Appleton City R-II School District
408 W. 4th Street
Appleton City, MO 64724


Appleton City R-II School District

408 W. 4th Street
Appleton City, MO 64724

Scholarship Essays

Most scholarships will ask one or both of the following essay questions:

  • What are your future plans and goals?

  • Why do you believe you deserve this scholarship?

Students should prepare 500-word essays addressing each of the questions. It would also be helpful to keep a 250-word version of both essays, as some scholarships request shorter essays. It would also be acceptable to address both of the questions in a single essay.

Letters of Recommendation

Many scholarships require applicants to attach one or more letters of recommendation. Students should request three letters of recommendation from teachers, youth group leaders, and professional members of the community. Ask the person writing the letter to avoid referring to a specific scholarship. Also ask for permission to copy the letter so that you can use it for numerous scholarships.


It is helpful to prepare a resume with the following sections:

  • Organizations/Activities

  • Awards & Recognition

  • Community Service

  • Work (paid and unpaid)

Use bullets and be thorough as you list items in each category. Most scholarship applications are going to ask about information from these categories; therefore, to save time, you can type “See Resume” on the scholarship application and then simply attach your resume.

Financial Aid Resources

A+ Student Handbook
A+ Application
ACHS Course Descriptions
ACT School Code: 260065
Register for ACT Here

ACT Test Dates:

  • Sept 8, 2018

  • Oct 27, 2018

  • Dec 8, 2018 (at ACHS)

  • Feb 9, 2019 (at ACHS)

  • Apr 13, 2019 (at ACHS)

  • Jun 8, 2019

  • Jul 13, 2019

Information to help you register for the ACT can be found here.​


Missouri National Guard
Sgt Ryan Roberts
708 South Maguire
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Office: 660.747.8211

United States Army
SFC Kevin R. Bumgarner
800 E. Adrich
Bolivar, MO 65613
cell: 417.693.6178

Staff Sergeant Juan Corona
204 W Cherry St
Nevada, MO 64772
Office: 417.667.2716

Air National Guard
SSgt Ivan Rivera
509 Spirit Blvd, Suite 117
Whiteman AFB, MO 65305
Office: 660.687.4719

Interested in collegiate athletics?

2018-2019 Scholarship Bulletin

The Scholarship page is always being updated with current or new scholarship opportunities. Please visit this page regularly.

Monthly Scholarship Opportunity

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here:

Various Deadlines and Amounts

Scholarship America (numerous regional and national scholarships)

September 28

PEO Chapter CC of Appleton City STAR Scholarship. $2,500. Appleton City senior girls who wish to apply should submit a letter of intent to Mrs. Beckett by September 28, 3:00 PM. Applicant letter should contain academic information (GPA, ACT score, focus of study, accomplishments, organizations, and a quote or recommendation from a teacher), leadership skills, extracurricular activities, and community service.

September 30

Missouri Cattlemen’s Scholarship. $1,000. Applicants must be a current paid member of the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association or their parent/guardian must be a member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.

October 6

AES Engineers Consultants Scholarship. $500.  You are not required to be taking engineering courses to be eligible.  Students must submit an essay to one of the two questions that are posted.

October 15

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program.

Available in late October

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award. $1,000-$10,000

October 25

The Horatio Alger Association is offering scholarships which range in award value from $2,500 to $20,000 for students who provide financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Students must show a commitment to pursue a bachelor’s degree and be a U.S. citizen. Application must be submitted online at

October 31

Coca Cola Scholarship. $10,000-$20,000. Very competitive. Must have 3.0 or higher GPA.

National Eagle Scout Scholarships. Amounts vary.

November 6

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. $1,000. Based largely on community service.

November 15

Bates County Elks Scholarship, $500. Local winner goes on to district, state, and national competition for scholarships up to $60,000. Most Valuable Student Scholarship Application should be sent to: Bates County Elks Lodge #2653, P.O. Box 375, Butler, MO 64730.  Most Valuable Student Scholarship Application

Hagan Scholarship. $2,000-$10,000. Must have a 3.5 or higher GPA, 24 or higher ACT, and financial need.

