connell Scholarship
Three generations of the Connell Family have been involved in the agriculture and animal husbandry in the Butler County area of the Kansas Flint Hills. “We have been lucky enough to reap the material and spiritual rewards of the prairie and want to encourage others to do likewise,” Connell said.

Russell & Eva Cour Scholarship
The Cour scholarship was established in 1993 in memory of Russell and Eva Cour by their children Tom, Jerry, and Carole Widick. Both Russell and Eva had strong commitments to learning and were supportive of educational opportunities in Butler County. Russell was the third generation Cour to farm land in eastern Butler County.  When his health forced him to give up farming, he was hired by the Department of Agriculture and rose to the position of statewide auditor. Eva was born Eva Guinty and was raised in Elbing, Kan. Eva taught in Prospect and Midian Townships county schools.  She later worked for The El Dorado Times newspaper and the Butler County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation office.

R.D. & Edith Criss Scholarship
The Criss scholarship was established in 1976 in memory of R.D. and Edith Criss of Augusta, Kan. to assist vocational students. Their son Ramon Criss of El Dorado is an honorary member of the Endowment Association’s Board of Directors.

Cross Family Scholarship

Kathryn & Harry Day Endowed Nursing Scholarship
The Kathryn Day fund was established in 1990 by her husband Harry Day, their son Dr. Jon Day, and their  daughter Suzanne Day Woods. Kathryn Day was a lifelong resident of Butler County and sister to Wilda Courser.

Charles E. DeLano & Family Scholarship
The Charles E. DeLano and Alma M. DeLano and Family Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in honor of specifically the son and daughter of Charles E. DeLano.  Both Cliff and Phyllis are graduates of El Dorado High School as well as attended Butler Community College.  Cliff has a bachelor’s degree from KSTC Pittsburg.  Following graduation, Cliff entered the United States Marine Corps and retired in 1981. In 2008, Alma M. DeLano, mother of Cliff DeLano and Phyllis Murray, was added to the name of the scholarship fund by Cliff DeLano.

Delora Evelyn Demo & Dale E. Covert Nursing Scholarhsip
Dale established the Evelyn Demo nursing scholarship in 1997 in honor of his sister Delora Evelyn Demo.  In 2000 he established the Dale Covert Endowed Scholarship for Nursing and in 2003 the two scholarships were combined.  Dale played on the 1942 Butler County Community College Basketball Team that was undefeated 26-0.  Dale and Evelyn were siblings, she being the oldest of four children and he being the youngest.  Both of their middle brothers preceeded them in death.  When Evelyn was ill she was at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado and encountered many wonderful nurses who were Butler graduates or Butler students.  Despite Dale’s love for athletics and his history of playing basketball for both Butler and Kansas State University, he decided to establish this scholarship for Nursing because “nurses truly help people.”

Joseph L. Derr Scholarhsip
Established in memory of Mr. Derr’s wife, Audene V. Derr and his parents Theodore A. and Iva M. Derr.

Determination Scholarship
Stewart and Denise are active supporters of community college education.  Stewart started his higher education at Dodge City Community College. Denise is a graduate of the Butler Nursing program. At the time the scholarship was established, Stewart was serving as the President of the Foundation Board of Directors.

Below is a statement from Stewart and Denise about the philosophy of the Determination Scholarship.

“We have long held the belief that the greatest gift one person can give another is a chance to make it on their own. Nothing damages the human spirit more than dependency, even when that dependency is the result of the well intentioned generosity of others. As sincere and tempting the motivation may be to make a better life for another, we believe insulating any person from life’s struggles, adversities and risks of failure serves to deprive the person from developing true self-worth and cheats them from the satisfaction that comes only from one’s own accomplishments. For this reason, we establish this scholarship not to improve or ease any recipient’s present situation in life, but rather to afford each a chance to change for the better and in their own way their own situation in life.”

Pat & Sylvia Do Nursing Scholarship
For Pat and Sylvia, the vitality of education was imparted to both of them at an early age.  Despite coming from different cultural backgrounds, this husband and wife both credit their families with showing them the importance of pursuing academic endeavors.

Don & Jean Domann Scholarship
The Don Domann Scholarship was established in his memory by his family. Mr. Domann was a Kansas educator for 30 years as a classroom teacher, coach, principal, and assistant superintendent of schools. He served the El Dorado school system from 1969 to 1978 and then owned Don’s Sport Store until his death in 1989. Jean’s name was added to the scholarship when she passed away in 2010.

Jeffrey S. & Teressa K. Eastman Education Scholarship
Established by Jeff and Teressa Eastman in 2010, the scholarship reflects the importance of giving back to the community while promoting diversity. As educators themselves, Jeff and Teressa desire to assist education majors with disabilities to break down stereotypical barriers to attain their career goals in the classroom.

Jim & Susie Edwards “Make a Difference” Scholarship
Jim and Susie Edwards, long-time employees of both Butler and Kansas State University, established this scholarship to benefit a livestock judging student attending KSU. Their background in agriculture has led to a passion for the students who carry on that legacy today.

