The Harper County Community Foundation recently recognized the grant recipients for the May 2022 round at an Awards Presentation held in conjunction with their Annual Meeting. The event was held at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, May 24th at the Harper County Blue Fair Barn in Harper.

For this grant round, 37 grant applications were submitted to HCCF with a total of $209,668.07 requested. The Harper County Community Foundation awarded $140,910.41 to all 37 organizations and projects that benefit Harper County. These monies from the Waste Connection Landfill Revenues and the Harper County Board of Commissioners represent the 27th round of grants awarded since the inception of the granting program in May of 2009. The Foundation also awarded monies from their discretionary funds. A total of $ 2,930,482.00 has been awarded since the inception of this granting process.

The following scholarship recipients were recognized during the event: Jack and Lavera Bertholf Scholarship // Rhyan Marshall, Gillian Struble, Addison Francis-Wilcox, Cooper Traffas, Madalynn Winters; Jean L. Jensen Language Arts Scholarship // Natalie Graves, Finli Haffner, Mattelyn Swartz; HCCF Top Scholar Award // Natalie Graves, Gillian Struble, Mattelyn Swartz, Cooper Traffas, Madalynn Winters; and Anthony American Legion Scholarship // Mattelyn Swartz. Prepare to Launch is also awarding a scholarship to all Harper County graduates upon submission of the e-form found on HCCF wishes these scholarship recipients the best of luck in their future endeavors.

The Foundation would like to thank Donald Holt for serving as the event photographer and The Arts Center for providing entertainment for the children in attendance. More thanks go to Prepare To Launch Squad members Riley Mathews, Sidney Swingle, Auburn Hill, Emmery Kastens, Bailey Ricke, Madalynn Winters, and Mya Deviney for their support and service at the Awards Presentation.

Recipients of the May 2022 grant monies include Harper County Transition to Career for T2C Reality U Event, Career Spotlights and the Welding Program; The Arts Center for their Community Theatre Professional Development; Attica Public Schools for Bulldog PRIDE, School Security, Comfortable Commons Area Renovations, Promethean Board Upgrades, Bulldog Bistro, Science Department Greenhouse + Outdoor Classroom & Robotics Club; Anthony Recreation Commission for Ball Field Maintenance; American Legion Jeff Long Post 104 for Roof and Back Porch Project; T2C Welding Program for H&M Pipe Beveling Torch System; Harper County Department on Aging and Transportation for an Adaptive & Active Aging Conference in HPCO; Chaparral for Concession Stand Upgrades, Carpentry Program Improvements & Chaparral Football Tackling Safety; Bluff City UMC for Basement Ceiling Restoration; City of Attica for Memorial Building Refrigerator, Chairs + Outdoor Trash Can Replacements; Anthony Chamber of Commerce for Sunflower Balloon Fest Advertising; Harper Recreation Commission for Spectator Safety Netting & Lockers in the FEMA Shelter; Anthony Golf Club for Security Fence Additions; Attica Long Term Care for Security Upgrades and a Joint Project with Patterson Health Center for Harassment Education; Harper County Fair Board for the Carnival Bracelet Night; Anthony Elementary for Full STEAM Ahead; Road Runner Robotics; Attica Saddle Club for Aluminum Bleachers; Anthony Gun Club’s Shells Purchase for Trapshooting Team; Harper Elementary for Picnic Tables in the Inside Courts; Anthony Theatre, Inc. for Sound Equipment Upgrades; Harper Museum Window Repair; Anthony UMC for a Storage Shed for Little Lambs Daycare (Construction will be completed by Chaparral’s Carpentry Program); Attica Recreation Commission for a Key Fob Entrance System at the Wellness Center; Harper County Bullseye BBQ; and Harper County Community HOPE.

HCCF’s Mission is focused on education, human needs, health care, community improvement, or rural development projects that will enrich the communities of Harper County through support and resources. The deadline for the next grant round will be October 1, 2022.
More information about HCCF may be found on their website at In addition, any questions may be directed to Michelle Fahring, Assistant to the Foundation, by calling 620-840-1153 (cell phone), or by sending an e-mail to
Entering our 26th year we’d like to express our gratitude to the generous donors and volunteers who’ve contributed to our success. Thank you. Kevin Alexander


Photo identification // Front Row left to right:

Amber Wood, Attica USD 511; Angie Alexander, City of Attica, Attica Saddle Club & Attica Recreation; Holly Noble, Attica Long Term Care; Brandie Waldschmidt, Attica USD 511; Jennifer Wolff, Harper County Department on Aging & Transportation; Diana Busby, Harper County Community HOPE; Terri Reynolds, City of Harper Museum; Bruce Wilson & Sunny Reed, Anthony United Methodist Church.

Back Row left to right:

Pam Gerber, Harper Elementary; Karen Miller & Gail Feely, Bluff City United Methodist Church; Bobby Waldschmidt, T2C Welding Program; Krystal Gardner, City of Attica; JC Zahradnik, Chaparral Football Coach; LeRoy Matthews, American Legion Jeff Long Post 104; Allen Finley & Emily Kohler, Anthony Recreation; Chris Mathews, Road Runner Robotics: Mike Reed, Chaparral Carpentry Program; Julie Jahay, Anthony Elementary; Sid Burkholder & Gillian Struble, Anthony Gun Club & CHS Trapshooting Team; Melinda Goertz, Chaparral High School; and Juliana Whisman, The Arts Center & Anthony Theatre.