Scholarship isn’t about nonsense

I met with Bonnie Darwin executive director of the Hillsboro Community Foundation and Bill Hake of the Cen­tral Kansas Community Foundation about creating a media scholarship fund. They were willing to meet me at the house so Nancy could also listen in case I didn’t get everything right.

Here is what I am thinking about naming the fund as of today:

Free Press / Joel Klaassen No Nonsense Journalism / Multi-Media Scholarship Fund.

Any senior attending a Marion County High School or Canton-Galva High School is eligible with a 3.0 gpa or higher, and enrolled in a Kansas college or university.

The first scholarship grant will be awarded in 2020.

Hillsboro Community Foundation will administer the fund.

I will contribute the net proceed from the sale of the books to a scholarship to be created by the Hillsboro Community Foundation. Once the scholarship has been set up, you may also contribute to the scholarship directly by sending a check to the Hillsboro Community Foundation and designate it for the scholarship.

I will use all of the proceeds from the sale of the books to pay myself back for my initial investment of $10,500.00.

The book sales will be handled through the Free Press and online. Proceeds paid to me from the sales in excess of $10,500 will be personally donated to HCF.

I am hoping that the fund will grow in excess of $10,500.00 which should provide for an annual scholarship of about $500.00 depending on the stock market. If the book sales don’­t entirely make that amount, my wife, Nancy, and I will have personally funded it to that amount.

These are my ideas based on what I know now. There might be some slight changes after I have finalized everything with the Foundation. Stay tuned.

In a small world story, Mr. Hake was a fraternity brother at Fort Hays to friends I worked with at the Wichita Sun in the ’70s.

These past rains made our sump pumps work overtime. I was called home on Monday to find out why one of the pumps ran for about a half hour straight.

When I went down to the basement it was working just fine.

All I can figure out was that the pump wanted his daddy which I think happens a lot. Such as when the car makes a funny noise and then when daddy drives it the noise is gone.

I think the off switch or the float must have been stuck and that is why it kept running.

I have owned my pickup truck for almost five years and just realized that I have only cleaned out the cab once during the whole time.

Next nice day I will take a run at it. Or maybe I will wait until next spring or summer.

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@

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