El Dorado Municipal Band Scholarship in Honor of Mr. Holem & Mr. Dace
The Holem/Dace scholarship was endowed in 1993 in memory of Ralph Holem and Roland Dace, by members of the El Dorado Municipal Band.  Mr. Dace, who had been a member of the band since it’s formation in 1922, died as a result of a traffic accident in early 1983.  Mr. Dace played the clarinet in the Municipal Band.  Prior to being a member of the Municipal Band Mr. Dace was a member of the El Dorado Boy’s Band.  Ralph Holem, who died in December of 1988, was a member of the municipal band for 58 years.  He played the French Horn with the Butler County Community College Concert and Pep band. An ice cream social is held annually by the El Dorado Municipal Band. The proceeds from the ice cream social benefit this scholarship. The scholarship name was changed in 2010 to include the El Dorado Municipal Band

El Dorado Soroptimist Scholarship
The El Dorado Soroptimist International Organization established this scholarship fund in 1984, which initially funded only nursing students. It was expanded to include allied health students in 1992.

Garland P. “Jack” Ferrell, Jr. Scholarship
The Garland P.Ferrell (Jack Ferrell, Jr.) endowment was created in 1980 by Mrs. Garland P. Ferrell, Jr and family in memory of him. Mr. Ferrell was rancher from the Beaumont, Kan. area who served on the college Board of Trustees in the 1960’s.

Fire & Iron Motorcycle Club, Station 54 Memorial Scholarship

John K. & Mary P. Fisher Scholarship

John Francis Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by two of John Francis’ former student athletes. Mr. Francis was a track coach at Butler.

Frank & Sally Freeman Scholarship
Frank joined the Foundation Board of Directors in 1994. He served as vice president in 1997 and president from 1998-1999. Frank and Sally know how important it is for young people to have funds available to further their education and help them become productive citizens in the community. Their scholarship benefits a student in the arts.

Frank & Beverly Gaines Academic Scholarship
This fund was established by Frank and Beverly Gaines of Hamilton, Kan. Frank was an attorney, banker, and was a Kansas senator for many years and is an honorary member of the Foundation Board of Directors.

Ronald James “R.J.” Gaines Memorial Schoalrship

Helen Galloway Scholarship for Visual Arts
Helen Galloway says that in her 30 years in business, she’s been blessed with success and it’s her desire to give back to the community however she can. Galloway is generous in business, too. Visitors to her store will find a variety of snacks awaiting them, from cheese and crackers to breads and candy. Store workers are prompt to offer shoppers cappuccino on a cool day or a cold drink in the summer. While Mrs. Galloway is well-known for the unique shopping experience she provides residents and visitors alike, her name is also synonymous with giving.

Janice Graham Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2005 by sisters Jana and Laura Graham in memory of their mother, Janice Graham.

Lee Roy & Teresa Grange Endowed Nursing Scholarship

Fred L. Green Scholarship
The Fred Green scholarship was established in 1990 in memory of Fred Green, El Dorado resident. He was best known as a pilot and flight instructor and taught more than 100 people to fly. For several years, Fred taught the science of flight at Butler Community College. He was friend of the late L.U. West, charter member of the Endowment Association.

Haines Family Scholarship
The Haines Family Scholarship began with the memorial gifts from the passing of Vernice Haines.  Vernice, a Butler alumna, was a long-time educator in the El Dorado area.  Additionally, Gerald Haines, as well as he and Elsie’s children; Cynthia, Dan, Bryan, Jerri and Vince attended or graduated from Butler.  Gerald, Vernice’s nephew, and wife Elsie wanted to see this scholarship fund grow through gifts given by their family.  Gerald and Elsie selflessly have encouraged their children to donate to the Haines Family Scholarship in lieu of gifts at Christmas and other special occasions.

Ena Rae Harstine Nursing Scholarship
John and Ena “Rae” moved to El Dorado from the Tulsa, Oklahoma area in 1963 and remained in the area until 2006.  John was a chemical engineer with Skelly Oil and later retired from Texaco.  Rae retired from Susan B. Allen Hospital where she was an OB/GYN nurse for many years.  Rae graduated from the Baylor University School of Nursing.  She spent many years in the nursing field in both Kansas and Oklahoma. John wanted to establish this scholarship in honor of his wife and her nursing career.

Lance B. Hayes Excellence in the Communications Arts Scholarship
The original donor of the Lance D. Hayes Award for Excellence in the Communications Arts Scholarship wishes to remain anonymous.  Due to the generosity of Lance and Pat Hayes the scholarship was endowed in November 2010.

Having worked professionally in radio, television, and film for a total of 17 years, Lance Hayes also taught those subjects at Wichita State University.  In 1996, he was hired to lead Butler’s fledgling program in the same disciplines.  He soon put student station KBTL-FM on the air.  With the school’s radio and television production facilities, he trained Butler students until his retirement in 2009.  With the positive, student-centered atmosphere of Butler and the subsequent professional success of so many of his graduates, Hayes considers his time at Butler to be the most rewarding work experience of his life.

Pat Hearrell Scholarship
The Hearrell fund was established in 1988 in memory of Pat Hearrell. Mr. and Mrs. Hearrell sponsored the “Cage” in El Dorado for more than 10 years, contributing their time and efforts to help community youth. The establishment of this fund was a personal project of the Endowment Association board member and three-time past president Stephen Waite.

Perry & Dorothy Henman Scholarship
Established in 1998, this nursing scholarship is for a non-traditional student. It is named in honor of Perry and Dorothy, who herself became a licensed practical nurse after the age of 40. Iris Lawrence of El Dorado is Dorothy and Perry Henman’s daughter.

Larry & Jo Hess Endowed Scholarship

Dana Royce Hilmer Book Scholarship
This book scholarship was established in 1995 by Dana Royce Hilmer, a student and graduate of Butler Community College. He wanted to share his gratitude for being fortunate enough to have furthered his education with the help of the faculty and staff at Butler.

