Wheat Growers Award Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship

Pittsburg native majoring in ag business gets $500 as winner of scholarship that honors murdered family.

Published on: Oct 7, 2010
Reagan Kays, Pittsburg,  a Kansas State University freshman majoring in agricultural business, has been named winner of the 2010 Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Research Foundation. Tthe scholarship fund, administered by the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, awards one $500 scholarship per year, to a college or university-bound freshman.

Kays is a graduate of of St. Mary's Colgan School in Pittsburg.  He was involved in football, basketball, student council, 4-H, Knights of Our Lady and the National Honor Society. As the 4th generation in his family to be involved in production agriculture, Kays enjoys helping his dad on their family farm and owning and operating his own herd of 40 purebred Angus cattle. He is the son of Kelly and Connie Pelton Kays.
 
The 2010 scholarship pool consisted of 19 high-school seniors from across the state. The scholarship is available to high school seniors pursuing a career in the field of agriculture. All scholarship applicants completed the scholarship application, which includes a 400-500 word essay discussing why they have chosen to pursue a career in agriculture.
 
The Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship was introduced in 2009 through a fund in memory of Herbert W. Clutter, a farmer from Holcomb and the first president of the National Association of Wheat Growers. Clutter 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 and his 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."