Affiliate Board

Mallory Davis
Chair

Rhonda Haberer
Vice Chair

Chasen Katz
Secretary / Treasurer

Stephanie Dickerson
John O. Farmer IV
Donna Fay Major
Kristie Homeier
Mike McKenna
Morgan Murphy
Marty Myers
Jeff Ochampaugh
Kristen Windscheffel

Staff

Angela Muller
Executive Director

Contact Information

RCACF
P.O. Box 172
507 N Main
Russell, KS 67665

785-445-3611

rcacf@eaglecom.net

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Russell County Area Community Foundation

The Foundation became an affiliate of Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation on January 1, 2022.

Foundation Funds:

DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS:

Enables donors to recommend grants to the charitable organizations or programs of their choice.

  • Derril & Marvel Castor Fund
  • Dolores Y. & Robert L. Earnest Fund
  • Don H. & Sandy Krug Fund
  • Dr. Charles & Barbara Stinchcomb Fund
  • Edwin W. Olson Family Fund
  • Fred & Joan Weigel Fund
  • Henry & Marjorie L. Pohlman Fund
  • Leon & Christina Huxman Fund
  • Mary Keeler’s Children’s Fund
  • Matt Driscoll Fund
  • Michael S. Holland Fund for Russell Regional Hospital
  • Mike & Nancy Holland Fund
  • Murphy Family Fund
  • Myers Family Memorial Fund
  • Patrick R. & Elaine M. Hilger HOPE Fund
  • Rotary Club of Russell Fund
  • USD 407 Fund
  • Franc E. Wagner Fund
  • Wallace N. Weber, M.D. Fund

DESIGNATED FUNDS

Provides annual support for specific charities selected by the donor.

  • David Goddard Fund for the Russell Boy Scouts
  • David M. Shumaker Memorial Geology Fund
  • Dean C. Banker Fund for the Russell County Historical Society
  • Dick Phinney & Joan Phinney Jillson Russell Regional
  • Hospital Equipment Enhancement Fund
  • Ethel A. John Fund for the Natoma Community Center
  • Ethel A. John Fund for Peace Lutheran Church, Natoma, KS
  • Hazel A. Olson Trinity United Methodist Church Fund
  • Helen Polcyn St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Gorham Cemetery Fund
  • Jay & Micki Sweeney Fund
  • Joel Stull Memorial Agricultural Scholarship Fund
  • Kansas Health Foundation Operating Fund for Russell County
  • Kay Shank Fund
  • Keep the Dream Alive Fund
  • Max & Whilmetta Horn Fund
  • Natoma Heritage Seekers Pohlman Building Fund
  • Natoma Presbyterian Church Preservation Fund
  • Pay It Forward Scholarship Fund
  • Robert & Melinda Olson Designated Fund
  • Russell City Cemetery Fund
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Gorham, KS, Building & Grounds Fund
  • The Bill Gilpin Fund for Russell County Youth Activities
  • The Friends of the Deines Cultural Center Emma M. Gaines Memorial Fund
  • The Russell Backpack Fund
  • V. Frankie & Reba M. New Fund

FIELD OF INTEREST FUNDS:

Enable donors to support a designated cause or geographic area. (e.g. the arts, a specific community, etc.)

  • Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund – Russell
  • Girl Scouts of Russell, Kansas Fund
  • Helen A. Hampl Student Aid Fund
  • Kansas Health Foundation Children’s Fund
  • Russell Area Youth Activities Fund
  • Russell Schools Apple Seed Fund

ORGANIZATION FUNDS:

Provides annual income for nonprofit organizations in support of their charitable work.

  • Coronado Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America Fund
  • Grassroots Arts Center Fund
  • Russell County Historical Society Legacy Fund
  • Russell Public Library Fund
  • Russell Regional Hospital aaFund
  • St. John Lutheran Church, Russell, KS Endowment Fund
  • St. Mary, Queen of the Angels Parish, Russell, Kansas Fund

ADMINISTRATIVE FUNDS:

Supports foundation operations.

  • Russell Administrative Fund

PROVISIONAL FUNDS

Supports groups or organizations raising money for a specific community project.

  • Russell County Area Pass Through Fund
  • USD 407 Schools Improvement Planning Fund

UNRESTRICTED FUNDS

Supports foundations community grantmaking.

  • Fund for a Better Russell County Area

Grants: FALL application cycle open August 10- September 30

RCACF accepts grant applications at the following times:

A Project / Request Budget Template is required for all grants. Click HERE to download the budget template in an excel format and Click HERE to download as a fillable PDF.

Scholarships:

Applications for scholarships to be awarded the Spring of 2022 must be applied for through Greater Salina Community Foundation.

NOTE: If you applied for a scholarship in Fall 2021 and need to apply again, please email scholarships@gscf.org to request the eligibility quiz to be reopened.

