Max L. Starkey Scholarship

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Max L. Starkey Scholarship

At Pyle Law, we understand the financial challenges students and families will face in college can be overwhelming. That’s why we have decided to offer an annual scholarship of $1,000 for a McPherson High School graduate who is pursuing a career in the trades (vocational/technical schools).

The Applications Are Due February 15 Each Year.

My granddad Max L. Starkey was born on April 19, 1918, in Smithfield, West Virginia.  He moved to Oklahoma with his family as a young boy.  He was the oldest of four children and went to work on his own at age 12.  He bought his own car – a Model T – and delivered newspapers in bulk to carriers of the Tulsa daily newspaper.  He would get up early in the morning and then would go to school after work.

Granddad Max married my grandmother Virginia R. Downey in October of 1939.  He was working as a gas station attendant at the time and eventually moved to Kansas to work as an airplane mechanic.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II and was eventually assigned to the U.S. Army Air Corps so he could work on airplanes.  He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and moved to McPherson, Kansas first working as a mechanic at the local Chevrolet garage until he took a job at the National Cooperative Refinery Association (NCRA) where he worked for 50 years.

Granddad Max and Grandma Starkey had three children – Deanna, my mother Martha, and Susan.

Granddad Max taught me the value of honest work and if something was worth doing, it was worth doing right.  He was a perfectionist.  I am proud to sponsor a scholarship in his name!

At Pyle Law, our law firm is committed to helping our clients secure justice under the law in an efficient, effective, and compassionate manner, from the moment they walk into our office to the moment their issue is resolved. Serving the state of Kansas, our firm has helped hundreds of individuals and families with their legal issues.

We offer free, confidential consultations to those who believe they may need a Kansas lawyer. To learn more about our legal services, to ask a question about your case, or to request a private meeting with an attorney, please contact us today: 620-241-9000.

Thank you and good luck!

To help combat the ever-growing cost of education,
we’re offering an annual scholarship of


The scholarship will be provided to a McPherson High School graduate who is
enrolled at either a vocational or technical school. The scholarship will be offered for the fall semester
  • How To Apply

    Community involvement is very important to us at Pyle Law. In everything we do, from fighting for the injured to events and charities that help our neighbors, we are determined to help our community in any way we can.
    With that being said, we want to award a scholarship that is being offered through the McPherson County Community Foundation that is open to graduating seniors who plan on attending a vocational or trade school.  Click on this link to know the application process.
  • Link to 2024 Application:

    If you are applying for a scholarship, you must create an account and fill out the general grant application. Afterward, you will be presented with a list of scholarships that you are eligible for. Click here to register.

Application Guidelines

  • Students must be residents of McPherson County
  • The student must be a McPherson High School graduate.
  • Student must be attending a vocational/technical school.
  • Submit a copy of your high school student ID and proof of vocational/ technical school enrollment.
If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, your application, or the scholarship itself, please contact MCCF via phone or email at

Fall Semester 1st Year Students Only

Bonus Points

Students who give us a social-media shoutout about the scholarship will be credited with one bonus point per social-media channel. The shout out must be public and include a link to the website and a tag (link) to our respective social media accounts. Also, please use the hashtag #pylelawscholarship so we can find your account easier.

Shoutouts in Stories are not acceptable as we might not get to them within 24 hours for review.

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