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Midway District

Midway Extension District #15

Ellsworth Office:
210 N. Kansas
Suite #1, Courthouse
Ellsworth, KS 67439

Russell Office:
309 S. Fossil
Russell, KS 67665

Hours: Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12-1)


Scholarships are gifts. They don't need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking information in a public library or online. But be careful. Make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate; and remember that you don't have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid. 

Within this section we have information for scholarships provided by:

Additional scholarship resources are listed under "Spotlight on Scholarships" to the right.

Also, you can try these free sources of information about scholarships:

  • the financial aid office at a college or career school
  • a high school or TRIO counselor
  • the U.S. Department of Labor’s FREE scholarship search tool
  • federal agencies
  • your state grant agency
  • your library’s reference section
  • foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups
  • organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
  • ethnicity-based organizations
  • your employer or your parents’ employers

Additional information is available at:



Michelle Beran

4-H Youth Development Agent
309 S Fossil
Russell, KS 67665



Additional Scholarships Available

Vanier Family Scholarship Program

The Vanier Family Scholarship Program was established in 2016 to enhance the strong leadership skills already exhibited by 4-H members. This program invests in the educational endeavors of young people who have overcome challenges in their lives to pursue their educational goals. Scholarship recipients will be recognized leaders and role models within their home communities who have balanced “greater than usual” demands and contributed in positive ways as a 4-H member and citizen. 

Students will receive scholarships in the amount of $7,000/year for use at community or technical institutions and $12,000/year for use at baccalaureate institutions. Recipients will receive half of the scholarship for the fall semester and the remaining half in the spring. 

ELIGIBILITY for NEW 2019-20 applicants: 

  • Current or former Kansas 4-H member for 3 or more years 
  • Entering college for the first time as a full-time undergraduate student for the 2019-20 academic year  
  • Plans to enroll full-time in an accredited post-secondary institution for the 2019-20 academic year 
  • Extensive 4-H leadership at the local and county levels and/or Key Award winner 
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and leadership capabilities 



  • Applications and references must be received by Monday, April 15, 2019 Incomplete or late applications will not be considered
  • Finalists will be notified via email by May 10, 2019 and will participate in virtual interviews.
  • Virtual Interviews will be conducted May 13-17, 2019. 
  • Please do not call the State 4-H Office to confirm receipt of application or references.  You will receive a confirmation page and email after you have submitted your scholarship, reference information will not be given out, please confirm submission with  your references. 
  • Notification of advancement in selection process requires response within 24 hours or applicant will be removed from consideration. 

Application Link: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5ALpchjjFtVW937

Reference Link: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3PfmoHe3ZYigbnD

For more information about the application process, contact Sarah Keatley at the Kansas State 4-H Office at (785) 532-5800 or keatley@ksu.edu

Each applicant will need two references.  Applicants are responsible for getting information to their references. 


Kansas 4-H and Foster Care Resource Family Project & Camp Grant Programs

Kansas 4-H Youth Development, the Kansas 4-H Foundation and Saint Francis Community Services are working together to provide funding opportunities for children and families involved with foster care. The purpose of the Kansas 4-H Resource Family Project and Camp Grant Programs is to provide financial assistance for foster youth and their resource families who want to participate in learning opportunities available through 4-H.

Grants due May 1!

Family Project Grants
• Children must enroll as 4-H members through their local extension office.
• Eligible 4-H member can only apply for one 4-H project and one 4-H camp grant per year.
• Grant funds are for the purpose of starting or enhancing a 4-H project during the 4-H year such as purchasing a camera, craft supplies, clothing, feed, equipment, etc.
• Eligible 4-H member may request funds for supplies and equipment needed for participating in a pet or livestock project; however, funds are not available for the purchase of pets or livestock.
• Grant funding cannot include meal expenses.
• Items and supplies purchased from grant funding for 4-H project become the property of the eligible 4-H member.
• Liability, maintenance and warranty of the items and supplies purchased become the responsibility of the eligible 4-H member.


Kansas Masonic Foundation Scholarships

Kansas Masonic Foundation scholarships provide millions of dollars in support to Kansas students.  Since 1970, the Kansas Masonic Foundation has provided scholarships to university-bound students throughout the state, with nearly $4 million distributed so far.

For additional information, check out the KMF website.

Dane G. Hansen Scholarships 

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation awards approximately 280 new scholarships every year.

Since inception the Foundation has awarded approximately $22 million in scholarships to more than 6,000 students from Northwest Kansas.

Scholarships cover a variety of student needs, including high school seniors heading to traditional four-year universities, community colleges or technical schools.  Scholarships are also available for students graduating from 2-year programs and transferring to 4-year schools.

Additional Information & Applications