Scholarships and Memorial Gifts

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

Making a gift to CUKC is a wonderful way to memorialize someone’s life. If you have a loved one who has been impacted by CUKC, establishing a memorial or tribute gift is a meaningful way to honor your loved one or celebrate special occasions such as a birthday.

Memorial gift language to be included in obituaries can include this sample language:
In lieu of flowers, the family asks the donations be made to Cleveland Foundation Fund for the benefit of CUKC. Please makes checks payable to CUKC and send donations to the following address:

CUKC Memorials, Advancement Department
10850 Lowell Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66210


Below is a current list of named scholarships at CUKC. Initiating a scholarship in the name of someone special is easy to do. Contact Jessica Ramirez, vice president of advancement, at (913) 234-0617, or by email at For more information on the scholarships below click here.

The 100% Impact Fund was created in 2021, and is funded by the 100% Chiropractic franchise owners and doctors. At 100% Chiropractic, we firmly believe in impacting the future of chiropractic in a positive way, and the 100% Impact Fund is our way of doing just that. From furthering research incentives, to providing scholarships for chiropractic students and multiple other initiatives, the 100% Impact Fund is just getting started. We are excited to see the impact it continues to make.

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a gift from Alumni Association to the Cleveland College Foundation Fund and is to be made part of the Foundation Scholarship Fund for the benefit of Cleveland University.

Established by Dr. James C. Anderson, a 1966 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City, and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees. The scholarship is for the benefit of students enrolled in the B.S. or D.C. programs. Recipients must have completed the Cleveland Success Strategies Program.

The Anrig Family Research Scholarship was established by Dr. Ernst Anrig, 1969 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Los Angeles (CCC-LA). Dr. Ernst emigrated from Switzerland when he was in his early 20s, settling in Canada before moving to California to attend CCC-LA.

Dr. Anrig serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board. He practices in northern California with his three children, Dr. Susi Anrig, CCC-LA 1987, Dr. Dan Anrig, CCC-LA 1988, and Dr. Claudia Anrig. The scholarship is available to a qualified student who is actively involved in scholarly research.

With contributions from friends, colleagues, and the Slavik family, Mrs. Kristin Slavik established a scholarship in memory of former faculty member and clinic director Dr. Andrew Slavik. The scholarship is available to a student with experience in one of the University’s clinics, with first preference given to a student with experience in the Chiropractic Health Center.

The Beckley Family Scholarship was initiated in 2006 by Dr. D. Clark Beckley, a 1975 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City, and former Vice President of Campus and Alumni Relations. The scholarship is available to a qualified student in the D.C. program currently completing requirements in the student clinic or Chiropractic Health Center.

The Buell O. Boring Memorial Scholarship was started in 1983 with a $5,000 donation from Dr. Boring’s widow, Jeanne Boring. Dr. Buell Boring, a 1934 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City (CCC-KC), was the president of the first alumni association at Cleveland Chiropractic College, and was a close friend of Dr. Carl S. Cleveland Jr. Dr. Boring’s sons both graduated from CCC-KC, Ray in 1966, and Gary in 1968.

Spouses Dr. Ralph Cardin, a 1996 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City (CCC-KC), and Dr. Heather Cardin, a 1997 CCC-KC graduate, established this scholarship, which is awarded to a single parent in the B.S. or D.C. program.

Known for her beautiful smile and infectious laugh, Carol Foster was a wife, mother, career woman, and champion of chiropractic. Her husband, Dr. Paul Foster, a 1958 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City (CCC-KC), and their son, Dr. Allen Foster, CCC-KC 1991, established the Carol Foster Memorial Scholarship in memory of their beloved wife and mother.

Dr. Chuck Eddy, a 1970 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City, along with his wife Donna, was a devoted supporter of chiropractic and the University, serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Cleveland Chiropractic Alumni Board for many years. Dr. Eddy worked his way through college as a professional musician, and continued to perform locally for many years with his “Chuck Eddy Band.” The Eddy Scholarship is awarded to a performing musician or vocalist enrolled at Cleveland University-Kansas City.

