Application for United Way of the Plains’ Aaron Joel Smith Youth Volunteer Memorial Scholarship open through March 1

WICHITA, Kan., Dec. 19, 2023 – Each year, the Aaron Joel Smith Memorial Youth Volunteer Scholarship rewards three high school students who actively volunteer in their community. Scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000.


  • This scholarship is open to residents of Sedgwick, Butler, Barber, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Pratt, Sumner and Reno counties.
  • The applicant must be a junior or senior in high school.
  • The applicant must have volunteered a minimum of 200 hours outside of school and organizations/societies that require volunteerism.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 1, 2024. Visit for more information and to complete an application.


MEDIA CONTACT: Angie Prather, Vice President of Marketing and Chief Community Engagement Officer, (316) 267‑1321, ext. 4105,

United Way of the Plains is a nonprofit and for-impact organization that focuses on healtheducation, financial stability and basic needs – the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. Our mission is to improve lives by harnessing the caring power of our community to advance the common good in south central Kansas. Follow us on these social media channels: FacebookX (formerly Twitter)InstagramLinkedIn and TikTok.


Published On: December 19, 2023


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