Scholarship Information for KHSRA

*****2016-2017 Scholarship Packets will be handed out at the Kingman Rodeo and will be due back by May 1st 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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Scholarhsip Packet (Entire packet) - 2018
Fillable KHSRA Scholarship Application

Seniors - please email your senior picture and baby picture to ASAP

Mission Statement
“The Mission of the KHSRA Scholarship Committee is to provide scholarships for members planning to attend secondary educational opportunities and who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to and/or excellence as well as service and ambassadorship within this Association. The goal is also to support, promote and encourage the educational pursuits and goals of every Senior.”

~ 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.      

~State Awards~

~Kansas State University Scholarship~
he Kansas State University Rodeo Advisory Board will be generously awarding scholarships to the top 2 contestants qualified coming into the short-go of each "college event" at KHSRA State Finals, who are planning to attend KSU.
One Scholarship in the amount of $500, for the top spot and $250 to the runner up, in each "college event" for contestants planning on attending KSU and joining the rodeo team.
1. To be considered for this scholarship you must attend KSU, join the rodeo team and have no less than a 2.5 GPA.
2. Make the Short-Go at KHSRA State Finals.
3. Events considered are Bareback, Breakaway, Tie Down, Goats, Steer Wrestling, Saddle Bronc, Team Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.
4. To be considered for this scholarship you will need to fill out a KHSRA Scholarship Application & A "KSU Scholarship Application" at State Finals after making the short-go. You will get this form from Leslyn after the Short-Go draw is posted. A separate list will be posted by the draw listing the scholarship winners in each event who need to fill out a form ASAP.
5. $500 to the top qualifier and $250 to the runner up in each of the listed events.
a. 9 x $500 = $4,500 available
b. 9 x $250 = $2,250 available
c. For a tpta; pf $6,7500 available to KSU bound seniors!

~TRIA ENERGY Rodeo Scholarship ~

This scholarship will be awarded to a KHSRA Senior. It will be judged by the judges at finals. It will be a single $250 scholarship the first year, and will hopefully grow each year as more and more families become consumers of the products. The products are designed to keep young athletes healthy and competing at the top of their game. The importance of health and nutrition should begin at a young age and we are spreading the word through our programs. The students will write an essay on the importance of nutrition in the rodeo world.

~ 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.

~Deke & Kim Jennings Memorial Scholarship~

Deke Jennings was tragically killed in a water truck wreck in December 2016.  Deke was the owner of J & J Rodeo Company and loved the sport of rodeo.  He was well known in the rodeo world and worked very hard at promoting the sport.  He produced lots of Little Britches, High School, and Junior High Rodeos mainly to help out the kids who were learning the sport.  Deke also produced many adult rodeos with the Kansas Professional Rodeo Association, Mid-States Rodeo Association, and the Nebraska State Rodeo Association.  He took great pride in trying to provide the cowboys and cowgirls at his rodeos with top rodeo stock.
Deke was born December 3, 1947 to Otis and Shirley Jennings.  He graduated from Lakin High School in 1966 and served his country in the Vietnam War.  He ran Jennings Custom Cattle Works for many years working cattle coming into several feedlots in the area.  Deke married Kim Hornbaker in 1980 and together they became owners of J & J Rodeo Company.  Kim died in 2012 losing her fight with cancer.  Both Deke and Kim are missed tremendously not only by their family and many friends, but by the entire rodeo family.
The KHSRA rodeos will never be the same without Deke and we want his family to know how much we all miss him!  His laugh and mile wide smile were a fixture of our rodeos.  The family chooses the two recipients each receive $500.

~ 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.


~ 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.  
The family selects the recipient after reviewing the NHSRA application, paragraph and transcript of each applicant

~ 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.
The family selects the recipient after reviewing the NHSRA application, paragraph and transcript of each applicant
~ 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. 
The recipient of the scholarship will be selected by the family from a group that 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. 

~ KHSRA Scholarships ~
The Scholarship Committee earns money for scholarships by selling half and half tickets at each rodeo.  Half the funds go into a drawing given to some lucky ticket purchaser while the other half is added into the scholarship fund.  Other fundraising activities include clothing sales, silent auctions, bake sales and raffles.  Thanks to everyone who helps make our scholarship program a success.
The recipients will be selected by the judges.

~ K-State Rodeo Scholarship~
K-state will be awarding a scholarship to a receipient of their choosing. More details to come.

~ Brock Nichols memorial Scholarship~
This memorial scholarship is given in honor Brock Nichols, not for accomplishments in the arena, but for some one exhibiting determination, sportsmanship and a positive attitude.  Brock struggled in the bronc riding the first 2 years in high school rodeo and" took a pounding." He never gave up and conviction eventually lead to accomplishing his dream.  He was a PRCA card holder in saddle bronc riding. His humor and positive attitude made him popular in the rodeo world.  He enjoyed his business as a boot and saddle maker.  He thrived on being a ranch cowboy. The recipient is selected by the judges. 

~ NCK Saddle Club Concordia, KS~
The NCK Saddle Club in Concordia, Kansas hosts their annual Kansas High School Rodeo every year.  They have generously given to the scholarship program by having an open team roping on Friday night before the rodeo with all proceeds going to their scholarship.  This year the scholarship being awarded is $1,000 and they choose the recipients.