This scholarship was established by Michael and Mary Jo (Jody) Watkins to benefit first-generation college students graduating from Raytown School District high schools. Dr. and Mrs. Watkins were both educators in the Raytown School District during their careers. Dr. Watkins was Superintendent from 1996 – 2001, and Mrs. Watkins taught at Robinson Elementary School for 16 years.
- Must be a graduating senior from Raytown or Raytown South High School;
- Must be a first-generation college student;
- Must have demonstrated financial need;
- Must have demonstrated perseverance;
- Must qualify for Advanced Diploma Path 1 or 2;
- Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited junior college, college, or university.
Up to $1,200 per academic year.
Yes, this scholarship can be renewed for three additional years of funding. A renewal application must be submitted with proof of continuing college enrollment and a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.5.
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.
- Personal essay - Harbinger: "A person, object or event heralding the future." "A forerunner" "Something that comes before and shows what will be the future." As the first person from your family to attend an institution of higher learning, you represent the hopes and dreams of what will come later. In 350-500 words describe what it means to be the first from your family to go to college.
- Two personal references from a teacher, coach, family friend, whomever you believe can speak to your character best.