Co-founder of the Chiro One Wellness Centers and MyoCore personalized pain care centers, Dr. Sam Wang, created the Chiro One / MyoCore Scholarship as part of the organization’s continued commitment to education, development, and success of chiropractic’s brightest students and future leaders. The scholarship is available to chiropractic students with experience in one of the University’s clinics.

The CUKC Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research is awarded to students in BIOL 495, Advanced Topics in Human Biology, based upon the strength of their research presentations.

Dr. Dorothea Towne, 1954 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Los Angeles (CCC-LA), was a well-known chiropractic educator and gained national attention when she appeared on the Merv Griffin television show in 1975 to discuss chiropractic. A long-time administrator and faculty member at CCC-LA, Dr. Towne was highly respected throughout the chiropractic profession and cherished by her students.

The Directors of the Cleveland College Foundation created this memorial scholarship to provide a perpetual tribute to an extraordinary woman.

In 2017 Cleveland received an additional $50,000 bequest directed to Dr. Towne’s scholarship through the estate of Dr. Robert Laffey, a 1966 alumnus of CCC-LA and a former student of Dr. Towne.

This scholarship was established by Dr. Edward McKenzie, a 1969 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City (CCC-KC), current faculty member, and past member of the Board of Trustees, in honor of his father, Dr. Edwin C. McKenzie, who graduated from CCC-KC in 1952.

From humble beginnings, Dr. Elizabeth Maddy, a 1954 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City (CCC-KC), worked in her parents’ two-room, penny-candy store in the Brush Creek area of Kansas City while studying at CCC-KC. Upon her death, she bequeathed more than $300,000 to the Cleveland College Foundation for a perpetual student scholarship fund. She was a memorable and very generous woman. The scholarship is available to a female chiropractic student.

Dr. Ethelbert Stalling, a 1941 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City, practiced for more than 50 years in Pleasant Hill, Mo., becoming a most cherished advocate, volunteer and donor, holding every office on the Alumni Board, a charter member of the Cleveland Ambassador Society, and long-term member of the Cleveland Board of Trustees, until her death in 1994. Dr. Stalling gave a sizable portion of her estate to the University, which is now used for student scholarships.

Dr. Dwight Gerred, a 1960 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City, created the Gerred Family Scholarship in 1981. Chiropractic was Dr. Gerred’s passion, and through his generous support, he created a perpetual legacy. Dr. Gerred was a beloved faculty member at Cleveland and retired in 2003 as executive vice president. In addition, he maintained a private practice in South Kansas City with his long-time colleague, Dr. Fred Staab. In 2018, following a fundraising initiative led by Dr. Gerred’s dear friend Dr. Clark Beckley, the Chiropractic Health Center waiting area was renamed the Gerred Reception Area.

The scholarship is given in memory of Dr. Gordon Heuser, a Logan Chiropractic Alumnus and friend to CUKC, by his son, Dr. Charles Heuser. The scholarship shall be awarded to any student enrolled in the Doctor of Chiropractic program. Preference shall be given to a student with financial need.

Known as Gus Peters, Gustavus was a change-of-career student at Cleveland with an infectious excitement for chiropractic.

Unfortunately, Gus died in 1995 before he completed his education. He was a member of the Beta Chi Rho (BXP) Fraternity/Sorority, and since his death, members of Beta Chi Rho have been adding to this scholarship fund.

The scholarship is available to a student who exemplifies a decent and helpful spirit, and requires submission of an essay on the topic of service.

The Heart of America Patriot Foundation partners with Cleveland University-Kansas City to provide scholarship funds to students with the Chapter 35 designation, which includes being the dependent of a veteran or service member who has died, was captured or is missing, or was injured in the line of duty.

