McKenna Memorial Scholarship

About this scholarship 

Elise Mayor McKenna came to Wyoming in 1922, when her family homesteaded in the 4-Mile area. After graduating from Johnson County High School in Buffalo in 1926, she taught school at the Big 4 School on 4-Mile for two years. Ross and Elise were married in 1928 and made Kaycee their home. After raising a family, Elise resumed teaching in 1945 and taught in Kaycee until her retirement in 1971. From 1950 through 1967, Elise sponsored and chaperoned educational tours for Kaycee Junior High groups. Before Kaycee had a regular physical education teacher, Elise taught tumbling, square dancing, tatting, and knitting to the girls. She was a charter member of the Johnson County Education Association and Kaycee PTA. Her husband Ross operated the Conoco service station in Kaycee from 1938 through 1978. He was a volunteer weather reporter for the National Weather Bureau for 45 years. He passed away in 1986 at the age of 86. Elise continued to live in Kaycee until 1999 when she moved to New Rockford, North Dakota. Until her death at age 98, she considered herself a Wyomingite, and, most especially, a Kaycee resident. Ross and Elise always believed in giving back to the community they lived in for most of their lives, and education was very important to Elise. 

Who is eligible? 

Any graduating senior or graduate of Kaycee High School.

What is the amount of the scholarship? 


What is the length of the scholarship? 

1 year 

Essay questions and additional materials: 

None: If you are eligible for this scholarship, you will only need to fill out the common questions on the application. 

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