Steven Patrick “Pat” Barnhard graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1985. He went on to earn a B.A. in broadcasting with a minor in political science and an M.A. in history from Northwest Missouri State University. His love of history and political science led him to serve as an intern for Congressman Ike Skelton in 1991, through the Lyndon B. Johnson Congressional Internship program.

Pat’s compassion for those less fortunate led him to serve many times as the director of Camp Opportunity for abused and neglected children and as a YouthFriends mentor later in his life. His community involvement was substantial as well. He volunteered his time in leadership positions with the Independence Chamber of Commerce, American Foundry Society and the Kansas City Scottish Rite.

Pat was a successful businessman with Edward Jones Investments, helping individuals help themselves by guiding them toward financial security. He conducted his business and community dealings from the foundation of strong faith and served as a priesthood member of the Community of Christ and youth leader in his church congregation. His love of people and dedication to his family and friends were exemplary.

He is survived by his wife, Sonia, his children Mia and Noah and his parents, Dwight and Carolyn Barnhard. His family and friends established this scholarship as a tribute to the life of service that Pat led. The scholarship will support college education for graduating seniors from William Chrisman High School who plan to study history, political science or business and have a heart for community service.



Up to $500.


Not a renewable scholarship.


General applications and additional requirements are due February 24.

Please note that the general application requires transcripts showing grades from Fall Semester 2022. Any applications submitted with transcripts omitting Fall Semester 2022 will not be considered. We recommend getting started on your application as soon as you have received your Fall Semester 2022 transcripts so you have time to prepare the additional requirements.