Herb Clutter Scholarship Application Now Open

Freshman in ag career fields are eligible to apply.

Published on: Mar 12, 2009

College-bound high school seniors can now apply for the first Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship, established by the Kansas Wheat Research Foundation.

One Herb Clutter scholarship of $500 per year will be offered each year to a freshman planning a career in agriculture.

An applicant must be a full-time student at any two or four year college or university. Recipients will be chosen based on academic achievement, leadership qualities and career objectives focused around the field of agriculture.

The Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship was established through a fund in memory of Herbert W. Clutter, who was murdered along with his wife Bonnie and their children Kenyon and Nancy. The Clutter family slayings were chronicled in the Truman Capote book, "In Cold Blood."

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.

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, 2009.

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