Lebanon Area Foundation administers several scholarships that are funded by earnings from endowment funds that we manage for our donors.  The principal of each fund is protected, while the earnings are transferred into a pass-thru fund to be distributed to scholarship recipients.

Contributions to these scholarship funds are gladly accepted and are applied to the principals to be held in perpetuity ~ maintaining a legacy of scholarship in our community.


Harke Family Education Scholarship: $2,500 renewable scholarship available to LHS seniors displaying financial need who have maintained above a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA.

Walter and Rene Harke gifted a $500,000 investment to LAF upon Mr. Harke’s death in late 2012.  The interest and earnings from the investment are awarded each spring to LHS seniors with the greatest financial need.  This scholarship is administered in two payments of $1,250.  The first payment is mailed to the chosen college or university for the Fall semester and the second payment is mailed for the Spring semester upon receipt of the student’s transcript and class schedule.


Jerry Hoover Music Scholarship: $1,000 non-renewable scholarship available to LHS seniors interested in attending Missouri State University and participating in the instrumental music program.  Students must have fully participated in the LHS band program during their high school career to qualify.

The Jerry Hoover Music Scholarship was established in 2008 to pay tribute to Mr. Jerry Hoover who was band director at Lebanon High School from 1961 to 1969.  Mr. Hoover is now Director of Bands at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.  The Jerry Hoover Music Scholarship is designed to extend Mr. Hoover’s legacy into the future in the most appropriate way possible….by helping to fund, in his name, the education of an LHS student who wants to continue studying music.  This scholarship is administered in two payments of $500.  The first payment is mailed to the chosen college or university for the Fall semester and the second payment is mailed for the Spring semester upon receipt of the student’s transcript and class schedule.


Kelly Ray Kelso Scholarship: $500 non-renewable scholarship available to LHS seniors in the Math department apply, all other LHS students will be considered.

The Kelly Ray Kelso Scholarship fund originated in 1972 and was administered by the MFA Foundation.  In 2014, the MFA Foundation requested that Lebanon Area Foundation undertake and assume all rights, benefits, duties, obligations, and responsibilities related to this scholarship.  This scholarship is administered in one payment of $500 to the chosen college or university.


Lebanon High School Class of 1960 Scholarship:  $2,500 renewable scholarship available to LHS seniors interested in attending a two or four year college, university, or technical school who have maintained a minimum cumulative 2.5 high school GPA.

The LHS Class of 1960 Scholarship fund was started in December of 2005 as a way to give back to the Lebanon community.  This fund is a perpetual scholarship with the goal of awarding two multi-year scholarships each year.


Massey Memorial Teaching Scholarship: $500 non-renewable scholarship is available to full-time educators who are currently attending an accredited college or university for an improvement of skills.  Applicants must be currently employed (under contract) in Laclede County to qualify for this scholarship,

The Massey Memorial Teaching Scholarship began in 1995 through a donation from the family of Homer and Lovena Massey.  The purpose of this scholarship is to relieve some of the financial burden for educators who are furthering their own education in the field that they teach.


Roy True Scholarship: $400 non-renewable scholarship available to LHS seniors interested in attending a trade or technical school.

The Roy True Scholarship fund originated in 1983 and was administered by the MFA Foundation.  In 2014, the MFA Foundation requested that Lebanon Area Foundation undertake and assume all rights, benefits, duties, obligations, and responsibilities related to this scholarship.  The scholarship money is paid directly to the trade or technical school chosen by the scholarship recipient and may be applied toward tuition, fees, room and board.