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 14, 2019 (at ACHS)

  • Oct 26, 2019

  • Dec 14, 2019 (at ACHS)

  • Feb 8, 2020 (at ACHS)

  • Apr 4, 2020 (at ACHS)

  • Jun 13, 2020

  • Jul 18, 2020

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?

2019-2020 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

National Resource Directory Dates and amounts vary.

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 This website has hundreds of scholarships linked to it. Dates and amounts vary. Fill out the general application and it will link you to scholarships that you are eligible for.

The American Legion. Various amounts and deadlines depending on the scholarship. $5,000 or $1,000.

Missouri Department of American Legion Memorial Scholarships. Amounts and deadlines vary.

Creative Corrections Educational Foundation- Education vs Incarceration.  Deadline TBA (first come first served-need basis).

October 1

Harmony Mission Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Part 1 due. After Part 1 is completed one senior will move on to Part 2 of the scholarship. Application can be picked up in Ms. Bomberger’s office.

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 11

National Young Arts Association.Up to $10,000 in awards. Upload your portfolio (art, music, writers, filmmakers, performers, etc).

October 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 31

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

National Eagle Scout Scholarships. Amounts vary.

Voice of Democracy Scholarship. $30,000. Awarded to 50 students.

KidGuard High School Scholarship. $800. Awarded to 3 students. Must be in high school and submit an essay answering one of the prompts.

Magnum Opus Scholarship. $1,000. Must be enrolled or will enroll in a college or univeristy in the United States and is a resident of the United States.

November 5

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

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

November 15th

Hagan Scholarship. $2,000-$10,000. Must have a 3.75 or higher GPA, 24 or higher ACT, and financial need. Brochure on scholarship requirements: Brochure

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

November 22

Real World Design Challenge Scholarships. $50,000. Awarded to 7 students.

November 30

Griswold Home Care Scholarship. $1,000. Awarded to 2 students.

Driver Education Initiative Scholarship. $500. Awarded to 6 students. Submit an essay demonstrating knowledge on the topic of Safe Driving.

Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship. $1,000. Awarded to 20 students. Must have at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry.

SP Scholarship. $10,000. Awarded to 10 students. Must complete an essay.

Bachus and Schanker Scholarship. $2,000. Awarded to 2 students.

Flourish Scholarship. $1.000.

December 1

Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers. $2,000. Awarded to 10 students. For a high school senior planning to pursue a career in physics teaching in a high school.

Lamber-Goodnow Scholarships. $1,000. Awarded to 8 students. Must be an innovative and highly creative high school student. They look for essay submissions from students who are creative thinkers and problem solvers.

December 2

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

December 9

Science Ambassador Scholarship. $40,000.

December 13

Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador Program. $1,000.

December 15

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

Missouri Corn Scholarships totaling $7,500.

North American Van Lines Logistic Scholarship. $1,000. Awarded to 5 students. Must be pursing a degree in Logistics or a similar field.

Burger King Scholars Program. $50,000. Awarded to 10 people.

Final Fantasy Fan Scholarship. $1,000.

December 29

YDI Scholarship. $1,000.

December 31

Imagine America Foundation $1,000

GenM Scholarship. $5,000. Awarded to 4 students.

CC Bank’s Young Scholars Scholarship. $2,000. Awarded to 5 students.

SP Scholarship. $10,000. Awarded to 10 students.

Overachievers Student Grant. $15,000. Must be a person who is making a difference in other’s lives outside of the classroom.

Thiel Fellowship. $100,000. Awarded to 30 students. Must be interested in designing and building things.

GenM Scholarship. $5,000. Awarded to 4 students.

Application will open up early 2020

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program.

January 1

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

MSSDAR Scholarship. $2000

Irene and Leeta Wagy Memorial $1000. For women interested in pursuing a degree in education.

Dorothy Poikert Memorial$500. For a student interested in pursuing business.

Roberta Capps American History $1000. Interested in pursuing American History or Government.

January 3

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

January 15

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

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship. $1,500. Must be planning to enter into an agriculture related field.

Porch Scholarship. $3000. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.4 and pursing a degree that enables you or others in the community to learn a new trade, develop skills and technology, or start a small business related to home services offered by Porch.

Donna Nash $1000, Student interested in pursuing music

January 17

Air Force ROTC

January 24

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

January 31

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.

Charles P. Bell Conservation Scholarship. $250-600. Must be pursuing a degree in conservation.

Ed Stengner Natural Resource Scholarship. $1,000. Awarded to 5 people.

KPMG Future Leaders Program Scholarship. $10,000 and renewable for 4 years. Only females are eligible to apply. Awarded to 22 students.

Dr. Darrell “Jack” Holley Scholarship. $2,000.​ Print off application and bring to Ms. Bomberger and ACHS staff will nominate the one student to be submitted for review. Awarded to 6 students. 

