Robert R. Warrender Scholarship Fund

In the beginning...

Robert "Bob" Warrender lived in southeast Kansas his entire life. Music was his passion and his pastime. Born in Ashton, Kansas, he graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1950 and went on to receive a degree from Arkansas City Junior College (now Cowley College) culminating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wichita State University.

He served in the United States Army with the 129th Army Band.

For 36 years, Bob taught instrumental music in public schools. Bob taught school at Ford, Sedan for seven years, El Dorado for three years and later returned to Sedan where he was the band director for 21 years. He was well respected and loved.

In retirement, Bob volunteered much of his time with the Winfield Intermediate School teaching music to the students. He also was giving private music lessons to Winfield students in fifth through 12th grades.

He was a member of and pianist for the Geuda Springs Community Church and a member of the Arkansas City Community Band, the Senseney Band, Shrine Concert Band, Shrine Ensemble and Shrine Dance Band of Wichita.

Having never married, Bob established this scholarship with the savings he deliberately set aside over his working life as a public school teacher. His intention was to contribute to four years of continuing education for one student from each graduating class. The eligibility requirements reflect his lifelong love of music. The first scholarship was awarded in 2007 following his passing. The Robert R. Warrender Scholarship was initially awarded to a graduating senior in each class at Sedan High School with preference given to students who had been active in vocal music, instrumental programs, or the arts.


There are now multiple Warrender Scholarships available in Sedan, Arkansas City, and Winfield. Warrender Scholarships are awarded to selected graduating seniors who have been in high school music for four years with priority given toward individuals majoring in music education. All eligible applicants are considered regardless of financial need, college field of study or grade point average. Qualified recipients who are enrolled in college on full time basis and continue to do well in their chosen field of study automatically continue to receive an awarded amount each year for four years. This scholarship may award a total of over $13,000 in the four years of study to each qualifying individual.

Where it was the intention of Mr. Warrender to contribute to four years of continuing education for one student from each graduating class of Sedan High School because of his partnership with Legacy Foundation his scholarships are currently supporting 28 students pursue their college educations.

In addition to the Robert R. Warrender Scholarships, the Robert Warrender Revocable Trust (RWRT), under the guidance of Trustee Wayne Hamilton, has provided funding for matching grant opportunities and supported additional charitable projects.

Through Legacy Foundation RWRT helped launch a fundraising effort in Arkansas City with leadership from South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) for new physician recruitment. RWRT understands that in order for a community and its children to be healthy, it must sustain adequate staffing of health care professional(s) and physicians in clinics and a local hospital to serve its population needs.

And for Legacy, RWRT provided a challenge grant to “Keep 5 At Home” as well as increase operating funds for the Foundation.