Booker T. Washington Scholarship

The Booker T. Washington scholarship fund was started with the proceeds from the sale of the former Booker T. Washington Negro Center, located at 345 N. Front. It was designed for African American children and was founded as a private enterprise by Miss Janet Porter in 1939. After her death in 1943, the center was operated by the Porter family with aid from the Community Chest.  In 1978 the City completed construction of the Carver Center, and the Porter family felt the Booker T. Washington Center was no longer needed. They closed the center, donating all the equipment to the Carver Center, and the property was given to the YWCA. The Y sold the property and used the proceeds to establish the Booker T. Washington Scholarship Fund.

One new $600 scholarship will be awarded.  This scholarship is eligible for renewal for up to three years.

Students graduating from any Saline County high school


  • Applicants must be an African-American student who has graduated or currently qualifies for graduation from any Saline County, KS, high school.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have been accepted at an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Applicants must be of good character.
  • Applicants must submit a resume or a list of community and school activities, honors, and recognition received (if any), employment and volunteer activities.
  • Applicants must submit an essay outlining why they want to pursue their education beyond high school.
  • All other criteria being equal, awards will be based on the highest GPA and on financial need.

Scholarship recipients are eligible to apply for renewal by meeting the following:

  • Recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student and provide a copy of their transcript.
  • Recipients must be in good standing and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Recipients may receive this scholarship for a total of 4 years.