Harvey & Mildred Holden Memorial Scholarship
The Harvey and Mildred Holden Scholarship was established by Ame Holden to honor her parents life-long regard for and support of formal and self-directed education as well as their love for Butler County. The Holden’s were active participants in many different local organizations and shared their love of education with everyone they met, especially their three daughters. Mildred graduated from El Dorado High School in 1937 and attended Kansas State University, majoring in home economics and foreign languages.  Harvey was a life-time member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union and together they operated a local retail business, Holden Retail Liquor Store. Harvey and Mildred participated in community education courses as adult learners. They were also avid Butler Grizzly Basketball fans. Harvey passed away in 2010.

Ame is a graduate of Kansas University; however, she did take classes at Butler when she was home for the summer. Her husband, Steve Cox, graduated from Butler in 1973. Steve was the Student Government Association President in 1972-1973. Steve later graduated from Kansas University as well. Both Ame and Steve are graduates of El Dorado High School.

RoJean E. & Ralph W. Holem Scholarship

Ollie & Gay Isom Scholarship for Track & Cross Country
This fund was begun with the remaining balance of the Isom Locker Room renovation project. In 2003, Ollie Isom changed the purpose of the fund to become an endowed scholarship.

Mr. Isom coached at Butler from 1966 until 1983. He started the men’s cross country program at Butler and experienced success through his 15 years leading the program, coaching 15 All-Americans and winning the first of Butler’s three cross country national championships. In 16 years leading the program, his teams finished in the top 10 nationally eight times. He also started the women’s cross country program in 1980, coaching both teams for three years before retiring from the sport in 1982.

Phil & Sheila Johnson Music Scholarship
Phil and Sheila Johnson established a $30,000 endowed music scholarship for future Butler students with interest similar to their daughter Stacy’s.  While at Butler on a scholarship, Stacy played in the concert, jazz and pep bands, sang in the choir and accompanied the Headliners on keyboard.  This scholarship is in response to the Johnson’s appreciation of Butler’s Fine Arts programs.

Greg & Helen Joyce Scholarship
Greg and Helen Joyce are lifelong El Dorado residents and former Butler Community College students.  They have both contributed leadership and volunteer time to various El Dorado and Butler County groups.  Dr. and Mrs. Joyce recognize the importance of developing volunteer and leadership skills in students.

Kling Family Endowed Scholarship
Harold H. Kling was born February 11, 1922 on a farm near Howard. He graduated with the class of 1939 from Howard High School. He worked on the family farm and attended Kansas State University from 1941-1942. During WWII, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served as a navigator on a B-24 Liberator; a four-engine bomber flying bombing missions out of southern Italy. He was separated from the service in 1945 and farmed near Howard until 1963. He also sold life insurance for several years, then started with Beech Aircraft in 1966 as a data writer and retired as a technical editor in 1987. While working for Beech, Mr. Kling received his associate degree from Butler in 1983. 

Gayle A. Krause Scholarship for Math & Engineering
The Gayle A. Krause Math and Engineering Scholarship was established by his wife Kaye and their family and is aimed towards assisting Math students pursuing Engineering degrees at Butler Community College.  Gayle taught Math/Science for 41 years.  Twenty-five of those years were spent at Butler.  He was dedicated and committed to education AND Butler.  It was his wish that any one desiring a higher education could have the opportunity.   Many former students would visit and tell him how grateful they were to receive two years of pre- engineering classes at Butler.

Corina Krieser Talent Scholarship
The Corina Krieser Talent Scholarship was made possible by a generous gift from Clark and Diane Krieser of Seward, Nebraska and Nathan and Andrea Krieser of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Corina had been a Headliner during her time at Butler Community College.  Upon graduating Butler, Corina went to Emporia State University to pursue a Music Education degree.  Corina’s untimely death, returning home for Christmas break from ESU, devastated everyone who knew her.  Corina was a beautiful woman who lived to sing.  She was known for her infectious smile and voice. Corina loved life and cherished her family and friends.

Earl Eugene (Gene) Lacy Memorial Scholarship
Gene was born in 1946 to Earl Arthur and Beryl Jean Lacy.  Earl graduated from high school in Eureka, Kansas and Beryl graduated from Russell High School.  They married in 1945 and Gene was born in 1946.  They lived in Emporia and Eureka before moving to El Dorado.  Earl was an oil field oxy pumper and Beryl was a nurse.  Gene attended High School at El Dorado High School where he was involved in both football and wrestling.

Gene’s father Earl served his country as a paratrooper in the Army during World War II. Therefore, Gene followed in his father’s footsteps of serving his country and later joined the Navy thus serving his country as a Navy demolition “frogman.”  He served in the Vietnam War.

Gene passed away June 6, 2000 at his home in Beachmere, Australia of lung cancer.  Gene has three daughters, Shannon, Tania, and Robin.

John K. & Rosemary Lay Scholarship
John Lay taught Human Sexuality at Butler Community College for many years. Rosemary was an accomplished china painter.

Cory Thomas (Bud) Leffler Memorial Scholarship
Cory Thomas “Bud” Leffler was born to Tom and Patty Leffler in Emporia, Kansas on October 18, 1987. Cory died while cutting firewood on the farm July 25, 2009 at the young age of 21 years, from a ruptured aortic aneurysm.  Cory really enjoyed cutting firewood, as well as the outdoors, off-roading in his Scout, then repairing his Scout, and also spending time with family and friends.

