BASE is honored to administer the following scholarships, and we are grateful to the families of those memorializing their loved ones, as well as to all of our donors for making this investment in the future of Bluestem students. Please note that these scholarships are issued on a one-time basis and are not renewable. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Senior Award Assembly in May. These scholarships must be used by the recipients within a year from the date they are awarded. Contact Bluestem High School counselor, Shelby Herbel for the appropriate scholarship applications, accompanying forms and transcripts.
Donna Cornish Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is in memory of Donna Cornish, a long-time member of our community. She was employed by our school district, and her two daughters graduated from Bluestem High School. The $350.00 scholarship is awarded to a student continuing on to vocational school or college, having demonstrated good citizenship, and provided a written statement of goals.
Don Jones Memorial Scholarship
Don Jones is remembered by many as a high school teacher passionate about science and one who shared his passion with his students. Memorial contributions allowed his family to establish a $500 scholarship for a student furthering their education with a preference going to, but not limited to, applicants pursuing a major in education. Applicants will show evidence of their ability to do college-level work and provide a written statement of goals.
David Kohls Memorial Scholarship
David Kohls was a long-time resident of Butler County and a much-loved and respected employee of USD 205 for many years. David served the district in many roles, including teacher, principal, activities director and coach. He touched countless numbers of lives during his career and is remembered fondly by all who knew him. The $500 scholarship was created in his memory by his family. The recipient must be a Bluestem senior who is pursuing his or her education on the college level, and who has participated in athletics during his or her high school career.
Sam Parsons Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is in memory of Sam Parsons, who served on the USD 205 Board of Education for many years. Sam and his children were graduates of our high school. The $1000 scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing major in education and shows evidence of the ability to do college-level work.
Cathy Wilson Memorial Scholarship
The $1000 scholarship has been established in memory of Cathy Wilson, a longtime teacher in the district. The $1000 scholarship is awarded to a student who plans to further their education with a preference going to but not limited to education. Preference will be given to an applicant who is the first in their family to attend college.
BASE Community Service Scholarship
This $1000 scholarship requires a total of 100 hours of verified community service in the 12-month period preceding the application date and a short essay written by the student. Students should begin early keeping a record of their hours as they are completed. Forms are available from the high school counselor. In addition, the recipient must be able to do college-level work, as evidenced by his or her transcript and GPA.