Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund

Russell County Area Community Foundation
Russell County
Accepting Applications
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High school seniors living in Gorham Telephone Company’s service area (USD 299, 392, 399, 407 and 432)


Amount varies


  • 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 response will 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?


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.

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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