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The Gwendolyne Hawley Trust Scholarship Award Program

The Gwendolyne Hawley Trust Scholarship Award Program is designed to assist deserving post-secondary students who are blind or visually impaired with their education. Students are selected for the awards based on a variety of factors that indicate their high potential to make our investment in their future a worthwhile venture.

The Kansas State School for the Blind (KSSB) and its foundation, the KC Blind All-Stars, are responsible for distributing the Gwendolyne Hawley Trust on behalf of the Hutchinson Community Foundation. The late Mrs. Hawley, of Hutchinson, Kansas, left this trust to assist blind students with their post-secondary education. This will be the 24th year the scholarship has been awarded. The amounts of the scholarship award(s) have ranged from $500 to $3,350. Please share this information with others who are familiar with students who meet the following criteria:

  • Kansas resident who is blind or visually impaired.
  • Enrolled in or entering a formal course of study via one of the following by September, 2020.
    • Vocational Training Program – must be licensed and accredited:
    • University
    • College
  • Taking nine (9) hours (or the equivalent) of undergraduate courses, or six (6) hours (or the equivalent) of graduate courses.
  • Must be sponsored by a teacher, counselor, professor, or other professional involved with the applicant in an official capacity. (see Sponsor form)
  • Must complete all required components of the application and provide all required documentation.

Application deadline is June 25th, 2021


Students and Sponsors
There are two options for submitting your application and/or biographical sketch for the 2021 Gwendolyne Hawley Trust Scholarship Award.

  1. You may print the Student/Sponsor Application form, fill it out, and mail it along with your biographical sketch (students only) to:
    KC Blind All-Stars Foundation
    Gwendolyne Hawley Scholarship
    1100 State Avenue
    Kansas City, KS 66102
  2. You may complete and submit the Student/Sponsor Application form online:

If you have questions, contact Jon Harding at

Application deadline is June 25th, 2021

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