Twenty-seven college students from Atchison County were presented with the Esther A. and Bruce S. Gibbs Charitable Trust Scholarship in a ceremony held Friday, June 28, 2024, at the Rock Port United Methodist Church. Pictured are, from left to right: front row – Anneliese Clauson, Makenna Farmer, Mercedes Parshall, Kelsea Kirwan, Jae Barnett, Tessa Rolf, and Sophia Martin; middle row – Ryanne Herron, Haley Garrison, Katie Hall, Haley Hall, Braiden Larson, Daniel Lesher, Aubrey Watkins, Kierstyn  Jakub, Mackenzie Lager, Anna Klute, and Jesse Graves; and back row – Ian Hedlund, Phillip Herron, Gabriel Abbott, Kadyn Dowdy, Seth Morey, Aaron Schlueter, Cameron Oswald, Bo Graves, and Braden Graves.


Citizens Bank & Trust, trustee of the Esther A. & Bruce S. Gibbs Charitable Trust, hosted the annual Gibbs Trust Scholarship luncheon Friday, June 28, 2024, at the United Methodist Church in Rock Port. This was the 35th 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 1,093 scholarships since 1990, with a grand total of $1,702,955.00 having been awarded to students to help with their higher education expenses.

Students receiving scholarships this year, their parents, the college they are attending, and major are:

Gabriel Abbott, son of Eric and Michelle Abbott, University of Missouri, Civil Engineering

Jae Barnett, daughter of Jamie and Melody Barnett, Northwest Missouri State University, Broadcast Production

Anneliese Clauson, daughter of Jennifer Blakeman, Kansas State University, Biochemistry and Spanish

Kadyn Dowdy, son of David and Kandi Dowdy, Peru State College, Accounting/CPA and Finance

Makenna Farmer, daughter of W.C. and Shauna Farmer, Creighton University, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Haley Garrison, daughter of Doug and Angela Garrison, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Information Science and Tech/Cyber Security

Bo Graves, son of Danny and Rachel Graves, University of Missouri, Agricultural Systems Technology

Braden Graves, son of Jon and Beth Graves, Kansas State University, Athletic Training and Rehabilitation Sciences

Jesse Graves, daughter of Jon and Beth Graves, State Fair Community College, Radiologic Technology

Haley Hall, daughter of Brian Hall, Des Moines Area Community College, Nursing

Kaitlyn Hall, daughter of Brian Hall, Northwest Missouri State University, Public Accounting

Ian Hedlund, son of Chris and Marisa Hedlund, Northwest Missouri State University, Agriculture Sciences

Phillip Herron, son of Corey and Kristi Herron, University of Missouri, Health Sciences

RyAnne Herron, daughter of Todd and Crystal Herron, Northwest Missouri State University, Middle School Education

Kierstyn Jakub, daughter of Jeff Jakub and Stephanie Athen, Northwest Missouri State University, Biochemistry

Kelsea Kirwan, daughter of Charlie and Sarawn Kirwan, Northwest Missouri State University, Criminology

Anna Klute, daughter of Steve and Liz Klute, Missouri Western State University, Nursing

Mackenzie Lager, daughter of Alan and Jill Lager, Creighton University, Pharmacy

Braiden Larson, son of Matthew and Theresa Larson, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Software Engineering

Daniel Lesher, son of Corey and Jennifer Lesher, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Biblical Studies

Sophia Martin, daughter of Casey and Jackie Martin, University of Missouri, Journalism – Strategic Communication

Seth Morey, son of Brian and Darci Morey, Northwest Missouri State University, Sports Broadcasting

Cameron Oswald, son of Josh and Tracy Oswald, Kansas State University, Agribusiness

Mercedes Parshall, daughter of Nikki Parshall and Roger Parshall, University of Missouri, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

Tessa Rolf, daughter of Mike and Cindy Rolf, University of Missouri, Health Sciences – Health and Wellness Services

Aaron Schlueter, son of Matt and Ann Schlueter, Iowa State University, Agricultural Engineering

Aubrey Watkins, daughter of Jason and Sarah Watkins, Truman State University, Biology with a Minor in Spanish