Listed below are scholarship opportunities. Be sure and read the qualifications before you apply. All scholarships should be turned in to the counseling center unless there is an online submission.Scholarships should be submitted by the due date listed above the description, not the one listed on the scholarship. Transcripts will be attached in the counseling center. An activities list is required for many applications. There is an example below.

Scholarships will be added regularly, so be sure to check back often for additional opportunities.


Elks Scholarship – “Most Valuable Student” 

Amount: $4,000 – 50,000 

Deadline: November 

The Most Valuable Student Scholarship is available to ANY senior that has an ACT or SAT score. Applicants do not need to be related to anyone associated with the Elks Organization to apply. The application is online at


United States JCI Senate Foundation 

Amount: $1,000 

Deadline: December 4th 

Each year, the U.S. JCI Senate Foundation ("the Foundation") grants $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The number of grants awarded annually is at the discretion of the Foundation and must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study. Checks awarded will be made out in the name of the recipient and the educational institution of the recipient's choice. 

Must be pursuing a degree at a 2-year or 4-year institution. 


Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution 

Amount: $2,000 

Deadline: December 4th 

A one-time preferred amount of $2,000.00 is awarded to a student pursuing a degree of his/her choice. This scholarship is offered to a graduating Missouri high school senior who plans to attend an accredited college or university in Missouri. There are several other scholarship opportunities available on this link through MSSDAR 


Earl Collins Foundation 

Amount: $1,000 

Deadline: December 4th 

The scholarship is based on academic achievement, volunteer, community and extracurricular activities, honors, educational objective, letters of recommendation, and financial need. You get bonus points if you are a Key Club member or have a Kiwanis family member. You do not need to be a Kiwanis member to apply.  Along with the application, you need evidence of your ACT/SAT scores, transcripts, extracurricular activities list (community, school, etc.) and a statement not to exceed one page in length of your educational plans and goals.

Two letters of recommendation are needed.  Earl Collins Application


Kelly Lynn Lutz Scholarship 

Amount: $2,000 

Deadline: December 4th 

Qualifications: To qualify, the recipient needs to meet the following criteria:  

  1. Lost the life of at least one parent (biological or not) to cancer before the age of 22. 
  2. Be a US citizen and live in Kansas or Missouri. 
  3. Attend a 2- or 4-year (minimum) higher education establishment. 
  4. Have an interest in education, arts, environment, math, or science. 
  5. Show service involvement in the community, church, school, or other non-curricular activity. 
  6. Indicate financial need. 
  7. Submit the completed application, including personal essay and reference. 
  8. Submit a copy of the parent’s death certificate. 
  9. Submit a current picture of yourself and a family picture that includes the deceased parent.    

Dispersion: The scholarship will be a $2,000 gift, renewable for up to a total of four years ($8,000 total maximum), and awarded annually. For renewal, the receiver will be responsible to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale. 


Burger King Scholars 

Amount: $1,000 

Deadline: December 8, 2020 

Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be involved in community and school activities, and plan to enroll at an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. Applicant does not have to be an employee of Burger King to apply. 


National Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 

Amount: Varies 

Deadline: January 30 

Each year the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of higher education in diverse areas of study including history, economics, law, political science, medicine, nursing, occupational and physical therapy, elementary and secondary education, chemistry, math, science and English.


Kansas City Associated Equipment Distributors 


Deadline: January 8th 

Applicant must be enrolled as full-time student (12 hour minimum per semester). Applicant must be enrolled for the fall semester for the year in which the scholarship is awarded.  Applicant must be pursuing an associate of applied science degree or certificate in either Diesel Mechanics or Heavy Equipment Repair. Applicant must be in good academic 


National Eagle Scout Association 

Amount: Varies 

Deadline: February 5, 2021 

Must be a NESA member to receive scholarship. Applications are available online at


Name: Dr. George S Richmond Memorial Scholarship (Sunrise Optimist Club) 

Amount: $1,000 

Deadline: February 26 

Open to all graduating seniors in Andrew and Buchanan County who will be attending Missouri Western 

State University. Three letters of recommendation are required, and students will respond to a few short 

questions. The letters of recommendation and clarity to which the questions are answered effect the scoring 

of the application the greatest. It is important that students complete the Family Income Field as it 

influences 20% of the overall score. The winner of the scholarship will attend an Optimist Club meeting as a guest for breakfast. 

Sunrise Optimist Application


Associated General Contractors of Missouri  

Amount: $1,000-$3,000 

Deadline: March 1, 2021 

 These links are for scholarship information and applications. The AGCMO Education Foundation Scholarships are awarded to students entering the construction industry or a related field, such as engineering (civil, mechanical, etc.) or architecture. The information page provides more details on the qualifications for application and how to submit the application with the required additional information. Last year a total of $58,000 was divided between 28 students in $1000, $2000, or $3000 amounts.

Application Information 

Skilled Trades Application 

College Application 


Southside Rotary 

Amount: TBD 
Deadline: March 5, 2021 
This scholarship is for Benton seniors who will be continuing their education.

Southside Rotary Application


Frances Farris/Booster Club 

Amount: Varies 

Deadline: March 5th 

This scholarship is open to all Benton seniors.  
Frances Farris/Booster Club Application


“The Scholarship” 

Amount: Varies 

Deadline: March 5th 

This scholarship is open to Benton seniors continuing to college or trade school. Applicants must have a 19 or higher ACT and 3.0 or higher GPA. 

"The Scholarship" Application



Amount: Last year $5,000 over four years. Amount varies. 

Deadline: March18th 

This scholarship is for students who have attended Benton High School for at least 3 years. Students need to be ambitious and good citizens. Financial need must be demonstrated. Previous year’s tax returns required. 

Drowns/Clay/Keener Application


Friends of Hyde Park/Southside Fall Festival 

Amount: $1,000 

Deadline: March 30th

This scholarship is for Benton students who have financial need, a minimum 2.5 unweighted GPA and an ACT score of 17 or above. Along with the application a cover letter, activity resume and transcript must be attached. Applications need to be submitted in the counseling center. 

 Friends of Hyde Park Application 


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