Providing Financial Education


In May, 2004, the Board of Directors established the School of Economics scholarship.  The scholarship is funded through the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and organizations.

The School of Economics Scholarship promotes the pursuit of a career in a business-related field of study (e.g., entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, computer/information systems, finance, accounting, personnel, economics, and management). A total of two $500 scholarships may be awarded each year. All applicants must have attended the School of Economics at some time during their K-6 school years.

The School of Economics has closed the scholarship application process for 2017. The award will be announced in May, 2017.

Please click here to download more information regarding application deadline, eligibility guidelines and scholarship application.

2016 Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Winner, Madison Nadler
Madison Nadler,
Blue Springs South
High School
My favorite, and longest lasting memory at the School of Economics is being the Store Manager at the Mediterranean Store and selling the carefully crafted, tissue paper flowers.

The school of economics taught me the basics of economics and running a business...I have always loved marketing and determining the best way to get the product to the customer, something that the School of Economics allowed me to do...I remember that in the beginning our business was a little slow. Despite how much fun my store was having, we were not selling as much as we wanted to. I began to understand that it was difficult to get the kids to justify spending money on a paper flowers when they could spend the same amount on a delicious dirt cup. Then, I had an idea. I proposed a marketing strategy. I decided that if we made our paper flowers “buy one get one 50% off” kids would believe that they were getting a good deal and purchase more of our flowers. We began telling the customers that they could get one for them and one for a friend. Then, our profits began to rise; our sale had worked.

Madison currently owns and operates two online stores and plans to extend them after college.

Scholarship Winner, Marissa Mallon
Marissa Mallon,
Fort Osage
High School
The excitement of a field trip only came around once a year. During third grade, that excitement stemmed from visiting the School of Economics. During that day, I was able to act as a banker and as an employee in a fast food restaurant. Getting to play these roles instilled in me a vested interest in finances. I remember everyone making a line around the bank, waiting for me to cash their paycheck for them. Then, as soon as my "shift" at the bank was over, I would run around the "city" looking for things to buy. At the end of the day, I remember feeling proud of myself because I had saved two dollars from my paycheck.

Marissa is currently attending NW Missouri State University and studying general business.
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Scholarship Fund Donors

The Meyer Companies
Jean Swanson and Tim Royse
Joe Haney
Jay Greco Farmers’ Insurance
Emagrace Colley
Lucy Franklin Elementary School PTA
Commerce Bank
Hy-Vee, Inc.
CommunityAmerica Credit Union
Haldex Brake Products
Blue Springs Ford
Patrick Collins, DDS
Jeff and Carol Journagan
Patricia Hatley
Sunny Pointe Elementary School PTA
Clancy’s Café & Pub
Jennifer Oswald Brown and Scott Brown
Cavanaugh Pet Hospital
Blue Springs Jaycees
McCamm Management
America’s Community Bank
Lydia Jeter
William Yates Elementary School PTA
BJD’s Photography
Jennifer Weld
Liquid Soap Products
Servicemark Telecom
Pam Stepp
Gayle Voyles
Vicki Stanton
Cordill-Mason Elementary School PTA
Lisa Clark, Rachel Reynolds, and Shauna Reynolds
Karl and Sharon Knapp