Beginning in the fall of 2022, GNWKCF will accept applications for RCACF scholarship funds.

Adolph Boehler Student Aid Fund

AMOUNT:
Varies

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATIONS:
Students graduating from Russell High School

CRITERIA:

  • Applicants must be students in good standing qualifying for graduation from Russell High School.
  • Applicants must have a financial need.
  • Applicants must have an interest in a college education.
  •  Applicants must have demonstrated scholastic ability.

RENEWALS:
This award is not renewable.

David Ochs Memorial Scholarship

AMOUNT:
Varies

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATIONS:
Students graduating from Russell High School

CRITERIA:

  • Applicants must be students in good standing qualifying for graduation from Russell High School.
  • Applicants must be members of current year’s graduation class or a prior recipient of a scholarship from this fund.
  • Applicants must have a financial need.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated scholastic ability.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated qualities of leadership.
  • Scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for renewal by being in good standing at a college, university, or vocational technical school and meeting the above criteria.

RENEWALS:
This award is not renewable.

Doran and Bina Dole Scholarship

AMOUNT:
Two new $2,500 scholarships will be awarded.  One will be renewable for four years.

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATIONS:
Students graduating from Russell High School

CRITERIA:

  • Applicants must be students in good standing for graduation from Russell High School.
  • Applicants will attend an accredited post-secondary institution including trade school, college, or university.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA.
  • Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and/or to students with a genuine disability.

RENEWALS:
Scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for renewal by meeting the following criteria:

  • Recipient must be a full-time student and submit a transcript and proof of enrollment for the coming year.
  • Recipients must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative college GPA.

Elaine Hilger Scholarship

AMOUNT:
Varies

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATIONS:
Students graduating from Russell High School

CRITERIA:

  • Applicants shall be in good standing qualifying for graduation from Russell High School, or a former graduate from Russell High School.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time course of study at a four-year college or university.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with an interest in music or a career in the medical field.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Applicants have demonstrated good citizenship and moral character.
  • Applicants must submit an essay describing future goals, and if applicable, how music has impacted their life.
  • Applicants must provide one letter of recommendation.

RENEWALS:
This award is not eligible for renewal.

Ervin & Denzell Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

AMOUNT:
Varies

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATIONS:
Students graduating from Russell High School

CRITERIA:

  • Applicants shall be in good standing qualifying for graduation from Russell High School.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time course of study at a four-year college or university seeking a degree in the college of education or agriculture.
  • Applicants must have academic achievement in high school.
  • Applicants must have extra-curricular involvement in high school.
  • Applicants must demonstrate good citizenship and character.
  • Preference shall be given to applicants not receiving state academic scholarships.

RENEWALS:
This award is not renewable.

  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.
  • Applicants must have participated in a least two sanctioned extra-curricular activities during their Junior and Senior years (Minimum of one activity per year).
  • Applicants must be degree seeking at any post-secondary institution.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of financial need, which is to be used as a determining factor in cases of equal merit.

RENEWALS:
This award is not renewable.

Joshua Scholarship

AMOUNT:
Varies

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATIONS:
Graduates or students in good standing to graduate from a high school in Russell County, KS

CRITERIA:

  • Applicants must be a graduate or a student is good standing qualifying for graduation from a high school in Russell County, Kansas.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time course of study at a college, university, or vocational or technical school in the academic year for which the scholarship is applied.
  • Applicants must be 30 years of age or younger at the beginning of the academic year for which the scholarship is applied.
  • Applicants must exhibit academic achievement.
  • Applicants must be involved in extracurricular activities or out of school employment.
  • Applicants must demonstrate good citizenship and character.
  • Applicants must have financial need.
  • Scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply for renewal.

RENEWALS:
Scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply for renewal as part of the total applicant pool.

Kenneth Dumler Memorial Scholarship

AMOUNT:
Varies

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATIONS:
Students graduating from Russell High School

CRITERIA:

  • Applicants must be students in good standing qualifying for graduation from Russell High School.
  • Applicants must be a member of the current year’s graduating class.
  • Applicants must have a financial need.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated scholastic ability.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated qualities of leadership and citizenship.

RENEWALS:
This award is not renewable.

Murphy Memorial Scholarship

AMOUNT:
Varies

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATIONS:
High school seniors living in Gorham Telephone Company’s service area (USD 299, 392, 399, 407 and 432)

CRITERIA:

  • Applicants should be high school seniors living in areas served by the following school districts:  USD 299, 392, 399, 407 and 432.  (Applicants may apply from either public or private schools).
  • Applicants must display a strong sense of community involvement and leadership.
  • Applicant must submit an essay (100 words or less) that outlines his/her major accomplishments, and a challenging experience and how it affected him/her.
  • Applicant must submit two letters of recommendation-one from a high school faculty member and one from a community leader.  Each letter needs to address the following questions:
    • What is your relationship with the applicant?
    • What do you consider to be the applicant’s strengths?
    • What do you consider to be the applicant’s weaknesses?
    • Does the applicant exhibit leadership skills?  Please explain.
    • Is there any other information the scholarship committee should know about the applicant?

