Mike and Sharon Lutz live in the small, rural community of Butler. They have raised two daughters, built a business, and enjoyed a peaceful life far from the hustle and bustle of the KC metro. They knew they wanted to do something in their hometown, something that would make a lasting difference. Sharon was a teacher in the local schools for years, and Jim served on the school board, so some type of contribution to local education seemed like a good fit. They considered it for some time, not knowing exactly how to start. After a recommendation from a friend, Mike and Sharon came to THCF for some guidance. “Education is the key to a young person’s success in life,” Sharon explained, “so we wanted to do something that would encourage local kids to further their education.” The Butler R-V school district did an amazing job turning their own daughters into well-rounded women of the world, and they wanted to afford other students the same opportunities. They knew even though it was a small town; the school was turning out exemplary graduates. The Lutz Family Scholarship was established to meet the family's charitable goals and provide Butler High School students with a generous educational scholarship. Several aspects make the Lutz Family Scholarship unique. First, each student receives a multi-year scholarship. Every student awarded a Lutz Scholarship can renew it each year for up to four years. That’s $20,000, an amazing gift for any student. The scholarship can be used at a junior college, trade school, or university, whatever education avenue best suits the student. And there are no financial restrictions to the application; students are only required to have a desire to stay in school. “If we encourage and support higher education, all of our lives will be enriched,” Sharon remarked. “We are proud to be part of this community and help students reach their goals.” If you are trying to think of a way to make a lasting impact on your community, consider establishing a scholarship fund like the Lutz family. Go online , call the THCF office at 816.836.8189, or email Rachael, Director of Programs & Donor Services, to get started.