2021 REF Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to the Class of 2021! The Raytown Educational Foundation's scholarship program began in 1998 and continues today. Scholarships for this year's seniors include 48 first year awards to 29 students totaling $46,011.

Special thanks to our fund holders for investing in our students' futures by establishing these scholarships and to the many individuals who sustain these awards through their generous contributions. Additional thanks to Rolland Studios for providing our scholarship recipients' cap and gown photos. Congratulations, graduates!

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Aspire Scholarship
Established by Chris and Stacey Payne, business developers and philanthropists, the purpose of this scholarship is to assist first generation students to overcome barriers prohibiting their aspirations for a college education. Recipients are students who demonstrate both strong potential and perseverance towards successfully completing a college degree.
Rianna Ellis

College: University of Missouri-Columbia
Major: Linguistics
"I would like to express my gratitude to the Aspire Scholarship Committee for selecting me as a recipient of this scholarship. It is truly an honor to have this opportunity, and I am incredibly grateful for this award and the immense help it will bring. This scholarship will allow me to pursue my interests and expand my knowledge by making the cost of a college education more affordable for me and ensuring I have the resources to improve my future. Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity."

Richard Gooden Memorial Scholarship
Established by family, friends, and colleagues in memory of Richard Gooden, Raytown South High School Assistant Principal. Recipients are RSHS students who demonstrate positive school leadership and perseverance through personal adversity.
Olivia Mahl

College: University of Missouri Columbia
Major: Investigative Journalism

"I wanted to say thank you so much for the scholarship! Receiving this scholarship was a huge shock and I couldn’t be more grateful. This scholarship is going towards my tuition and helps relieve some of the stress! Thank you again it really means so much!"
Clayton James Hugill Memorial Scholarship
Established by the Hugill family in memory of their son Clayton James Hugill, a Raytown High School graduate and proud member of the RHS baseball team. Recipients are RHS students who are baseball team members who support the team and demonstrate hard work on and off the field.
Jonathan Stanley

College: Cowley College
Major: Liberal Arts Major
"Thank you for this scholarship award! I feel very fortunate to receive it and know it will help to pay for my college education. I’m excited to start this next chapter of my life in college and continue to work hard to accomplish my future goals."
Jones Family Scholarship
Established by R.C. and Charlene Jones, retired Raytown Quality Schools educators, in honor of R.C.’s sister, Joella R. Sutton. Recipients are students who demonstrate strong academic goals and participation in extracurricular or community service activities.
Daniela Saenz-Quintana

College: Johnson County Community College
Major: Fashion Merchandising and Marketing

"I would like to thank the Jones Family Scholarship for believing in me and investing in my potential. I am eternally grateful to those who have supported me along the way. I will continue to work hard and make Raytown proud. Thank you."
Coach Bud and Gay Lathrop Scholarship
Established by alumni of Raytown South High School’s basketball team members to honor Coach Lathrop, his coaching legacy at Raytown South High School and his wife’s unwavering support. Recipients are RSHS students who are male basketball team members and who demonstrate good character and positive contributions to the team and the school.
Kobe Shahib

College: Undecided
Major: Professional Sports

"Thank you and I am grateful for this scholarship that will help me pursue a career in professional sports."