RENEWALS:
Students may apply for renewal as part of the total applicant pool by meeting the following requirements:

    • Recipients must continue to show a strong sense of community involvement and leadership.
    • Applicants must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Paul E. Ruggels Memorial Scholarship

AMOUNT:
Varies

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATIONS:
Russell High School or Natoma High School graduates

CRITERIA:

  • Applicants must be graduates of Russell High School or Natoma High School.
  • Applicants must have completed their first academic year of post secondary education with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Applicants must be 30 years of age or younger at the beginning of the academic year for which the scholarship is applied.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time course of study at a college, community college, university or vocational technical school in the academic year for which the scholarship is applied.
  • Selection will be based upon academic achievement and financial need.
  • Preference will be given to applicants pursuing a degree or certification in a health care related field.
  • Award will be distributed by semester.  In order to receive the second semester installment, the recipient must submit a college transcript.

RENEWALS:
This award is not renewable.

Pohlman Family Scholarship

AMOUNT:
Two recipients will each receive $500.

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATIONS:
Students graduating from USD 407 or USD 399

CRITERIA:

  • Applicants shall be seniors in good standing qualifying for graduation and living in the areas served by USD 407 and USD 399.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Applicants need to be involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Applicants must demonstrate academic ability.
  • Applicants must submit a short essay (100 words) regarding their future plans.
  • Preference will be given to applicants showing financial need and taking into consideration the applicant’s other scholarship awards.

RENEWALS:
This award is not renewable.

RHS Class of 1952 Scholarship

CONTACT RUSSELL HIGH SCHOOL TO APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP

AMOUNT:
Varies

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATIONS:
Students graduating from Russell High School

CRITERIA:

  • Applicants must be a resident of Russell County during the fall and spring semesters of their senior year.
  • Applicants must be a RHS graduating senior at the end of the spring semester.
  • Applicants must be of good work ethic and of a high moral standard.
  • Submit documented proof that additional full-time schooling at a college, university, community college or vocational technical school including proprietary schools is being sought.
  • Submit a list of your intended professional goals.
  • Submit a list of your immediate post-high school plans.
  • Submit a list of your Humanitarian and Civic Service Experiences.
  • Submit a brief essay describing the impact you anticipate making in your community following post high school education or training.

RENEWALS:
This award is not renewable.

Sean Paul Banks Memorial Scholarship

AMOUNT:
Varies

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATIONS:
Students graduating from Russell High School

CRITERIA:

  • Applicants must be in good standing qualifying for graduation from Russell High School.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Applicants must be involved in at least 2 sports activities during their senior year.
  • Applicants must demonstrate good leadership, citizenship, and moral character.
  • Applicants must provide 2 letters of recommendation.

RENEWALS:
This award is not renewable

Making a Donation

If you would like to donate to the Russell County Disaster Relief Fund, you can contribute through any of these methods:

  • Donate now securely online at: https://www.gnwkcf.org/donate-rcacf-disasterfund.
  • Mail your donation to RCACF, c/o GNWKCF, PO Box 593, Bird City, KS 67731 (specify Russell County Disaster Relief Fund in the memo).
  • Drop a check off at the Russell County Area Community Foundation office at 507 N. Main Street in Russell.

Click HERE for additional information about making donations or planning a gift.

Founding Donors

We are forever grateful for the support of these generous donors who heard the story and believed in the vision of the Russell County Area Community Foundation.

Individuals and Families

Dolores Y. & Robert L. Earnest
Patrick & Elaine Hilger
Catherine Holland
Michael & Nancy Holland
Max Horn
Leon & Christina Huxman
Leo & Alma Michaelis
Michael & Tonya Murphy
Martin Myers
Henry & Marjorie Pohlman
Starr F. Schlobohm
Dr. Wallace N. Weber
Fred Weigel, Jr.

Business Entities

United National Bank

Other Information

RCACF Information Brochure
RCACF Benefits of Charitable Giving
Give a Gift of Grain – Donation Brochure
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Keep 5 in Kansas

We have an opportunity in Russell County to turn our hopes for the future into reality!  If we capture a portion of the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next – even just 5% – by setting up endowments through the Russell County Kansas Community Foundation, we could provide a permanent source of funding for our local organizations and causes that will greatly improve the lives of the residents of Russell County.

To learn how you can Keep 5 in Ruseell County, visit www.keepfiveinkansas.com.

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