Algoth & Elma Lee (Bearley) Erickson Scholarship

ACE Foundation
Rawlins County
105 or 294
(Last day of every month)
(Last day of every month between
Applications are open year round

Elma Lee Bearley Erickson taught many years in Oberlin (USD 294) and Rawlins County (USD 105) schools and is remembered as a first grade teacher at Atwood Grade School with a passion for the young reader. She was a graduate of Atwood Community High School and received her bachelor and masters degrees from Fort Hays State University. Algorth (Al) graduated from Decatur Community High School and farmed south of Herndon. Both Elma and Al enjoyed being spectators at various events and traveling. Two of the highlights of their travels were attending President Dwight Eisenhower's inauguration and visiting the Holy Land. Elma and Al established this scholarship as an appreciation of each of their own educations.

Geographic Limitations:
Students graduating from USD 105 - Rawlins County High School


Students graduating from USD 294 – Decatur County High School

Selection is based on:

  • Character, 
  • Initiative, and 
  • Scholastic POTENTIAL. 

Strong consideration will begiven to students interested in careers involving:

  • Education,
  • Working with children, or
  • Agriculture.

Renewals: This award is not renewable.

Contact us for more information

105 W 4th Street
PO Box 593
Bird City, KS 67731
(785) 734-2406


Frequently Asked Questions

Community foundations have a simple mission with many moving parts. We aim to answer the most common questions people have here.

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Can I send a physical application as opposed to an online one?

All applications must be completed online. Paper copies are not accepted.

How will I know if I'm eligable?

Applicants will be required to complete an eligibility quiz at first logon to determine which scholarships they are eligible to apply.

How to apply for a scholarship?

Click HERE to create an account or login to the scholarship application portal.

Click HERE to learn how to apply for a scholarship online.

Can I use my high school email address?

Do NOT use your high school email address.  The email address used in the application will be the primary contact method throughout college if you receive a scholarship award.  If needed, create a personal email account in gmail, yahoo, etc. for permanent personal use.

What are the requirements for references?

Verify that your references are willing to provide a POSITIVE reference for you prior to listing them as a reference.  You will need their email address to enter into the application.

How should I approach my answers?

Let your personality shine and be thorough in your answers.  Your responses are key to the award selection process.

What happens if my application is accepted?

Once you are awarded a scholarship, you must login to the scholarship portal to complete the required follow up steps. Before the first scholarship payment can be released, you must:

  1. Accept the scholarship agreement.
  2. Provide a copy of your upcoming course schedule.

What if my scholarship is for multiple semesters?

If your scholarship is for multiple semesters, at the end of each semester you will need to login to the scholarship portal to provide  your current cumulative GPA and upcoming course schedule before the next scholarship payment can be released.

What happens if I fail to meet the minimum scholarship criteria?

GNWKCF ensures each scholarship fund establishing documents are carefully followed. Students must meet the minimum scholarship criteria at the time of enrollment or the awarded scholarship will be forfeited.

What happens if I fail to complete the follow up steps?

Failure to complete the follow up steps may result in forfeit of your scholarship.

Click HERE for instructions on completing Follow Up Forms.

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