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Area students receive scholarships

The Sheridan County Community Foundation was pleased to present five scholarship awards to area students during the Saturday, May 11 Commencement Ceremony at Hoxie High School (USD 412).

Three scholarship funds are currently held at the Foundation. They include the Opal & Adolph Harris Estate Scholarship, the Youth on the Move Scholarship, and the newly established Pheasants Forever Memorial Scholarship.

The Opal & Adolph Harris Estate Scholarship was established to benefit graduates of Hoxie USD 412 or students who are home-schooled and live within the Hoxie School District. The 2024 scholarship recipients, each receiving an award of $1,750.00, were Josey Kennedy and Ella Zerr.

The Youth on the Move Scholarship was established to benefit graduates of Hoxie USD 412 who have been actively engaged in the community, especially youth activities, during their high school careers. Receiving the 2024 awards, which are sponsored by Hoxie Recreation for $250.00 each, were Levi Gleason and Kinley Rogers.

The Pheasants Forever Memorial Scholarship was recently established by the local Pheasants Forever organization to benefit graduates of Hoxie USD 412 who have completed the hunter’s education certification course. This scholarship is being endowed and will have the capacity to offer financial assistance for students pursuing post-secondary educational endeavors in perpetuity. The 2024 recipient in the scholarship’s inaugural year receiving $500.00 was Gavin Schippers.

“On behalf of the Foundation, I’d like to thank the individuals on each scholarship review committee for their time in reviewing all applications and making funding recommendations for each scholarship,” said Foundation Executive Director Karl Pratt. “We are pleased to be able to offer a handful of scholarships in support of these graduates. We are excited for them to begin the next chapter of their lives and wish the very best to all members of the Class of 2024!”

Donors interested in creating a scholarship or other grant fund with the Foundation are encouraged to contact Pratt at 785-675-1240 or

SCCF is an affiliate of the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation based in Bird City. The foundation seeks to encourage, prudently manage, and distribute charitable contributions to improve the quality of life of Sheridan County residents, now and in the future. To learn more, contact Pratt at 785-675-1240,, or visit Connect with SCCF at

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