Cory graduated from Augusta High School in 2006 and then attended Kansas State University, majoring in mechanical engineering, for one year.  He found that K-State and engineering were not a good fit for him and decided to switch tracks. Cory transferred to Butler Community College and graduated with honors in May of 2008, earning a certificate in Welding Technology. In the spring of 2008 Cory also received his Tube Welding Certification (6-G Position) with the Boilermakers Local 83. He passed this test, which is considered the second hardest position test, on his very first try. After graduation, Cory spent the last 13 months of his life working as a welder and apprentice machinist at Four Mile Carriage and Machine Shop in Emporia, Kansas.

Dave Tucker, Cory’s welding instructor at Butler and post-graduation mentor, said, “If God has something broke up there, he picked the right man to fix it.”  We believe he’s right, and that Cory must have a lot of work to do since he had to leave us at such a young age.

Link Family Memorial Scholarship
The Brad Link Scholarship was created in 1986 in memory of Brad Link by his parents.  Brad was a junior at Bluestem high School when he was killed in an automobile accident.

Ted & Edna Losh Scholarship
This fund was established in 1975 in memory of Ted Losh. Ted was an owner of the Losh Motor Company.

Carl Owen McAfee Scholarship
The fund for Carl Owen McAfee was established during the Endowment Association’s Scholarships – Making it Happen campaign in 1991 by his parents, Troy W. and Joan McAfee.  Mr. McAfee was the brother of Melinda McAfee, executive director of the Butler County Community College Endowment Association.  He died in December 1983 at the age of 25.  Carl was the valedictorian of Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Missouri in 1978.  He was a winner of numerous academic awards.  He graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas in 1982.  He had an enduring interest in piano music and art, especially cartoon art, and sculpture.

Levi & Mabel McCarty Scholarship

Justin McClure Scholarship
El Dorado native and Butler alumnus Justin McClure and his wife Shelly established the Justin McClure Scholarship to benefit the visual arts. Mr. McClure owns and operates Justin McClure Creative in Wichita, Kansas as well as Launch Laser Visual Swing Trainer.

J.B. & Mary McKay Scholarship
The J.B. and Mary McKay fund was created in 1971 in their memory by their son James B. McKay, Jr., and his wife Martha McKay of El Dorado.

Mid-America Anesthesia Professionals, LLC Scholarship

Godfrey & Emma Miller Scholarship

Isador & Sophia Molk General Academic Scholarship
The Molk endowment was established in 1977 in memory of Sophia Berman Molk and Isador Molk of El Dorado, Kan. Mrs. Molk was born in Lithuania and came to the United States as a small child. She married Isador Molk in New York and came to live in El Dorado in 1921. She was a noted author and poet who wrote several published books and retired secretary for the American Red Cross. Mrs. Molk was a member of the Hebrew Synagogue, the Sisterhood, and the Authors Club and was very interested in health education.

Lillian G. Morgan Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Lillian Morgan Trust in honor of Lillian Morgan. After marrying Ralph (also from Butler County) in 1950, the couple lived in Sedgwick County for 35 years and raised five children. The couple then moved to the Butler County farm where Lillian grew up.

In the early 1970’s, Ralph and Lillian planted a few Christmas trees on the family farm. The Noel Christmas Tree farm opened its doors to the first customers in 1976. They viewed their family business as a way to participate in the community while teaching important life skills to their children and other employees.

Lillian was always actively involved in her community. She faithfully attended Derby First Christian Church, belonged to EHU, various Bible Studies, ladies clubs, square dance clubs, and was an election judge everywhere she lived. She taught Sunday School, was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, Room Mother (several times over), and Christian Woman mentor.

She began college at age 16 by attending what is now Butler Community College. Although she never obtained a degree, she valued education and encouraged her children toward higher education. All five of her children attended college; three obtained advanced degrees. Her husband Ralph, four of her five children and five of her eight grandchildren attended Butler.

The following life goals were penned by her about 10 years before she died and found in a notebook after she died. Her children decided to complete the last unfinished goal to honor her life, her memory and their love for her.

  • Have a good relationship with children and grandchildren
  • Be remembered as a good wife, mother and grandmother
  • Be inspiration to people around her
  • Be able to help grandchildren and children with needed education
  • Fund a scholarship at Butler Community College

Robert & Esther Morrison Scholarship

George M. Myers Family Scholarship
Marc Myers, son of George M. Myers, established this endowed scholarship in 1989. George M. Myers, Inc., an El Dorado firm, completed contracts in the construction industry for over one-half century. George Myers was president of the company until his death in 1974. This scholarship benefits a needy El Dorado High School graduate.

Elmo & Rojane Nash Memorial Scholarship
The Rojane Nash endowment was established in 1986 in memory of Rojane Nash, El Dorado resident and wife of Elmo Nash, Butler Community College mathematics instructor.  In 2006 the scholarship was changed from the Rojane Nash Math and Science Memorial Scholarship to the Rojane and Elmo Nash Memorial Scholarship.

George & Esther Neumeyer Scholarship
The Esther Neumeyer fund was established in 1984. Esther studied nursing in Hutchinson, Kansas and received her R.N. degree in 1929. In 1939 she became head nurse of Remington Arms Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut and after retiring in 1975, remained active in the profession until her death in 1983. When George Neumeyer, Esther’s brother died in 1993 the scholarship’s name was changed to include his name. Mr. Neumeyer died at the age of 99 and 11 months.

Rex & Naomi Newcom Scholarship
The Newcom fund was established in 1979 by Rex and Naomi Newcom, former residents of Whitewater, Kansas. An enduring interest in Butler Community College prompted the gift.

