Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic Scholarship Program

The Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic supports habitat improvement and wildlife conservation in Northwest Kansas. The Classic works locally to improve awareness, enhance public hunting access and champion wildlife habit projects. To support ongoing educational efforts, the Classic annually funds a college scholarship to be awarded to a student majoring in a related field.

Scholarship amount: $1,000

Download the  2021 College Scholarship Application-2021 scholarship closed

2021 Scholarship Recipients 


2020 Scholarship Recipient – Elsi Miller, Great Bend, KS

Elsie will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology/natural resources at Fort Hays State University. “I believe that my education at Fort Hays State University will help me to make a difference in the future of conservation and restoration of the earth.”

2019 Scholarship Recipient – Morgan Rains, Oakley, KS

Morgan plans to attend Cloud Community College with hopes to attend Kansas State University to study Wildlife Outdoor Enterprise Management.  “I have always lover the outdoors and wildlife.  I wold like to start my own guiding business and hope to start and run a deer farm in the future.” 

2018 Scholarship Recipient – Ross Ifland, Cedar, KS

A Senior at Smith Center High School, Ross will attend Barton Community College and plans to transfer to Kansas State University majoring in Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management with a minor in Business Management.  Ross’ participation in wildlife and conservation management programs  with Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism, Ducks Unlimited, Quail Forever and his local county along with his chosen career path earned him the 2018 $1,000 student scholarship award.  “Thank you so much for selecting me as the recipient of the Ringneck Classic scholarship.  Your support of my college education is greatly appreciated.”

2017 Scholarship Recipient – Jaden Schmidt, Beewster, KS

Jaden will attend Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas and plans major in wildlife management. I have always had a deep and passionate love for the outdoors since I first went pheasant hunting with a group of friends.  I realized how vital our environment is and the importance of preserving that ecosystem for future generations.”

2016 Scholarship Recipient – Austin Baalman, Oakley, KS 

Austin is earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University

2015 Scholarship Recipient – Mason Scheetz, Oakley, Kansas

Mason  pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Biology at Kansas State University.  “Being around wildlife (my whole life) has driven me to pursue a career that will allow me to help preserve the wildlife and the habitat in which they live.  I would also like to own and operate a hunting lodge in Western Kansas where I have been raised and grown up hunting in.”

 2014 Scholarship Recipient – Kody Molzahn, Ebson  Smith Center, Kansas

Kody is entering Cloud County Community College in the fall and, after receiving his Associates Degree,  plans to attend K-State to pursue an education in Wildlife Management and Outdoor Enterprise. “Thank you for selecting me as the Ringneck Classic Scholarship recipient. It is an honor to receive this and I will put the money to good use to further my education. I am a lifelong hunter and wildlife management is important to me.

2013 Scholarship Recipient – Jerrik Keller, Oakley, KS – Attending Colorado State University

Jerrik graduated from Oakley High School in 2012 with a GPA of 4.0. He will be a second year student at CSU and is majoring in Agricultural Business. ”My goal is to use this degree to further my understanding of modern-day farming practices so that I may return to Oakley to farm alongside my father and family”.

2012 Scholarship Recipient – Coulter Boyd, Oakley, KS – Attending Fort Hays State University

August 16, 2012
Dear Committee:
I am honored to be a recipient of the Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic Scholarship Award. Your generous support is helping me with my tuition and books at FSU this fall. I look forward to helping with the 2012 hunt in November.

Thanks again, Coulter Boyd