February 1

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

February 2

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

February 3

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

February 15

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.

February 15

Daughter of the American Revolution Scholarships. There are 27 scholarships available. Make sure you are eligible before completing. Amounts vary.

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.

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

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

Mediacom World Class Scholarship. $1,000.

Evergy Community Scholarships. $2,000 per year (renewable for additional three years).  15 students awarded to Missouri and Kansas high school seniors.

February 21

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. One $2000 scholarship will be given to a member of a family that is receiving housing assistance through either Section 8 or Public Housing. The sponsoring agency must be a member of MONAHRO.

March 1

National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Scott/St. Louis Chapter Scholarship. Everyone can apply although it is preferred student is going into business, transportation, logistics, supply chain and physical distribution. Up to $3,000. See Ms. Bomberger for the application.

FCS Financial. 1,500. Awarded to 35 students.

American Chemical Society Scholars Program. $5,000. Awarded to 350 students.

Project 21 Scholarship – amounts vary

Evergy Craft Scholarships. $3,000 per year (renewable for second year). Awarded to 9 students who are planning to pursue an associate degree in electric power and distribution, power plant technology, wind/renewable energy, industrial technology or other industry-related degrees in Kansas or Missouri.

West Central Retired School Personnel 2020 Scholarship $500. For a senior who is planning to go into education. Must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Click on the link or see Ms. Bomberger for the application.

American Welding Society Scholarships. Amounts Vary depending on the scholarships. These scholarships are for senior planning to pursue a career in welding. Scholarships can be applied to trade schools, community colleges and four year universities.

March 2

Missouri Association Mutual Insurance Companies Scholarship. Awarded to 8 students.

March 3

AC Alumni Scholarship $1,000. The AC Alumni will give 5 scholarships. For AC students only. Turn in the applications to Ms. Bomberger by March 3rd by 9am.

March 6

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

March 13

MFA Foundation Scholarship 2020 $2,000. You can pick up the application from Ms. Bomberger and you will turn it in to Mrs. Bomberger. They will pick up applications from the school.

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.

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

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

Missouri State Teachers Association- Central Region Student Scholarship Application. $500. Awarded to three students. This scholarship is for students planning to major in education. Make sure to use a google account to access the application. Turn in the completed application to Ms. Bomberger.

March 31

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

Missouri Broadcasters Association Scholarship. Renewable. Amount varies.

AC 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.

April 1

Heavy Equipment Parts Scholarship. $500.

MO Patriot Guard Riders Scholarship Application 2020 $1,000-2,000 (one student will receive $2,000 and three students will receive $1,000). Student must be sons or daughters of those within the following categories: (1) Those who have given their lives in the line of duty, including military and first responders, (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 to the extent that providing an advanced education cannot be easily realized.

Bates Co Scholarship Application 2020 $250. Must be a child of a Bates County Farm Bureau member.

Appleton City Masonic Lodge Scholarship. $500. Applications should be turned into Ms. Bomberger. AC and Montrose students are the only seniors who are eligible to apply.

St. Clair County Democratic Central Committee Scholarship $250. Awarded to one Appleton City Senior. Applications need to be turned in to Ms. Bomberger.

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

Crowder-Scholarship. One time scholarship for 2020 Appleton City graduating senior. Anyone can apply, but preferred if they will attend UCM in Fall 2020. See Ms. Bomberger for application.

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

April 3

Kenneth L. Short Memorial Scholarship Application. $1,000($500 for two semesters). Attach a 500 or less word essay about why you are applying for this scholarship, a description of you r high school and community activities and your career path. Please also attach a letter(s) of recommendation from a high school teacher and a copy of your high school transcript. Kenneth was the founder of Opaal Food Management.

April 10

On My Own Scholarship 2020 $500 per semester up to 10 semesters. 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 16

DAV Scholarship 2020. (Disabled American Veterans) $500. Awarded to two students in Bates, Cass and St. Clair Counties. You must be a son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter of a veteran eligible for D.A.V membership.

April 30

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.

10 Words or Less Scholarship. $500.

May 15

Insuring Rural Communities Scholarship. Up to $5,000 and renewable. Planning to pursue informational technology, healthcare or risk management. Must have a 2.0 GPA.

Review It Scholarship. $1,000. Need to have at least a 2.5 GPA.

May 30

Amco Ranger Scholarship $1000

May 31

LM Scholarship. $500. Must gave a 3.0 GPA or higher and submit an essay.

PB&J Scholarship. $500-1,000. For students who have experienced challenges in their life that may have not let them perform well academically (grades/test scores) but still have the drive to succeed.

July 31

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



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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Ms. Bomberger.

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.

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 Ms. Bomberger 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.

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



Specific Colleges:

December 1

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

Scholarships Vary

Missouri State(FAFSA Priority Deadline: Feb 1st)

February 1

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

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

Ozarks Technical College Scholarships.