Ms. Helen King Boyer was an accomplished and internationally known printmaker and toy designer. She was a patient in the Health Center from 1988-1995, and because she was so impressed with the healthcare she received, left a sizable donation to the University in her estate. The University established a scholarship in her name with her gift.

Recognizing the value diversity brings to an institution of higher learning, the Directors of the Cleveland College Foundation established the international scholarship in 2007.

This scholarship is awarded to an international chiropractic student who demonstrates academic achievement and a commitment
to service.

This scholarship was established through a bequest made by the Frays. Dr. James Fray graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City in 1959, and practiced in Kansas City, Mo., and Phoenix, Ariz.

Dr. Fray had a passion for helping sick children. This scholarship is awarded to a student who shares Dr. Fray’s passion for helping others, especially children.

This scholarship was established in 2015 in memory of Dr. Robert F. Klinginsmith, a 1959 Cleveland alumnus. Family members involved with the scholarship’s establishment include: Dr. Linda Klinginsmith-Tilford ’76; Dr. Don Klinginsmith ’83; Dr. Robert M. Klinginsmith ’77 and Dr. Merri Klinginsmith Meyers ’91; along with Dr. Don’s wife, Dr. Bonnie Klinginsmith ’83. The scholarship is awarded to students in the B.S. or D.C. programs that are second or third generation chiropractic students (or more) with a 2.5 cumulative GPA in good academic standing. Submission requires an essay answering, “Why are you following in a family member’s footsteps and becoming a ‘second generation’ chiropractor?”

Many remember Dr. Lester as a kidder – whether he knew you or not, his teasing was legendary. From the day he graduated Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City (CCC-KC) in 1952, until his death in 1984, Dr. Lester Meng shared his personality and chiropractic passion with his college, community, and colleagues.

Dr. Meng served as a member of the Cleveland Board of Trustees, president of the Cleveland Alumni Association, president of the Academy of Missouri Chiropractors, and much more. Dr. Lester’s son Dr. Timothy Meng, CCC-KC 1966, and his grandson Dr. Michael Meng, CCC-KC 2003, continue the Meng legacy in chiropractic.

This scholarship was initiated in 2004 by Dr. Stuart Martin, a 1996 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Los Angeles. Dr. Martin has always been interested in the history of Native Americans. Dr. Martin created the scholarship in an effort to honor and celebrate the Native American culture.

Dr. Jack Marvin, a 1957 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City (CCC-KC) started the Marvin Family Scholarship following the untimely death of his son, 1991 CCC-KC alum, Dr. Allen Marvin. Additional funds were donated following the passing of Dr. Jack Marvin in 1999. Marvin’s Midtown Chiropractic Clinic continues to operate in Midtown Kansas City, Mo.

Dr. Mary Jane Newcomb graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City in 1946 and opened a practice at 34th & Troost in Kansas City, Mo. with Dr. Richard Wheatley. Dr. Mary Jane was a performance skater, as was Dr. Millie Cleveland, and they performed in couples skating throughout the Midwest. Dr. Newcomb was a lifelong learner and earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D., in addition to her chiropractic degree.

In the late 1960s, Dr. Mary Jane became a full-time faculty member at Cleveland and spearheaded the accreditation process with the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), which resulted in specialized accreditation at the college. As a former babysitter for Carl S. Cleveland III, she found it ironic and amusing that the baby she once cared for became her boss!

Dr. L. Russell Matthias, a 1974 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City, established the Matthias Family Scholarship in 2006 to honor his family.

A tireless volunteer for the chiropractic profession, Dr. Matthias is past president of the Missouri Chiropractic Physicians Association; member of the MCPA Legislative Committee for 30+ years, treasurer of the Cleveland Chiropractic Alumni Association, and served as a director on the Cleveland College Foundation. Dr. Matthias still maintains a busy private practice in Blue Springs, Mo.

Initiated in 1997 by Michael’s mother Patricia, his family and friends continue to add to this scholarship in memory of a young person who passed away too early in life. Dr. Michael Pennington, Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City, 1993, spent considerable time in the college library.