Nursing Alumni Endowed Scholarship

Lorrita Orndorff Memorial Scholarship for Nursing
Lorrita Orndorff was born Lorrita Calvert on August 31, 1937, daughter of Eula and Ernest Calvert. Lorrita spent her childhood years growing up in Ft. Scott, Kansas with her twin sister, Annita, and older brother Ernie.  The Calvert family moved to El Dorado, Kansas where Lorrita attended El Dorado Junior High at age 14.  In 1955, she graduated from El Dorado High School.

On her 20th birthday, in 1957, Lorrita married her high school sweetheart, Richard Orndorff. Richard and Lorrita had three children, Casandra, Vernon, and Lorra.  Lorrita started working as a nurses aide at the El Dorado Nursing Center that later became Beverly Enterprises. Fifteen years after graduating from high school, Lorrita had a desire to become a registered nurse. She attended Butler County Community College at which time she began working on her associate degree in Nursing.  Lorrita passed her Kansas State Board of Nursing exam on the first try, and graduated as a registered nurse.  She was hired at the Augusta Hospital in Augusta, Kansas working as an emergency room nurse.

After a few years of emergency room experience, she left Augusta Hospital and accepted a nursing position at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado, Kansas.  She began working on the Obstetrics floor, then moved to surgical floor where she remained until she extended her career as Director of Nursing at Beverly Enterprises, in El Dorado, Kansas.  After a few years as the Director of Nursing, she was approached with an offer to teach the Certified Nurses Aide classes at the Long Term Care Center in Augusta, Kansas. Lorrita accepted the offer to teach and in turn, developed the original curriculum for the classes.  She helped many young people become successful in their nursing careers.  Lorrita maintained an active nursing certification by having taken continuing education units (CEUs) long after her days of nursing.

When her husband Richard retired, she became a full-time retiree enjoying her adventures, children and grandchildren. Although Lorrita was retired from nursing, family and friends continued to consult her for her medical expertise.  She loved helping and caring for others.  On February 25, 2010, Lorrita died from complications due to lung cancer.  She was a dedicated nurse.  Lorrita has a reputation among doctors, colleagues, family and friends as being one of the best.

Pace Local # 5-251 Scholarship
The scholarship was created in 1984 by the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union #5241 in El Dorado.

Robert Parriott Memorial Scholarship
Robert Parriott was a civic and business leader as well as the owner of Triad Drilling Company.  Mr. Parriott was born on October 1, 1916 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent much of his early life in West Virginia and Florida.  Mr. Parriott graduated with distinction from Staunton Military Academy in Charles Town, West Virginia.  He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance in 1936.  Mr. Parriott met his wife, Martha, at the University of Texas and they were married in 1939.  Mr. Parriott graduated from the University of Texas in 1940 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.

In January 1942, Mr. Parriott was called to active in the Army and reported to Ft. Benning, GA as a First Lt. in the Infantry.  He fought for 210 days in the European Theater and he was promoted to Lt. Colonel and Commander of the 80th Tank Battalion in 1945, becoming the youngest Lt. Colonel to serve under General Patton.  He was rewarded for his service with the Combat Infantry Badge, 6 battle stars for North France, Ardennes, Central Germany; Rhineland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia; the Russian medal of Distinguished Service in Germany; and two Bronze Stars for bravery in action for the Battle of the Bulge; the second with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Following the war, he moved to Wichita and co-formed the Wichita Petroleum Club, served on its Board, and served a term as President of the Wichita Club.  He served on the Bard of the Kansas Independent Petroleum Association and as a Director of Sunray DX Oil Company, as well as serving many civic groups.  Many individuals and groups were the beneficiaries of his generosity, often anonymously.  One of his passions was helping those less fortunate to receive an education.  He was a strong supporter of the Helping Hands program, at Grace Presbyterian Church where he was a member.  He and his wife Martha, were significant contributors to the establishment and growth of Botanica where there is a memorial in Martha’s honor.

Patrick Parry Scholarship for Biology
Established in 1995 in memory of Patrick Parry by grandparents Walter and Kay Parry.

Patmos Lodge #97 AF & AM Scholarship
The Patmos fund was established in 1986 by the Patmos Lodge #97 AF & AM. Mr. L.U. West was one of the initial donors of the scholarship.

Chad & Doris Patton Scholarship
Chad and Doris Patton were born in the 1920’s in Chase County, Kansas, and attended Matfield Green High School.  After attending Kansas State Teacher’s College (Emporia State University) and teaching school for a year, Chad was drafted by the U.S. Army in1942 and served in the European theatre during World War II.  He returned home in 1946.

Chad and Doris were married at Ft. Rucker Alabama before Chad’s division was sent to France.  While Chad was overseas, Doris worked at Beach Aircraft as a secretary during the day and on the assembly floor in the evenings. Upon his return from the war, Chad began a teaching career along with farming and ranching in Chase County.  Doris “retired” from the aircraft business and devoted herself to her home, family and church.  In 1954 they moved to Cassoday, Kansas, where Chad was principal, teacher and coach at Cassoday Grade School for many years and received the national Valley Forge Outstanding Teacher award.   Chad later became a rural mail carrier, serving in multiple state leadership capacities. 

Chad and Doris exemplified the term “service”, working many hours in the church and community.  Chad was a member of the organizational steering committee for the creation of Butler County Community Junior College (now Butler Community College), president of the National Rural Letter Carrier’s Association, a member of the Butler County Department of Aging, a member of the Butler County Planning & Zoning Board, a charter member of the Cassoday Lions Club, a 52 year member and leader of 4-H, city clerk of Cassoday, a school board member in  2 different districts, a member of the Butler County School Board Council  and the Butler County Fair Board.  Doris was a stay at home mom who was devoted to nurturing her family.

