Each year, the Great Bend High School Class of 1971 offers a $1,000 scholarship in memory of a deceased classmate. The GBHS Class of 1971 Memorial Scholarship is being presented this year in memory of Mona Lynn Youtsey.
Family members responded with the following statement:
Mona was a proud member of Great Bend High School Class of 1971. After her graduation, she continued to live her life as many of you probably remember her with enthusiasm, excitement and fun. She had a great love of people, and she put the needs of those around her before her own. She had dear friends in many different arenas of her life, but nearly all mentioned her big, contagious smile before any other characteristic. Most people wouldn’t know if she had a problem as she was so busy caring for others.
Even though her life ended tragically, there is no better way to honor her and her life than by providing a scholarship in her name. We are very grateful that her beloved Class of 1971 has chosen to provide this very special memorial to her. By doing this, she will continue to help others in the way she was accustomed to doing during her life.
With much gratitude,
The family of Mona Lynn Youtsey
Recipients of this annual scholarship must be a relative of a GBHS Class of 1971 member. They must demonstrate financial need, have a "C" or better grade point average, and be a good student with a positive attitude. Each year the Class of 1971 Reunion Committee will meet and select a former student to honor.
"We are deeply saddened for the loss of our classmate and friend, Mona Lynn Youtsey, but also proud of her many lifetime accomplishments," class spokesman JP Postlethwaite said. "She will be greatly missed by all."
Although the scholarship is mostly funded by members of the Class of 1971, donations of any size are always welcome. An account has been set up at Farmers Bank and Trust NA, 1017 Harrison in Great Bend.
"We feel the education of our local children is of utmost importance and also challenge other classes of GBHS to create a scholarship of their own to help support our community," he said.
Any requested information about this memorial schlorship can be mailed to P.O. Box 972, Great Bend, KS 67530, or e-mailed to Postlethwaite at firstname.lastname@example.org.