Since 1995, the Kennett Educational Foundation has worked to enhance the quality of education in Kennett, Missouri.  We do this in two ways: (1) by providing grants to educators and (2) by providing scholarships directly to students.  We are funded by a private endowment, for which we continually fundraise to ensure our continued existence.  You can make your tax deductible donation to our endowment by clicking here.  The Kennett Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

grants to educators

The Kennett Educational Foundation’s grant program offers grants for educators in the Kennett #39 School District that directly support student learning and activities. The grant program is designed to (1) improve basic skills and lower drop-out rate, (2) provide opportunities for extended learning outside the classroom, (3) bolster the music, drama, art and athletic programs, (4) purchase scientific laboratory equipment, (5) update technology and (6) provide reference materials in media centers.

The Foundation encourages new solutions that would enhance educational opportunities. Foundation Trustees give the greatest attention to proposals that (1) identify a clearly defined need, (2) describe an innovative way to meet that need, (3) demonstrate the applicant’s ability to implement the process and (4) show how the program will benefit the students.

The grant application can be downloaded by clicking here. Applications are accepted at any time during the year. However, to receive funding by the beginning of a school year, the application must be submitted by the last day of the prior school year.

scholarships to students

The Kennett #39 Educational Foundation currently administers, in whole or in part, the following scholarships:

  • James Singleton Scholarship

  • Sheryl Crow Scholarship

  • Southern Missouri Bank Scholarship

  • Jack Burns Scholarship

  • Sheila Marchbanks Scholarship

With the exception of the Sheryl Crow Scholarships, all scholarships are awarded annually to graduating seniors of Kennett High School. The Sheryl Crow Scholarships are awarded each semester to students attending Southeast Missouri State University – Kennett that have a significant connection to Kennett High School.

More information about these scholarships may be obtained by contacting us or by contacting Kennett High School at (573) 717-1126. Questions regarding the Sheryl Crow Scholarship should be directed to Southeast Missouri State University – Kennett at (573) 888-0513.