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Kansas Wheat Research Foundation offers scholarship in memory of Herb Clutter


Kansas Wheat reminds college-bound high school seniors to apply for the inaugural Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship was established by the Kansas Wheat Research Foundation, which is administered by the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers.

The scholarship fund will award one $500 scholarship per year, to a college or university-bound incoming freshman from Kansas, pursuing a career in the field of agriculture. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be a full-time student at any two or four year college or university. Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, leadership qualities and career objectives focused around the field of agriculture. Recipients will receive the scholarship to be applied toward tuition for the student's college or university education. The scholarship is non-renewable.

The Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship was established through a fund in memory of Herbert W. Clutter. Clutter, a farmer from Holcomb, was the first president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, which was established in 1948. He encouraged Kansas wheat farmers to organize as a strong, unified voice, which led to the formation of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers in 1952. Clutter encouraged research in education and industrial uses of wheat, use of more wheat as food, improved variety development and methods to produce the best product at the lowest cost. Clutter's efforts led to the formation of the Kansas Wheat Commission by the Kansas legislature, in 1957. The slayings of Herb Clutter, his wife, Bonnie and their children Kenyon and Nancy were chronicled in the Truman Capote book, "In Cold Blood."

Applicants of the Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship must complete the scholarship application, which includes a 400-500 word essay discussing why they have chosen to pursue a career in agriculture. The selection committee will use this essay along with application in determining the scholarship winner. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 31.

More information about the Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship is available by contacting Dana Peterson at 785-539-0255 or e-mail dpeterson@kswheat.com. An application is available on the Internet at www.kansaswheat.org.

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