Don and Lucile McNeal Wildcat Scholarship Fund

The McNeal Wildcat Scholarship was established to provide educational opportunities to Council Grove High School senior(s) that are pursuing a college degree at Kansas State University.  This scholarship is in memory of  Don and Lucile McNeal, their family was devoted to the Council Grove area for many years. Don became co-owner of the Council Grove Republican in 1947 where he later became co-owners with his son, Craig McNeal in 1975. The family owned and operated the Republican for over 80 years. His college sweetheart and wife of 71 years, Lucile was a beloved substitute teacher, swim coach, and aerobics instructor. It was said that she taught over 2,000 children to swim in her lifetime. The couple was avid Kansas State football and basketball fans, they attended all home and many away games for 65 years, possibly longer than any other K-State Couple.  



  • Deadline for scholarship applications is April 1, 2020.

  • Refer to criteria below for eligibility and list of documents needed (i.e., transcript, high school resume, introductory letter).

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Please type application, illegible applications will not be considered.

  • Scholarship recipient (s) will be announced at the Council Grove High School Awards Ceremony on  May 13,  2020.

  • Scholarship recipient(s) must provide evidence of enrollment before scholarship funds will be distributed.  Scholarships will be mailed directly to the recipient’s educational institution.

Award Criteria

  • Applicant must be a current registered, graduating senior at Council Grove Senior High.

  • Applicant must be entering a full-time college program at Kansas State University. 

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a permanent resident ID card or current passport.

  • Applicant must include a copy of an official CGHS or college transcript including cumulative GPA.

  • Applicant must include a one-page letter explaining their goals, career plans, financial need, and any other information you want the scholarship selection committee to consider. 

  • Applicant should include a high school resume.







Applications are due by April  1, 2020


Mail to:

Council Grove Area Foundation
C/O McNeal Wildcat Scholarship 

PO BOX 137

Council Grove, KS 66846


Photo Credits: Mindy Sue Photography and Love My Kansas - Land and Aerial Photography/Video


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PO BOX 137
Council Grove, KS 66846

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