Steve Harper Scholarship renewed, to help Kansas students

The Outdoors Writers of Kansas and Kansas Wildscape are renewing the Steve Harper Scholarship.

A scholarship for Kansas students is named after Steve Harper, past outdoors writer/photographer. He died in 2000.

Harper, a longtime photo editor and outdoors writer/photographer for the Wichita Eagle, died in 2000. A scholarship in his name was suggested by Gov. Bill Graves and others. The $1,000 scholarship program was funded by donations shortly after Harper’s death from cancer at the age of  55. Funds expired after about 10 years.

Applications may be made by students graduating from a Kansas high school planning on attending a Kansas four-year college, with a nature/wildlife-based major. The student must also have career goals of staying in Kansas. College students with a similar major and goals may also apply.

The program will issue one $1,000 scholarship annually, directly to the student’s college.

Harper was known for his deep love of Kansas, and published hundreds of articles and photos about enjoying his native state. He also rated Kansans as some of the finest people  in America, especially those that possessed great deals of commitment and motivation.

Scholarship applicants will be judged by members of the Outdoor Writers of Kansas and Kansas Wildscape. Selection criteria will include past and current involvement in nature/wildlife-related projects, scholastic achievement and projected potential.

For information on applying, contact Debbie Brandt at Kansas Wildscape at 785-843-9453 or dbrandt@sunflower.com.