Marisa Hedlund, Fairfax R-3 counselor, gives a scholarship to Tyler Brown.

Melanie Wilson receives her scholarship from Shauna Farmer, Rock Port R-II counselor.

Tracy Cooper, Tarkio R-I counselor, presents a scholarship to Madison Lesher.

Since the inception of the Esther A. & Bruce S. Gibbs Charitable Trust Scholarship in 1990, all recipients have been required to attend the annual scholarship luncheon in order to receive their scholarship. Given the current COVID-19 health pandemic, the bank was unable to gather 100+ attendees to hold the scholarship luncheon this year.

Before Governor Parson lifted the stay-at-home order, it was decided for the health and well-being of all involved that the 2020 scholarships would be presented outside in the parking lot of Citizens Bank & Trust, in a drive-thru type format. Not being able to host the scholarship luncheon this year was not an easy decision to reach, but it was necessary and hopefully will be the only year for this unconventional presentation.

This was the 31st year the Esther A. & Bruce S. Gibbs Charitable Trust has awarded scholarships to college students who have graduated from Atchison County, Missouri, high schools. The trust has awarded 975 scholarships since 1990, with a grand total of $1,448,405 having been awarded to students to help with their higher education expenses.

Citizens Bank & Trust presented the 2020 Gibbs Trust Scholarships Friday, June 26, 2020. Students receiving scholarships this year, their parents, college, they are attending, and major are:


Goldie Barnes, daughter of Tracy and Holly Barnes, Northwest Missouri State University, Food and Nutrition Dietetics; Leslie Bennett, daughter of Tylicia Bradley and Gerald Bradley, Peru State College, Pre-Nursing; Tyler Brown, son of John and Cheryl Brown, University of Central Missouri, Business Management; Brody Cooper, son of Donovan and Tracy Cooper, University of Missouri, Civil Engineering; Alyssa Garrison, daughter of Doug and Angela Garrison, University of Missouri, Health Science; Zachery Garrison, son of Doug and Angela Garrison, University of Central Missouri, Aviation; Max Hopkins, son of Mike and Robin Lewis, Northwest Missouri State University, Agricultural Business; Tacy Mitchell, daughter of Tony and Lisa Mitchell, Missouri State University, Nursing; Shelbey Morris, daughter of Billy and Kelly Morris, University of Nebraska, Agriculture Biochemistry


Gavin Abbott, son of Eric and Michelle Abbott, State Technical College of Missouri, Utility Systems Technician; Alexis Baucom, daughter of Justin and Elinor Baucom, Washburn University, Nursing; Abby Bradley, daughter of Joey and Amy Bradley, University of Missouri, Nursing; Hallee Bradley, daughter of Rick and Lawna Bradley, Northwest Missouri State University, Accounting; Dalton Brake, son of Kim Brake, University of Saint Mary, Exercise Science/Pre-Med; Journi Burke, daughter of  R. Aron Burke and Joanna Burke, Creighton University, Nursing with a Minor in Health Administration and Policy; Catyn Chamberlain, daughter of Chris Chamberlain, Northwest Missouri State University, Early Childhood Education; Ashley Christian, daughter of Kevin Christian and Chris Sticken, Peru State College, Criminal Justice; Zachary Clauson, son of Jennifer Blakeman, Kansas State University, Mechanical Engineering; Ashley Cue, daughter of Kevin and Jolene Cue, Nebraska Methodist, Nursing; Dayle Davis, daughter of Jeremy and Jill Davis, Washburn University, Nursing; Mercer Deatz, son of Scott and Michelle Deatz, UMKC, Pharmacy; Allyson Demott, daughter of Cecil and Marlene Demott, Kansas State University, Human Resource Management; Kelcie Gaines, daughter of Seth and Cindie Gaines, Southwestern Community College, Secondary Education; Abbie Hale, daughter of Trevor Hale and Cassie Hale, Central Methodist University, Psychology/Counseling; C. Jase Hughes, son of Clint and Stacy Hughes, Northwest Missouri State University, Business Management; Cortney LaHue, daughter of Troy and Jennifer LaHue, Missouri State University, Exercise and Movement Science; Jacie McMahon, daughter of Mark and Marcy McMahon, Northwest Missouri State University, Pre-Nursing; Payton Schomburg, daughter of Kevin and Crystal Schomburg, Northwest Missouri State University, Human Resource Management; Megan Stevens, daughter of Todd and Tricia Stevens, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Elementary Education; Gretchen Tharp, daughter of Brian and Shannon Tharp, Peru State College, Speech Language Pathology; Jared Thomas, son of Jerry Thomas, Southeast Community College, Energy Generation Operations; Riley Vogler, daughter of Phil and Jennifer Vogler, University of Missouri, Agriculture; Josie Watkins, daughter of Jason and Sarah Watkins, UMKC, Vocal Performance; Melanie Wilson, daughter of Ermal Wilson, Northwest Missouri State University, Creative Writing and Publishing


Chloe Bruns , daughter of Jeff and Shannon Bruns, Northwest Missouri State University, Business Management and Marketing; Lily Graves, daughter of Daniel and Rachel Graves, University of Missouri, Health Science (Pre-Professional); Leeann Isabella Hurst, daughter of Brooks and Lydia Hurst, Northwest Missouri State University, Business Management; Melissa Lang, daughter of Bruce and Jo Lang, Missouri State University, Communication Science and Disorders; Madison Lesher, daughter of Corey and Jennifer Lesher, State Fair Community College, AAS Pharmacy Technician Health Care Specialist; Grace Martin, daughter of Casey and Jackie Martin, University of Missouri, Health Professions/Occupational Therapy.