Chad and Doris raised five children.  They loved their family and loved helping others in their community, especially young people.  

Colonel James F. Patton Scholarship
The Colonel James F. Patton Scholarship was established in his memory by friends and family in 1983. Col. Patton was killed in an explosion of a United States Air Force cargo plane while on a mission in Turkey in 1982. He graduated from El Dorado High School in 1954 and from Butler Community College in 1956. Col. Patton received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Omaha.

Dennis & Pat Perry Scholarship
Dennis was raised in the El Dorado area and is a 1966 graduate of Circle High School in Towanda where he participated in automotive classes. After high school Dennis enrolled at Butler County Jr. College where he graduated in 1968 with an Associate of Arts in Automotive Technology and Order of the Purple honors. At the time Dennis was a student at Butler the tuition was $1.50 to $3.50 per credit hour. Upon completing his degree at Butler, Dennis attended Kansas State College of Pittsburg and received his Bachelor of Science. Dennis worked for many years as an automotive technician and is now retired. It is the desire of Dennis and Patricia that this scholarship will enable a student to prepare for a career in the automotive industry. Patricia attended the University of Guam and is now retired from the Wichita, Kansas school system as a para-educator.

Bill & Steve Pershall Scholarship

Ronald D. Pickrell Memorial Scholarship
This trumpet scholarship was established in memory of Ronald D. Pickrell in 1980 by Billy D. Pickrell.

Brock Poe Memorial Scholarship
Robert & Teresa Poe established this scholarship in memory of their son Brock, a former Butler baseball player.  Brock was a walk on left-handed pitcher for the Grizzlies from 2000-2002.  After graduating from Butler, he attended Wichita State University where he was enrolled in the Sport Administration program.  After his two years of playing for the Grizzlies, Brock hung up his spikes and started his coaching career. In the summer of 2002 and 2003 he was the head coach for El Dorado Post 81’s AA Legion team, and in August 2003 was hired by El Dorado High School to be the junior varsity head coach.  While not coaching or at school, Brock worked for the local YMCA and was very involved with the youth in the community.

Richard Porter Memorial Scholarship
The Richard Porter Memorial Fund was established in 2006 to honor “Dr.” Richard A. Porter.  Funding for the Richard Porter Memorial has come entirely from an annual golf tournament which began in 2006.  The tournament will continue as long as there is interest, and the profits will be added to the scholarship fund annually.

Mr. Porter was a 1964 graduate of El Dorado High School, and a 1972 graduate of Butler Community College.  Porter received his Bachelor of Science from Wichita State University in Biology and Chemistry in 1974 and obtained a Master of Science in Biology in 1978, also from WSU.  Mr. Porter spent more than 30 years working for the City of El Dorado, beginning in the Public Safety Department then progressing to Recreation Director, and finishing as Director of Public Utilities.  He taught Anatomy and Physiology at Butler in the evening for 22 years.

Ted Powe Memorial Scholarship
Ted Powe was born on February 15, 1977 in Council Grove, Kansas.  Ted received his certification in automobile body work and painting from Butler.  He had worked for Fishers Auto, Fenton Auto, and Automotive Specialists in El Dorado for a number of years.  Like his father John, Ted loved to work and tinker with cars.

Thomas L. Prichard CPA Scholarship
Tom was raised on a farm just north of Benton, Kansas, the sixth of 10 children.  He graduated from Circle High School in 1970 and attended Butler in the early 70’s.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Business from Emporia State University in 1974 and worked for an international CPA firm in Kansas City.  He passed the CPA exam while in Kansas City. In 1977, Tom moved to Arkansas City to go into the accounting business with a classmate from ESU.  In 1983 he went on his own and had a successful business until he sold it in 2007.

Tom was one of the original investors in TCK Trust and Financial Advisors, Inc., the first independent trust company in Kansas. Tom and his wife, Sheila, have a son, Todd, who is a green beret in the U.S. Army, and a daughter, Leslie, who is a physician assistant.

Because of his humble beginnings,Tom gives a lot of credit to his success to Butler.  Not only was the cost right, but the quality of instruction was excellent.  Tom attended three post high school institutions, and Butler ranks #1.  Like most young people who are trying to find their way in life, Tom needed a place that could help him grow, and Butler filled that bill for him.

PKHLS Scholarship for Pre-Architecture
This scholarship was established by John Prigmore and George Krievins to aid architecture students. Their firm, PKHL Architects has a strong association with Butler Community College.

Betty Prohodsky Scholarship
Betty Patricia Bond Prohodsky was born on November 9, 1918 to L.J. “Jack” Bond and Frances Marie Martin Bond.  Betty passed away October 3, 2008 in Emporia, Kansas.  She married U.S. Navy Ensign Michael Prohodsky on March 27, 1945 at the First Presbyterian Church in El Dorado.

Betty graduated from El Dorado High School, the University of Kansas (Bachelor of Arts in History and Lifetime Teaching Certificate), and she received her Master’s Degree from Emporia State University (along with an additional 40 hours in English). Betty taught ninth grade English Composition and Literature at El Dorado and later taught at Butler Community College.  She was instrumental in starting the college’s High Q program.  Betty was known as a very tough, but also a very fair and compassionate teacher.  She believed that grades were earned, not given.  She expected the very best effort of her students.  Betty believed that academic excellence was to be rewarded.  Her granddaughter remembers putting forth her very best effort in hopes to be rewarded with “Baba” displaying her work proudly on the swinging door in the kitchen.