Donated by a former doctor of chiropractic (D.C.) student, the Overcomer Scholarship is for a D.C. student with a minimum GPA of 2.5, who went to Rejoice Christian School and played soccer at any of the following Oklahoma schools: Rejoice Christian, Rose State College, or Southern Nazarene University. The award is for a student who has overcome life struggles, and continues to move forward in spite of those struggles.

Dr. Raymond E. Boring graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City in 1966, and maintained an active chiropractic practice until his death in 2004. Ray habitually gave back to the college and the chiropractic profession, serving as a director of the Cleveland Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees, and president of the Alumni Association.

The college received a sizable portion of Dr. Ray’s estate when he died, and used the assets to start a memorial scholarship fund.

The Sandefur Family Research Scholarship was initiated in 2022 by Dr. Ruth Sandefur,  Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City (CCC-KC) 1967, and her son, Dr. David Sandefur, CCC-KC, 1996. Dr. Ruth Sandefur served many roles throughout the college, and retired as Vice President of Academic Services. She passed away in 2020.

Dr. David Sandefur maintains a full-time practice in St. Petersburg, Fla. This scholarship is available to a qualified chiropractic student participating in scholarly research.

Through a generous gift from Albert and Irene Scharosch – parents of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City 2007 alum, and faculty member, Dr. Jill Jarrett – the Basic Science Scholarship was established in 2008. The Scharosch’s said they wanted to give back to Cleveland for the opportunities offered to their daughter as a member of the faculty.

Army Specialist Spencer C. Duncan was living his dream of making a difference in this world when he was killed in action on Aug. 6, 2011. Because Spencer felt so passionately about the freedoms we enjoy in this country, he was willing to give his life. It is his parents’ desire to honor that spirit of sacrifice, and allow Spencer’s life to continue to count and make a difference for others.

Spencer’s parents, Dale and Megan Duncan, are passionate about supporting our nation’s veterans and their families, as well as communities and organizations that work alongside veterans. The Spencer C. Duncan Make it Count Foundation is proud to provide awards to Cleveland University-Kansas City’s student veterans.

The Student Council Leadership Scholarship is made possible with funds from the Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) Student Council, and is awarded to a student who positively represents CUKC through service, leadership, and community involvement.

When a friend or colleague dies, many individuals donate to the University in memory of the deceased. In 1984, the Board of Trustees established the Vanguard Scholarship to provide scholarship awards from this collective and perpetual memorial fund that honors departed friends and loved ones.

The Cleveland Chiropractic Alumni Association has endorsed the cause and, at the death of fellow alums, provides memorial donations to honor their colleagues. The scholarship is available to a chiropractic student who demonstrates academic achievement and a commitment to serve others.

Dr. Richard Walford graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City in 1984. He returned to his beloved Colorado Springs, Colo., where he continues his successful sports-oriented chiropractic practice working with high school and college athletes, as well as families for more than 35 years.

Dr. Walford’s career has included working at the Olympic Training Center near him, and because of his influence, there are now permanent chiropractors at each of the three training centers.

The Cleveland College Auxiliary was re-established as the Alumni Auxiliary Scholarship in early 1980, by Ms. Yolanda Witt .

Initially, Ms. Witt wanted a scholarship that supported only women in chiropractic. With her small group of alumni spouses, she arranged raffles, garage sales, bake sales, and other events that provided an initial investment of $11,500. She subsequently broadened the scholarship to include male recipients.

Dr. Carl S. Cleveland Jr., son of the university’s founders, spent his life in service to Cleveland Chiropractic College (now CUKC) and the chiropractic profession. Upon his death in 1995, the Carl S. Cleveland Jr. Memorial Scholarship fund was initiated by caring alumni and friends.

Graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1970, and Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City in 1975, Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III is a fourth generation chiropractor, and the president of Cleveland University-Kansas City. In 2022, he celebrated his 50th year in chiropractic education.