November 27

Soil and Water Conservation Society. Show-Me Chapter Scholarship, $2,000.

December 7

National Honor Society Scholarship. Students must be a member of National Honor Society and must obtain login information from Mrs. Franklin.

December 14

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship  $10,000 (one winner per state)

Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador Program. $1,000.

December 15

University of Missouri Scholarships (FAFSA Priority Deadline: Feb 1st) SEO & Content Marketing Scholarship. $1,000. Requires applicants to submit an essay.

The Lead Roster B2B Sales & Marketing Scholarship. $1,000. Requires applicants to upload a Youtube video.

December 31

Imagine America Foundation  $1,000

January 1

National Wild Turkey Federation $250 local, $1,000 state and $10,000 national awards

January 4

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship. $10,000. Must have 3.0 or higher GPA and demonstrate financial need.

January 11

United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship. $1,000.

January 15

Robert J. Trulaske (MU College of Business) Scholarship. $9,500 per year. Must be planning to attend MU and major in business.

Missouri State University Scholarships

January 17

Dr. Darrell “Jack” Holley Scholarship. $2,000. Applications are due to Mrs. Beckett.  One applicant will be selected for submission at the School Board meeting on January 17.

January 31

Air Force ROTC

John Dennis Scholarship for Criminal Justice majors.  The scholarship is being awarded by the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association in the amount of $1,000.  Applicants must have a good reference from their school counselor, demonstrate financial need, have  a 2.0 GPA or greater, and be active in extracurricular activities.

​February 1

Kansas City Associated Equipment Distributors Scholarship$1,000. Students must be planning to major in Heavy Equipment Repair or Diesel Mechanics.

Bates County 4-H, Jeffrey Laughlin Memorial,  and Pat Evans MemorialScholarships. Students must be members of Bates County 4-H (Hudson Hustlers). Applications should be turned in to the University Extension office of the Bates County courthouse.

Missouri State  Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Scholarship. $1,500-$5,000. Applicant must be active in 4-H or FFA and must have participated at least once as a 4-H or FFA exhibitor at the Missouri State Fair.

FBLA Scholarships. Amounts vary. Applicants must be members of FBLA and must be planning to major in business.

Monsanto agriculture scholarship. $1,500

February 4


February 10

KFC Scholarship. Need-based scholarship, $5,000 each year

Missouri Corn Scholarships totaling $7,500.

February 15

Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship amounts vary

Built Ford Tough FFA Scholarship. $1,000. Applicant must be an FFA member from the local area served by Zink Motor Company. Must have the application signed by a local Ford dealer rep.

Ladies Auxiliary VFW Continuing Education Scholarship. Applicants must be planning to attend a technical or trade school and must be a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW.

Mediacom World Class Scholarship. $1,000.

February 23

Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarhsip. $500. Applicants must be planning to major in accounting.

February 26

Missouri Chapter of N.A.H.R.O.  One $2000 scholarship* will be given to a dependent of an employee of a Housing Authority, CAP or CD agency. The employing agency must be a member of MO NAHRO.

March 1

University of Central Missouri Scholarships (FAFSA Priority deadline: Feb 1st)

Scholarship Central has numerous scholarships for students attending college in Missouri. Applicants are required to create an account prior to completing the General Application.

Irene and Leeta Wagy Memorial Scholarship. $500 (renewable up to $4,000). Must be attending a Missouri college or university. Academics, citizenship, school activities, and ACT score are considered. Two letters of recommendation are required.

Project 21 Scholarship. Missouri Gaming Association is the trade organization of casino companies in Missouri. The program is intended to raise awareness among underage individuals that gaming under the age of 21 is illegal. Students must submit an article, poster or video about that subject. Two $1,500 and four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

FCS Financial Scholarship Program. $1,000 scholarship.  Applicants must be a graduating senior, a child or grandchild of an FCS Financial member, attain a 2.5 or higher GPA, obtain an ACT of at least 26 or rank in the top 20 percent of their senior class.  Leadership roles, work experience and community involvement is taken into consideration.  Click on About Us then Scholarship Program.

