PITTSBURG — Fifty Pittsburg High School seniors received one or more scholarships ranging from $200 to $1250 from the USD 250 Foundation.
On Tuesday, the students practiced for the scholarship reception — Feast and Follies — which is set for May 1 at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. The Feast and Follies ceremony funds the foundation, which funds scholarships for USD 250 students.
Feast and Follies is a “signature event” that was started over a decade ago, USD 250 Foundation President of Jeff Elliott said.
“It has proven to be successful,” he said. “We were looking for an entertainment piece for that, and since the event is indoors we thought our fine arts group, along with forensics, debate and those types of programs might have an opportunity to be featured.”
There a different types of scholarships. The Medallion Scholarship funds are raised through the foundation’s endowment and the main scholarship come from advised donors, Elliott said.
The average weighted GPA for the students receiving the Medallion scholarships is 4.03.
“The foundation’s primary purpose is to provide support for the school district in any number of ways,” Elliott said. “Scholarships are obviously one of the major functions and positive ways we can contribute.”
The students plan to attend college across the United States — including Pittsburg State University, Kansas University, Kansas State, WSU, University of Arkansas, MSSU, Purdue, Long Island, University of Iowa, Drake, University of Minnesota, Mid America Nazarene, Fort Scott Community College and Labette Community College.
They are also going in various areas of study including — pre-med, journalism, education, marine biology, music, law, fashion merchandising, graphic design, screenwriting, chemistry, coaching, business, communications, pre-PT, music education, manufacture engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer tech.
Most of the students are involved in several activities and organizations such as; theater, vocal music, instrumental music, forensics, volleyball, football, tennis, basketball, baseball, wrestling, softball, track, photojournalism, TSA, Booster, Spanish Club, HOSA, Math Club and Robotics.
Megan Mallatt Leadership Awards Scholarship recipient Grace Terry participated in choir, theatre, dance team all four years — including Feast and Follies. She plans to study nursing at Wichita State University.
“For me, it’s one of the highest honors because she was a dancer just like myself and I always strive to be a leader and a role model that other people can look up to just like Megan was, so for me I’m very, very honored to have received that scholarship,” Terry said.
Austin Edwards was involved in football, tennis, weight lifting, debate and forensics, Key Club, Pitt Merge and Student Council during his high school career. He received the $1,000 Medallion Scholarship and he said every little bit helps, particularly when he doesn’t qualify for some grants because of his parents’ “middle class” economic status.
He plans to study history and communications at Kansas State University. Edwards was also accepted into the university’s Honors College.
“I would really like to thank everyone who participated giving this opportunity to all of the students because this opportunity is not something all schools have especially whenever you have so many options for it,” Edwards said. “Fifty scholarships were awarded, that’s insane, that’s a lot of kids that were given an opportunity to further themselves.”
For the fourth and last time, Terry will dance with the dance team and sing with Encore. This will be her last dance performance of her high school career.
“It’s always something I get to look forward to each year for dance team,” she said. “This has been one of the biggest passions that I’ve always had and this my final time to dance with my high school friends I’ve made throughout the way and it’s a really amazing opportunity to show off all of the passions I have all throughout high school and all of the people I’ve met along the way.
“I tear up thinking about it, it’s a nice closure for the end of the year.”
Want to go?
Feast and Follies will begin at 6 p.m. on May 1, at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.
People can find ticket information online at www.usd250foundation.org
A variety show will feature performances by PHS Encore Choir, Theatre, Jazz Band, Dance Team and Forensics.
Dinner reservations are due by noon April 24. Performance tickets available at the door. Tickets are not mailed.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.