For 46 years the Jordaan Scholarships have been awarded to students graduating from the high schools located only in Pawnee County. Each scholarship provides $8,000.00, payable $2,000.00 per year during the student’s under-graduate college or university career, upon the condition that scholastic eligibility continues to be maintained.
The Jordaan Foundation, Inc. has announced the Jordaan Scholars for the college year 2017-2018. They are Jaidaah Harris, daughter of Paris Harris and Tanika Thomas; Emily Herrman, daughter of Leonard Herrman and Kristin Herrman; Colton Massey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lane Massey; Maxym Perebynos, Tatyana Easley and the late Robert Easley; and Micaela Polson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Polson.
The Alternates to receive the awards for this year or succeeding years, if any of the five winners become ineligible are, in order of their priority: Brandon Bartz, son of Sandi Bartz and the late Michael Bartz; Joshua East, son of Joel East and Rebecca East; Jaicee Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Walker; Catherine Orth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Orth; and Braeden Corman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Corman.
Scholarships were awarded following recommendations of the Screening Committee which reviewed applications from Pawnee County residents who are graduates this spring of the two Pawnee County high schools. Scholarships were awarded on a combination of scholastic record, financial need, character references and recommendations, with college potential as measured by College Admission Tests and other criteria.
The Screening Committee is composed of representatives from each of the two high schools in Pawnee County and others appointed by the Jordaan Board. The Screening Committee reviewed all of the applications in detail and conducted personal interviews.
The scholarships are restricted to Pawnee County students attending Kansas colleges or universities as provided in the Last Will and Testament of Dr. John Jordaan, former Larned resident. The Foundation Trust, created by Dr. Jordaan, was limited to civic, educational, charitable and benevolent purposes within Pawnee County.
Since its inception, the Jordaan Foundation Inc. has made grants to Pawnee County and to charities and communities located in Pawnee County, totaling approximately $3,000,000. In addition, scholarships totaling approximately $1,300,000 have been awarded to students residing in Pawnee County.