West Central Retired Teachers Association Scholarship. $500. Must have a 3.0 or higher GPA, display outstanding character, citizenship, involvement in school activities, and be enrolled in a teacher education course of study.

Esther Gilbreath Scholarship. $300. Applicant must be a girl who is planning to become a teacher.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Scholarship. Applicants must be planning to attend University of Central Missouri.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Scholarship.pdf

April 2

Walmart Foundation Scholarships

March 9

Missouri Bankers Foundation Scholarship. $1,000. Applicants must be planning to major in a field related to banking, such as accounting, or finance.​

March 10

Central Missouri District Secondary Principals’ Association Scholarship. Applicant must be pursuing an education in the field of middle level or secondary education. Financial need, academics, school activities, awards, community service, and principal recommendation considered. Essay requiredCENTRAL DISTRICT MSPA.docx

Missouri Association of Rural Education Scholarship. $500. Applicants must be planning to major in the field of education.

March 15

Charles E. Kruse Agricultural Scholarship. $1,000. Applicant’s parents must be Farm Bureau members and applicant must be planning to major in agriculture at a 4-year Missouri college or university.

MFA Foundation Scholarship (Check back in February for the new scholarship form) $2,000.  West Central AGRIServices of Adrian is currently managing Appleton City MFA Scholarship applications. Forms are also available from Mrs. Beckett. Completed forms should be turned in to Mrs. Beckett by March 15th, and West Central will pick the applications up from the school on or shortly after March 15.​

Opal M. Huffman Memorial Scholarship. $2,500 first semester, renewable for $1,000 per semester. The application has to be completed online.

Jostens Renaissance Scholarship. $2,500 (renewable annually). Must submit an essay that describes how you have participated in impacting  your school’s climate and culture using Jostens Renaissance activities and/or resources.

March 27

AC Alumni Scholarship. $1,000. The AC Alumni will give 5 scholarships. For AC students only.

March 31

Masonic Lodge of Missouri Scholarship. GPA, class rank, ACT, involvement in extracurricular activities, and financial need considered.

Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Vocational Scholarship. $500. Parents must be a member of  Farm Bureau. Applicants must be planning to pursue a 2-year degree or certificate at a technical or trade school.

Surety Bonds Scholarship. $1,500. Preference to applicants who have been involved with a small business.

Hawthorn Bank Scholarship. $1,000. Students must be planning to pursue a degree in business or finance.

Missouri Broadcasters Association Scholarship. Renewable. Amount varies.

Missouri Insurance Education Foundation Scholarship. $1,500. For students intending to pursue an insurance, risk management or actuarial science course of study.

April 1

Missouri Patriot Guard Riders Scholarship, $2,500. Applicants must be sons or daughters of those who fall within the following categories:
(1) Those who have given their lives in the line of duty, including both military and first responders (police/fire)
(2) Those honorably discharged veterans who have passed after their term of service
(3) Those veterans or first responders disabled in the line of duty

Appleton City Music Booster Scholarship. $250. Applicants must be a member of band or music. Turn in applications to Mrs. Beckett. For Appleton City students only.

Chambers Memorial Scholarship. Amount varies from year to year. Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher GPA. For Appleton City students only.

Appleton City Car Club Scholarship. Turn in applications to Coach Moore.

Appleton City Masonic Lodge Scholarship. $500. Applications should be turned into Mrs. Beckett.

St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Scholarship. $2,000. Applicants must be residents of St. Clair County and must be planning to pursue a career in an agriculturally-related field.

Arline Hays Frasure Van Winkle Scholarship. $200. Applicant must be Appleton City High School student and planning to major in education.

Ozarks Technical College Scholarships.

Karlene May Memorial Scholarship. $300. Applicant must plan to major in business or a related field of study. For Appleton City students only.

Bates County Farm Bureau Scholarship, $250. Must be a Bates County Farm Bureau member.

