2017 GBL Scholarship & Football Award Winners

Once again due to the continued support of our GBL Friends and sponsors we proudly present this year’s Get Busy Livin’ Community Foundation Scholarship awards.

From a large group of Crawford County high school applicants the following six individuals were selected. Each individual represents having a unique value of personal motivation with “no self-limitations”. They illustrate strong academic achievements, extracurricular participation, giving to others, leading by example, and are role models among their peers.  


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Margaret Murray
2017 graduate of Frontenac High School - daughter of Susie and Brent Murray - attends Pittsburg State University. Putting her fears aside has enabled Maggie to do and see unbelievable things thus far in her life. She will use her strengths to “climb any mountain”. Family moments will always make her smile and bring tears of joy.


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Eric Wilson
2017 graduate of Girard High School – son of Beth and Scott Wilson – attends the United State Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Eric has learned from personal experience how much power his family’s love can generate. His “pass-it-on” philosophy will forever be used no matter if it deals with kindness, necessity, or lending a helping hand. When his dreams come true, Eric will be one of the finest naval officers and Navy pilot our country has to offer.


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Lindsey Fox
2017 Northeast High School - daughter of Sheila and Donnie Fox - attends Pittsburg State University. Working hard to help others brings joy and total bliss to Lindsey. Our world needs more positive women like her. “Touching others are only made possible by our fingerprints”.


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Trina Paul
2017 graduate of Pittsburg High School- daughter of Shipra and Dilip Paul – attends Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Trina’s life thus far has been enriched with diverse cultures. She will use her god given natural-born talents to better any place, job, or relationship she is in. No doubt Trina will leave her mark in this world with quite a trail behind her.



Lauren Eagon
2017 graduate of Frontenac High School – daughter of Tracy and Daryl Eagon – attends the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. By teaching and helping others, Lauren is convinced she’s learned more from them in return. She values how much there is to live outside her “comfort zone”. Who knows the fun she’ll have reaching her goal as a wildlife biologist.



Kelli Cuthbertson
2017 graduate of Girard High School – daughter of Julie and Scott Cuthbertson – attends Pittsburg State University. Kelli has learned what determination can do to a hardworking girl. Her future will no doubt be “magically bright” and full of heartfelt blessings. She will be an awesome chiropractor helping others to live happy and healthy.

Each year the GBL awards two scholarships to well deserving football athletes that not only excel on the field; but also provide team leadership and inspiration.


Will Schneider: Get Busy Livin’ Kpreps Player of the Year Award
Shawnee Mission North High School

For the sixth year the GBL Foundation along with Kpreps.com has selected the record setting quarterback and leader from a large group of well deserving applicants from across Kansas.

A four year starter at Shawnee Mission North, Will finished his career with a state record 8,901 yards. Additionally, he was a member of his student council, participated in the school's theater department and volunteered his spare time to various local charities and other youth focused sport groups.

As he learned about the GBL Foundation award from his high school coach, he became ecstatic and extremely proud to become this year’s recipient joining other previous winners that include: Rossville’s Tucker Horak, Bishop Carroll’s Denzel Goolsby, Shawnee Mission West’s Austin Chambers, Lawrence’s Brad Strauss and Madison’s Kole Schankie.

Will is currently attending William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri on a football scholarship and participated in several games this year. We wish Will the best of luck with his college career.


Elijah Harris: Pittsburg Football Purple Dragon Player of the Year

Each person is given a gift in life to succeed; however, it takes strong effort and purpose to make it happen… Elijah’s football at PHS exemplifies such actions. He became a four year defensive back starter; and earned All State awards for his junior and senior years. Most importantly he led PHS to great seasons as a leader and captain. Additionally, Elijah was a tremendous PHS baseball player controlling centerfield for four years with All State honors.  

Elijah has currently red shirted with the PSU Gorillas football squad; and anxiously awaits spring baseball. GBL is honored to award this scholarship to him. We know Elijah has a great plan ahead for himself and those around him.  


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