Marc Adam Reeves Scholarship for Agriculture
Established by Jim and Sally Reeves in memory of their son, Marc.

Jerry Richards and Judith McClure Scholarship
The Jerry Richards/Judith McClure Scholarship fund commenced in 1992 as the Jerry Richards Scholarship fund. Creating a fund for Jerry Richards was the idea of Steve Waite, Jerry’s childhood friend. Steve contacted Jerry’s sister Judith McClure to talk about his idea and Judy immediately agreed to the program and to be a co-founder by joining Steve as an original funder of the scholarship fund. The name of the fund was changed in 2013 upon Judy’s passing as her families’ request to have her named added to the fund and donating additional funding to the scholarship program. A request to Steve for the name change was enthusiastically endorsed by him. The name change was made in 2013 and the official name of the fund became the Jerry Richards & Judith McClure Scholarship fund.

Mildred Riggs Scholarship

Glenna Rodman-Monfort Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in July 2009 by Glenna's children.  Glenna was an educator in Greenwood County for many years.  Her family hopes to honor her memory through this scholarship.

Mary Lou & Howard Russell Memorial Scholarship
This fund was established by Mike and Nancy Russell, the son and daughter-in-law of Mary Lou Russell, and memorial donors.

Susie Schulze Nursing Scholarhsip

Shaffer Family Scholarship
As staunch believers in Horace Mann’s adage—“Education is the the greatest equalizer of all the conditions of men”, Mal and Janice Shaffer established the Shaffer Family Scholarship with the hope of supporting the efforts of any young man or woman seeking to better their opportunity to realize the American dream.  

Mal served 30 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Colonel in 1986, brought his wife back to her home town of El Dorado, and then proceeded to teach speech and coordinate fine arts activities in Butler’s Fine Arts Department for 15 years. The Shaffer's are college-educated—Mal with a Bachelor of Art in Business from Hardin Simmons University and a Master of Science in Cross Cultural Communication from the University of Kansas. Janice graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Journalism and earned additional hours in high school guidance and teaching.  

In addition to teaching English and Journalism at Salina High School in Kansas, and at Baker High School in Georgia, Janice has taught Sunday School and conducted Bible Studies to children and adults in churches and chapels wherever Mal’s assignments took him, and she has volunteered in Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Army Community Service, and a multitude of community organizations as well as in the public schools.  

The Shaffers are grateful to their parents—Ira and Louise Graham of El Dorado as well as Bayard and Nadine Shaffer of Abilene, TX—who sacrificed and supported their pursuits for a college education in a time when the financial challenges were not as great as they are today.  While these dear ones were not by any stretch of the imagination wealthy, the importance of industry and honesty were steadfastly taught and exemplified in their homes.

Robert (Bob) Shelton Scholarship
The Shelton scholarship was created in 1981 in memory of Robert N. Shelton and in honor of his wife Thelda of El Dorado and his children, Bob Shelton, and Sondra Hackler.

Shipley Family Scholarship
The Shipley Family Scholarship was established in 2011 by Curt and Judy Shipley. Curt was an educator for 13 years as a teacher and a coach at Milton High School and Garden City High School.  Curt later served as the Butler Grizzly basketball coach and Athletic Director.  Curt was also the Dean of Math, Science, and Behavioral Science at Butler.  Curt retired from Butler in 1996 after 26 years of service. Curt’s wife Judy was an elementary school teacher and the middle school secretary.  Before Judy’s retirement in 2005 she was a realtor for 20 years.

Dorothy I. Shoemake Memorial Scholarship
The Shoemake scholarship was established in 1985 in memory of Dorothy Shoemake of El Dorado, the greatly loved mother of three daughters, whose dream it was to become a nurse which was unfulfilled in the 1930′s due to financial reasons. It was Dorothy’s desire to help other young women realize their dream.

Ernest C. Skiles Memorial Scholarship
This unrestricted scholarship was established in 1984 in memory of Ernest Skiles.

Ray L. & Edna Smith Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established in 1979 by Ray L. and Edna V. Smith. Mr. Smith was a local resident and businessman.

Richard I. Spann Scholarship
Mr. Spann taught business classes at Butler Community College in the 1930’s. He lived in the Kansas City area and passed away in 2005.

Spradling Student Success Scholarship

Stanley Family Scholarship

Rita Sullivan Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Rita Sullivan, manager of the Butler Bookstore.

George E. Swift Jr. Scholarship
The George Swift Scholarship was established in 1973 in memory of George Swift by his wife, Juanita.  George taught business classes at Butler Community College.

Manley & Lois Tague Agriculture Scholarship
This fund was established by Lois Tague in memory of her husband. The award may also be used to support the agriculture program needs as identified by the instructor.

Robert Y. &  Florence M. Taliaferro Scholarship
This scholarship was established through a planned gift by Mr. Robert Y. Taliaferro at the time of his passing in 2005. His wife, Florence, had passed away a few years prior to him.

Technology Scholarships

Vietti Student Success Fund
The Vietti Student Success Fund is to benefit needy Butler students. Dr. Jackie Vietti was the president of Butler for 17 years and received the lifetime title of president emeritus in 2013.