United Producers Scholarship.  $1,000. Applicants must be planning to major in an agriculture-related field. Also, applicants must be a Preferred Member of UPI or a child or grandchild of a Preferred Member.

April 7

On My Own Scholarship. $500 per semester. Applicant must be the child of a disabled parent or a disabled child themselves and must be seeking a degree to help people with disabilities such as medical, special education, social services, therapy and or mental health fields.

April 8

Christopher “Da Bull” Moles Memorial Scholarship. The applicant must be a graduating senior with plans to continue or advance his/her education beyond high school.

April 10

Missouri Ladies Auxiliary. $1,800 (first place) and $1,200 (second place). Applicant must be the daughter, son, granddaughter or grandson of a Ladies Auxiliary/Post member.

April 12

Appleton City Optimist Club Scholarship. $250. Two scholarships awarded; one to a male and one to a female. For Appleton City High School students. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and must be taking at least 6 credit hours or equivalent. For Appleton City students only.

St. Clair County Farm Bureau Scholarship. $300. Applicants must reside in St. Clair County, be a dependent of a St. Clair County Farm Bureau member, and be planning to go into an agricultural-related field. Scholarship details can be found here.

April 15

Ava’s Grace Scholarship. Applicant must have a parent who is or has been incarcerated in a U.S. state or federal penitentiary.

April 15

Friends of FBLA Scholarship. For Appleton City students only. Applications should be turned in to Mrs. Fischer.

Bates County Youth Advocacy Council Scholarship. $500. Applicant must be a resident of Bates County.

2019 FFA Parents and Friends Scholarship. $500. Must be an Appleton City student and a member of FFA

April 18

Ruann Musick Scholarship. $400 towards books and/or supplies.

April 20

Hartzler Equipment Co. & CASE IH Scholarship. $500, first preference to agriculture or closely related field of study.

Missouri Department of American Legion Memorial Scholarships. Amounts vary.

Women Legislators of Missouri Scholarship. $500. Only women may apply.

April 26

Zeta Gilvin Healthcare Scholarship. Applicants must be planning to pursue a career in healthcare. Guidelines can be found here.

April 30

Denny Basore Memorial Scholarship. Although not a requirement, preference will be given to students participating in high school athletics. Scholarship applications can be downloaded or picked up from Mrs. Beckett. Completed applications should be turned into the office or Mrs. Beckett by April 30.

Hazel Bolander Memorial Scholarship. $1,000. Three scholarships will be awarded to Appleton City High School seniors. Preference will be given to students planning to enter the fields of medicine, law, veterinary medicine, or nursing.

John Byron Corbin Charitable Trust Scholarship. $2,000 (renewable annually). Award based upon financial need, GPA, ACT, and recommendations from teachers.

The Kansas City Associated Equipment Distributor awards up to four annual scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each ($500 per semester). Students planning to attend a vocational/technical school and pursuing a certificate or associates degree in Diesel Mechanics or Heavy Equipment Repair are eligible to apply.

Saddle Club of St. Clair County Scholarship.

May 1

Ruth Perrin Fues Memorial Scholarship. Four scholarships will be awarded, including a scholarship for vocational or community college and business.

Appleton City Teachers Scholarship. Applicants must be Appleton City High School students and planning to major in education.

St. Clair County Farm Bureau. $300. Applicants must be residents of St. Clair County, and Farm Bureau member dependents. Preference given to students majoring in agriculture. See Mrs. Beckett for application.

Bates County Cattlemen’s Scholarship. Two $1,000 scholarships awarded. Applicant must be a Bates County resident attending a four-year college majoring in agriculture or a related field. Financial need considered but not necessarily the determining factor. Two letters of recommendation required.

June 1

MSTA Scholarship. $500. Applicants must be planning to major in education.

Seth Thomas Memorial Scholarship. $500. Applicants must reside in Bates County and be a member of 4-H or FFA.

July 1

Buck Rogers Memorial Scholarship. $2,000. Applicants must be planning to major outdoor communications.

July 15

American Legion Baseball Scholarship. $500-$2,500.