The Gwendolyne Hawley Trust Scholarship Award Program

The Gwendolyne Hawley Trust Scholarship Award Program is designed to assist deserving
post-secondary students who are blind or visually impaired with their education. Students are selected
for the awards based on a variety of factors that indicate their high potential to make our investment in
their future a worthwhile venture.

The Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB) and its foundation, the KC Blind All-Stars, are responsible
for distributing the Gwendolyne Hawley Trust on behalf of the Hutchinson Community Foundation. The
late Mrs. Hawley of Hutchinson, Kansas, left this trust to assist blind students with their post-secondary
education. This will be the 25th year the scholarship has been awarded. The amounts of the scholarship
awards have ranged from $500 to $3,350. Please share this information with others who are familiar
with students who meet the following criteria:

  • Kansas resident who is blind or visually impaired.
  • Enrolled in or entering a formal course of study via one of the following by September, 2022
    • Vocational training Program – must be licensed and accredited
    • University
    • College
  • Taking nine (9) hours (or the equivalent) of undergraduate courses, or six (6) hours (or the
    equivalent) of graduate courses.
  • Must be sponsored by a teacher, counselor, professor, or other professional involved with the
    applicant in an official capacity. (see Sponsor form)
  • Must complete all required components of the application and provide all required
    documentation.
  • Please note there are both student and sponsoring adult sections of the application form.

Application deadline is June 17, 2022.

2022 Gwendolyne Hawley Trust Scholarship Application

PDF of Gwendolyne Hawley Trust Scholarship Informationopens WORD file

The Kansas Society for Children with Challenges
  • Eligibility Guidelines:
    • The needs of handicapped or disabled Kansas children under the age of 21 will be considered if a parent or guardian is unable to meet the costs involved for medical services or equipment or if no other source of financial assistance is available. Any health care insurance benefits available to the child’s family will be taken into consideration before the Society extends financial support.
  • Application Procedures:
    • Because every child’s needs are unique, the Society evaluates all applications on a case-by-case basis. Parents or guardians can make an initial inquiry by letter, phone, e-mail, fax or in person. All applications are carefully reviewed and the parent or guardian contacted if more information is needed in order for our staff to make a final determination of eligibility. There is no cost associated with applying for financial assistance and every effort is made to help as many families as possible.To apply for assistance, click here for our contact information.
Donald J. Pickering Scholarship Opportunity for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

The Donald J. and Marcia Pickering Scholarship will be distributed by the KC Blind All-Stars Foundation every spring, in memory of Don Pickering. Mr. Pickering dedicated 38 years of his life to the education of students with disabilities, including those who were blind, throughout the midwest. He was instrumental in the formation of the Nebraska State School for the Blind (now the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired), prior to his tenure as principal of the Kansas State School for the Blind, where he began as a vocational training administrator. He proudly served as principal at KSSB for 12 years, until his retirement in 1995.

Mr. Pickering, supported by his beloved wife Marcia, began his career as a shop teacher for the visually impaired where, in these early days of his career, he took great satisfaction in teaching his wood shop students to use power tools. He enjoyed helping students create a tangible product that they could be proud of, to aid in fostering their self-esteem and self-worth. He believed in the importance of setting goals for oneself and working diligently to achieve them. Mr. Pickering was pragmatic and compassionate, and he cherished the opportunity to teach his students that, no matter what their circumstances are in life, it was crucial to take pride in what you do. He was passionate in his commitment to the betterment of his students, and believed that anything worth doing takes patience and perseverance.

The scholarship will be awarded each spring to a student who is blind or visually impaired, to assist in expenses for technical education or skill-based training after graduation from high school, or completion of the Transition Program at the Kansas State School for the Blind. Meant for goal-oriented students who take pride in their work, the intent of this gift is to provide a foundation for students who require skilled training to build their career, and who will use this scholarship opportunity to foster a life they can be proud of.

Scholarship criteria:

  • Enrolled in or entering a formal course of study by the month of September.
  • Vocational training program must be licensed and accredited.
  • Must be sponsored by a teacher, counselor, professor, or other professional involved with the applicant in an official capacity.
  • Must complete all required components of the application and provide all required documentation.
  • The student does NOT need to be a KSSB student, but must be a student who is blind or visually impaired
    residing in the state of Kansas.
  • Must be sponsored by a teacher, counselor, professor, or other professional involved with the applicant in an official capacity. Please note there are both ‘student’ and ‘sponsoring adult’ sections of the application form.
  • Must complete all required components of the application and provide all required documentation.

Donald J. and Marcia Pickering Scholarship Applicationopens PDF file opens WORD file

PDF of Donald J. Pickering Scholarship Foundation Informationopens WORD file

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