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Sumner High School Alumni Association Hodge-Thompson Scholarship Award - March 23rd (Multiple Awards)

Sumner High School, named for Charles Sumner, an eminent scholar, abolitionist and U. S. Senator from Massachusetts, served and educated youth in the predominately Black community from 1905-1978. The original building was located at Ninth Street and Washington Blvd. The "new" building, located at Eighth & Oakland Avenue, was completed and occupied in January, 1940.


From the beginning, the faculty and staff at Sumner High School established for their students, the highest standards of education, morals, and ethics. The curriculum emphasized college preparation classes, the classics, mathematics and science. Teachers instilled in students a determination to overcome inequities, and to succeed "in spite of."


At the end of the 1978 school year, with the implementation of the school district's desegregation plan, "Sumner High School", ceased to exist. The building is now known as "Sumner Academy" but it continues to model the "old" Sumner High School's high standards for education excellence.


Alumni today credit much of Sumner's success to the leadership of two long-time principals: John A. Hodge, who served from 1916-1951 and Solomon H. Thompson, principal from 1951-1972. The Hodge-Thompson Scholarship was named to honor these two great educators and leaders.


The first Hodge-Thompson awards were made in 1989. Since that time, nearly 100 scholarships have been awarded to area students. The Sumner High School Alumni Association Scholarship Committee will continue to work toward providing assistance to deserving graduates of District #500 in Kansas City, Kansas.


You are invited to apply for scholarship assistance if you meet the eligibility criteria included in the application packet. The application deadline is March 23, 2018. ALL MATERIALS MUST BE POSTMARKED OR RECEIVED BY THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE THAN THAT DATE.


Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail. All applications become the property of the Sumner High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Information provided on the application form is confidential and for use by the Scholarship Selection Committee only. If you have questions, please contact the committee at 913-558-1962.


Application packets can be picked up on the Scholarship Board outside of the College & Career Center.

Posted by: Diamond Howell Published:3/5/18
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