John S. Barrett, Sr. was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He served as a military police officer during the Vietnam War and was a 25-year veteran police officer with the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department.

After retirement, John served the community of Lathrop, Missouri, as a member of the Lathrop Board of Education, the Rural Water District Board of Directors, the Lathrop Fire Protection District Board of Directors and the Lathrop Rotary Club.

John was a man that understood the value of a good education. He continuously encouraged young people to attend college and earn a degree because “that piece of paper would open many doors for them.”

This scholarship was established in memory of John by his wife, Virginia, and his children, John S. Barrett, Jr. and Amy G. Barrett. It is the hope of John’s family that this scholarship will help open doors for its recipients.



Up to $1,000.


Not a renewable scholarship.


Applications must be submitted by April 15.


For application information, please see counselors at Lathrop High School.