Feb 25, 2020 1:08 PM

Idea from Salina Central alum leads to scholarship

Posted Feb 25, 2020 1:08 PM

Three groups of alumni from Salina High School Central have joined forces to create the Salina Central Millennium Scholarship Fund.

The classes of 1998, 1999, and 2000 created this scholarship to honor the memories of their classmates who have died.

<b>The late Adam Burnham Hulstine.</b> Photo courtesy the scholarship organizing group
The late Adam Burnham Hulstine. Photo courtesy the scholarship organizing group

The idea to create a scholarship came from Adam Burnham Hulstine as part of the preparations for the 20th reunion of the class of 1999. When Hulstine died just before the reunion, his classmates organized to bring his idea to life.

Image provided by the scholarship organizing group
Image provided by the scholarship organizing group

Each of the individuals who are remembered through this scholarship is cherished as a friend who made the world better by his/her presence. The honored individuals are missed dearly by their families and classmates.


Application due date: March 1 annually

The completed application, including two reference letters and an official transcript should be submitted to your school counselor by the deadline. A selection committee of faculty from Salina Central will review the applications and make the final recommendation. The selection committee will notify the Salina Education Foundation of the name of the chosen recipient no later than April 15.


The Salina Central Millennium Scholarship Fund is awarded to a graduate of Salina High School Central who plans to attend higher education, either full or part-time, at an institution such as a university, college, or trade school. The recipient must have a minimum 2.0 GPA. The recipient should embody the traits that made the individuals honored through this scholarship so important in the lives of others.

Part 1: Applicant Information

● Name

● Parent/Guardian

● Address

● Phone

Part 2: Application

In a short essay, please answer the following questions:

1. What are your plans after graduating from high school and how will this scholarship help make these plans possible?

2. How have you brought joy into the lives of others and given back to those around you?

3. What challenges have you had to overcome to graduate from high school? What have you learned from your experience and how can these lessons help you succeed in the future?

Part 3: Two letters of reference

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UPDATE: Free tax help canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak

UPDATE March 16: The Salina Area United Way has closed its VITA tax prep office due to COVID-19 concerns.

Free tax preparation assistance will help you keep more of your hard-earned cash.

The Salina Area United Way (SAUW) is offering free tax assistance services to individuals and families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is an IRS-sponsored program. VITA is for moderate and low-income individuals and families, generally with an income of $56,000 and below. It’s providing income tax preparation assistance by trained and certified volunteers. 

There are no hidden fees with the VITA Program, which has played an important role in Salina for over 19 years. Free means free. 

“Last year, more than 1,600 had tax assistance through the program. Volunteers will provide the same high level of assistance again this year,” said Brenda Gutierrez, SAUW program director.

In 2018, E-filed total refunds were $1,505,462 for the area.

“Tell your friends to take advantage of this valuable program,” Gutierrez added.

The program is at 145B South Santa Fe Avenue. Tax assistance is available from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays; 1 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays through April 16. Services are on a first-come-first-served basis by IRS certified volunteers. There is plenty of parking in the City of Salina lots.

Taxpayers must bring a government-issued photo ID, Social Security card, or Social Security number verification letter for all persons named on the tax return, as well as each of their birthdates. They must also bring all income statements including W-2 and 1099 forms for all incomes. Those with health insurance purchased on the marketplace should bring 1095 forms (Affordable Health Care Statements). Taxpayers hoping to claim a Kansas Homestead refund should bring their property tax bills. Those claiming child-care tax credits should bring the total they paid as well as the provider’s tax ID number. Those who wish to receive their refund via direct deposit, or pay their taxes via bank draft should bring a blank check or bank card indicating the account’s routing number and account number. Finally, copies of last year’s state and federal returns are helpful to speed the process of completing this year’s form.