2014 KLL Scholarship Foundation Award Winners Announced!


Overland Park, KS—The Kelly Lynn Lutz Scholarship Foundation, a local non-profit that offers scholarships to students who have lost a parent to cancer, has selected its recipients for its 2014 scholarship awards. This year, the KLL Foundation received a record number of applicants and selected five. With this year’s scholarship winners, the KLL Foundation will have committed $65,000 to a total of 23 students as they further their education.

“Although it is never easy to decide between incredibly qualified students who have faced such a test of adversity, we are very happy to be able to assist five new students this year as they move forward with their college education,” Shane Lutz, President of the KLL Foundation, said. “We are profoundly impacted by their stories and look forward to assisting during their college career as they lay the foundation to achieve their dreams.”

Winners of the 2014 KLL Foundation scholarship awards come from diverse backgrounds, each with unique and powerful stories:

  • McKenna Parker, Blue Springs High School graduate—after losing her father to pancreatic cancer in 2012, she graduated near the top of her class and plans to study biochemistry and nutrition at Kansas State University, where she has an honors scholarship.
  • Justine Dlabal, Wilson High School graduate—though she watched her mother battle cancer for many years before ultimately losing that battle in 2007, Justine graduated at the top of her class and is currently studying early childhood education at KSU.
  • Catelynne Crosley, Elkhart High School graduate—having accelerated her studies to graduate a full year early, she plans to become an optometrist. Crosley lost her father to prostate cancer in 2013.
  • Anne Dearmond, Shawnee Mission West graduate—losing her mother to endometrial cancer in 2011, Dearmond has become more self-sufficient, and with a 4.3 high school GPA, she plans to attend the University of Kansas to study psychology.
  • Evan Green, Olathe East High School graduate—after a short battle with cancer, Green’s father passed away in 2012; Green plans to attend KSU and pursue milling science.

For complete information about this year’s winners, click here.

To download the press release, click here.


As a mother, teacher, sister and daughter, Kelly Lynn Lutz positively impacted her community all while valiantly battling cancer. Although she lost that battle in 2008, her work continues through the KLL Foundation, which was founded shortly after her passing to award scholarships to students who have lost a parent to cancer. For more information about The KLL Scholarship Foundation and how to donate or apply, visit KLLScholarshipFund.org or like us on Facebook.

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