Ervin A. & Ann H. Voth Scholarship
This endowed scholarship fund was established in 1990 in memory of Ervin Voth, by his wife Ann and family. The Voth’s were from Rosalia, Kansas.  Mr. Voth passed away in February 1987 and Mrs. Voth passed away in May 2002.  Mr. Voth was a charter member of the Rosalia Lions Club, charter member of the Butler County Mental Health Association; and a charter member of the SBEBSQA in El Dorado.  He was also a member of the El Dorado Lions Club, Farm Bureau and Political Action groups.  Mr. Voth took active role in the community and education programs.  Mrs. Voth was a member of the Mennonite, Methodist, and Baptist churches alongside her husband.  She was selected to leadership positions in parent/teacher organizations and participated in activities in the church.  She sang in various groups, including Sweet Adelines.  Mrs. Voth was known for her spirit of independence, friendly smile, and interest in education.

Marguerite & LeRoy Waite Scholarship
This endowed general scholarship fund was established in 1993 in memory of Marguerite and LeRoy Waite by friends and family. LeRoy was born in the 19th century in a cabin near Santa Fe Lake Road, south of Towanda, Kansas. He died at the age of 109 and was the great-grandfather of former Endowment Association President Stephen Waite and father of Noble Waite of El Dorado.

Stephen L. & David A. Waite Scholarship

L.U. West Basketball Scholarship
L.U. West was a lifetime resident and supporter of the Butler County education system.  He worked all his life to further higher education for others.  He was an avid fan of all Butler Community College sports, especially basketball and football.  He was a track athlete in his youth.

Robert F. White Trust Scholarship for Agriculture

K.T. Wiedemann Memorial Scholarship
The Wiedemann fund was established in 1971 in memory of K.T. Wiedemann, a well-known Butler County oil man and rancher. He died in 1961 of injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Gary E. Wilkerson, RN. Scholarship for Nursing
Established by Gary Wilkerson’s wife, Cheryl, and two sons, Matthew and Marcus Wilkerson in his memory. Gary Wilkerson, of Severy, was a longtime El Dorado resident who graduated from Butler County School of Nursing in 1982. He worked as a nurse for 24 years, the past 10 at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital as a surgery and recovery nurse.

Ruth Wilson-Brooks Nursing Scholarship
Aaron Wilson is the brother of Ruth Wilson-Brooks.  It was his desire to honor his sister with a scholarship in her name.

Wilson-Hartwig Scholarship
This scholarship is endowed by Red and Pauline Wilson’s daughters, Suzanne Miller and Joan Sanders.

This scholarship honors Orlan “Red” and Pauline Wilson and their deceased daughter Paula Hartwig.  Red and Pauline were lifetime residents of Butler County, Kansas; Red from Potwin and Pauline from El Dorado.  Pauline is a 1940 graduate of El Dorado Junior College.  Due to Pauline’s ties to the college, Paula attended Butler and graduated in 1987 with her Nursing Degree.  Paula furthered her education and received her BSN from St. Mary’s of the Plains. Paula worked for the VA Hospital in Wichita, Kansas at the time of her death in 2007.

Red and Pauline were married on December 31, 1946 after Red served his country during WWII in the Navy.  Both Pauline and Red were members of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as officers.  Red was also a Mason.  Pauline worked as a loan officer for Eureka Federal Savings and Loan while Red was in the oil business.  Together Red and Pauline owned and operated Wilson Drilling Company.  In 1980 they retired to Beaver Lake in Arkansas.  Both Pauline and Red were football enthusiasts, particularly Red.  He enjoyed the El Dorado Wildcats, Butler Grizzlies and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Walter & Cuma Woods Scholarship
Cuma Woods established this scholarship in memory of her husband Walter in 1985. Mr. Woods was an educator in Leon and Whitewater, Kansas schools and served as superintendent of Kansas State Boy’s Industrial School in Topeka for two years. For more than 20 years, he served with the Butler County Conservation District and was contracting officer for the Little-Walnut Hickory and Muddy Creek.

Bill & Martha Wyss Scholarship
Martha Wyss established this scholarship in honor of her deceased husband, Bill. The Whyss’ spent all of their lives in Butler County and were very involved in the community.  For this reason, Martha chose to have the scholarship support a student from one of the Butler County high schools.

Helen Teter Zebold Math/Science Scholarship
The fund was established in 1986 in memory of Helen Teter Zebold.  Helen and her husband, Robert, were partners in the T-Z land and Cattle Company.  The award is announced at the Order of the Purple academic honors ceremony prior to commencement. The recipient is chosen by science faculty and must be transferring to another institution.

Carter Zerbe Family Memorial Scholarship
Carter J. Zerbe was a 53-year resident of Augusta, Kansas, active as a community and church leader.  He was the longtime publisher of the Augusta Daily Gazette until his retirement in 2004.  He also served as regional manager for Liberty Group Publishing after that company acquired the newspaper in the mid 1990s.

Carter was born in Burlington, Iowa, to a newspaper publishing family and held high regard for all aspects of community journalism—reporting and writing, photography, bookkeeping, advertising sales, page layout, printing and distribution.  After succeeding his father as full-time publisher of the Augusta Daily Gazette in 1979, he led the award-winning publication for more than 25 years, providing job opportunities to countless college students during hands-on internships.

Carter graduated with honors from Wichita State University, after attending night classes for nearly a decade as an adult student.  During his years as Gazette publisher, he served on the Augusta Unified School District 402 Board of Education for eight years, with one term as board president.  Following his retirement, Carter served on the Board of Trustees for Butler Community College, where he was board president for two terms.

A strong proponent for education, Carter worked hard to voice the business case for improved student access with expanded and improved facilities, strengthened academic programs to enhance achievement, and development of training opportunities that lead to gainful employment.  He was a tireless advocate for Butler students, particularly returning adults who attended while balancing other work and life responsibilities.