CHS grad Kennedy Ladd receives Thelma Stanley Jayhawk Scholarship


Kennedy R. Ladd, a 2021 graduate of Carthage High School, has been selected to receive the Thelma Stanley Jayhawk Scholarship, administered by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Ladd, the daughter of Rachel and Robert Kennedy, will attend Missouri Southern State University this fall, where she plans to study nursing. 

“Receiving the Thelma Stanley Jawhawk Scholarship has given me the opportunity to not only have my first year of college paid for in full, but it has also inspired me to continue working and reaching my goal of one day becoming a traveling registered nurse,” Ladd said. “Being a first-generation college student in itself is a huge step and to know that I have a community that is supporting me in this next chapter of my life is beyond amazing.”

The Thelma Stanley Jayhawk Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 by Thelma Stanley’s estate to provide financial assistance to Carthage High School graduates, especially first-generation college students. The endowed fund is held under Carthage Community Foundation.


The CFO is a regional public charitable foundation that works to advance philanthropy through a network of private donors, 53 affiliate foundations — including Carthage Community Foundation — and more than 600 nonprofit partners throughout its service region south of the Missouri River.

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