Dr. Carl S. Cleveland IV was the son of Dr. Carl III and Elizabeth Cleveland, and a 2010 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City. An accomplished athlete, beloved son, brother, husband, and father, and a proud Marine who served in the first Gulf War, Carl IV died of cancer in February 2022.

The Carl S. Cleveland IV, D.C. Veterans Memorial Scholarship was started in his honor by family and friends, and all CUKC student veterans or dependents of veterans are eligible to apply.

Christian, son of Dr. Carl III and Elizabeth Cleveland, was a treasured son, brother, friend and colleague. He had a smile that captivated all who met him, a natural charm that turned everyone into a friend, and a laugh that continues to echo in our hearts. Christian’s great loves were his family, friends and fishing.

He was most at ease when surrounded by those who loved him, or on the water with a fishing pole and a tub of worms. In the same way that people couldn’t resist Christian, it seems the fish couldn’t either — many a skilled fisherman found his catch dwarfed by Christian’s in a tournament or a casual weekend outing. Although Christian’s time with us was short, he will live forever in our memory. This scholarship was established by family and friends in 2008.

Elizabeth Fields Cleveland, wife of Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, founded this scholarship in memory of her parents, Clarence and Louise Fields. Her mother worked as the financial manager for famed Kansas City garment designer Nelly Don, and her father was employed by and then retired from Trans World Airlines. As a young man, Clarence was a baseball start known around the Midwest as “Casey Fields.” To their friends, they were Bud and Louise, avid gardeners. The couple grew up in tiny Missouri towns and, as their daughter Elizabeth says, “They raised the family with dignity.”

Elizabeth Cleveland was the founding Executive Director of the Cleveland College Foundation, and created the Foundation Scholarship program that continues today.

Known to most as “Dr. Millie,” Mildred Cleveland was a 1955 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College-Kansas City and an important part of life at Cleveland Chiropractic College. She was Dr. Carl S. Cleveland Jr.’s wife and – as a trusted partner – served in many capacities, including member of the faculty. Dr. Millie was a helpful mentor and tutor to countless students, yet she always said her most important role in life was being a mother to Carl Cleveland III. This memorial scholarship was established by family and friends upon her death in 1979.


The window to apply for scholarships is open beginning August 1, 2023. Scholarship applications must be submitted by midnight, October 15.

Please Read These Steps Read Before Applying

1. Qualifications/Information

  • To apply for Foundation scholarships, Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above and must be full-time students in good standing at CUKC currently enrolled for the fall trimester.
  • Foundation scholarships will be applied to the CUKC spring trimester tuition. Students must plan to be enrolled in the spring at CUKC to apply for scholarships.
  • Attendance at the scholarship banquet (held the first Friday of December) is required to receive a Foundation Scholarship Award.
  • CUKC students are invited to apply each year for scholarship awards. Students may apply for multiple scholarships, and the amount for each scholarship varies.
  • Make sure to select the correct program in which you are enrolled to see which scholarship opportunities are available. To see the list of scholarship opportunities, click here, or the “Scholarships & Memorials” heading on the right-side navigation.
  • Please indicate any applicable scholarships for the scholarship committee’s consideration by selecting the box and completing the corresponding essay.
  • If you experience difficulties while attempting to submit your materials, please contact IT at 913.234.0711, or via email at

2. Required Essay Format

  • Required writing style/format and essay length: double spacing, 1″ margins, tab for indention and 1-2 pages.
  • Required naming convention: Save each essay in the headline as the scholarship name and exclude your name from the essay.
  • Required software: prefer PDF, but will accept Word.
  • How to save and submit: Save each essay as instructed.

2022 Scoring Rubric for Essays (PDF)

3. Accessing the Scholarship Application Form

Starting in 2023, the CUKC scholarship application form is accessed from Canvas. The scholarship application is no longer available on the CUKC website. You can access the application form at the link below or from Canvas. You must have a Canvas login to access the application form.

Donate to CUKC’s Scholarship Fund