Alicia Wolford was beloved by her husband Russell who chose to establish this scholarship in her memory after she passed away from ovarian cancer. Alicia graduated from Blue Springs High School and joined the Air Force Reserves following high school. She put herself through college and graduated with a degree in accounting. Alicia had a successful career in accounting and business because of her grit and determination.
Those characteristics also helped Alicia’s brave fight against ovarian cancer, during which she was able to continue working full-time until the week before her passing. During the last week of her life, Alicia used the word “jovial” in every conversation she had, and it was her final word. Russell believes Alicia’s extraordinary ability to see the beauty and possibilities in every situation, no matter how difficult, is how she should be remembered.
This scholarship was established to serve as an enduring memorial to Alicia’s life and to support students who have similar determination and positive attitude through adversity.
- Must be a graduating high school senior from any high school in Jackson County, MO;
- Must have demonstrated financial need;
- Must have demonstrated participation in extra-curricular activities such as sports, arts, clubs, or community service;
- Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5;
- Must have demonstrated determination and perseverance;
- Preference may be given to applicants who have had or have a parent that has had cancer.
Up to $1,000 per academic year.
Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for three additional years of funding if the student continues to meet the criteria for the scholarship. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment and a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.5.
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.
- Please upload a one-page essay of approximately 500 words addressing how overcoming adversity has impacted your life. If you or your parent have had cancer, please address how that experience has impacted your life and your drive to overcome adversity.
- Letter of Recommendation:
- Please provide a letter or recommendation from a teacher, coach, minister, mentor, or other influential adult in your life who can speak to your ability to overcome adversity.