Harry and Connie Katowitz were lifelong residents of Jackson County, MO, and were very active in their community. In addition to founding and owning Katco Rubber and Supply Company in Independence, Harry was a member of the Sugar Creek Optimist Club and the Eagles Club, and Connie was a member of the American Business Women's Association, the Ladies' Oriental Shrine, and the Bingham-Waggoner Estate. Harry and Connie were also members of the Truman Library for many years. The Katowitzes cared deeply for children, sponsoring youth baseball and basketball teams and supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs for many years. The Katowitz family established this scholarship to honor Harry and Connie's legacy of supporting young people in the community.

For 2021, special consideration may be given to those applicants pursuing education, nursing, public health, or social work. This year, the family feels it is important to focus on those applicants interested in being the "helpers" Mr. Rogers referred to in his famous quote, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."



Up to $1,000 per academic year.


May be renewed for three additional years of funding if applicant continues to meet the above eligibility criteria. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment and a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0.


The General Application will be opened December 15 and will be due (including any additional requirements for scholarships you may be matched with) April 1.

Please note that the general application requires transcripts showing grades from Fall Semester 2023. Any applications submitted with transcripts omitting Fall Semester 2023 will not be considered.



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