Teacher Enhancement Scholarship

Walter J. Moss Teacher Enhancement Scholarship

An Opportunity for Professional

Educators to Achieve Advanced

Degrees or Certification

Walter J. Moss (July 19, 1934 – October 20, 2020)

His friends called him "Walt."  Throughout Howard County, Walter J. Moss was a household name.  He graduated from Kokomo High School in 1951.  He was a life-long resident and entrepreneur. Walt began his barbering career in 1952, purchased his own shop in 1965, and retired in 2006.  The Walt Moss Barber Shop remains an institution in downtown Kokomo.  

Walt believed that education is a vital part of any community's success.  Through his generosity, Walt has made it possible for the Kokomo Schools Education Foundation to offer scholarships for professional educators in Howard County.  Both Walt and the Kokomo Schools Education Foundation believe that highly trained teachers and administrators translate into improved student achievement and an academically sound learning atmosphere.


Conditions and Application Process


Applications must be submitted on the form provided by the Kokomo Schools Education Foundation by April 1 of each academic year.  Applications may be downloaded from the Kokomo Schools website at:


or by contacting Debbie Vawter at the Kokomo Schools Administrative Service Center ([email protected]);

Kokomo Schools Education Foundation

1500 S. Washington St.

P. O. Box 2188

Kokomo, IN 46904-2188

Phone — 765-455-8000

For Kokomo School Corporation applications, selection will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the Kokomo Schools Education Foundation based on educational contributions to the school district, quality of the course of study, and/or application of the study to the current or potential future assignments.  In the event applications are received from other Howard County or parochial school districts, selection will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the Community Foundation of Howard County using the same criteria listed above.

The Kokomo Schools Education Foundation reserves the right to reject any scholarship application and/or refuse to award the scholarship in any given year.

Although not required, the Kokomo Schools Education Foundation would expect that recipients would make contributions to the scholarship in future years.

The scholarship recipient will be reimbursed up to $1,000 upon presentation of a course transcript and/or receipts for payment of fees or materials to the Kokomo Schools Education Foundation.

Scholarship recipients may apply for assistance more than one time.

For additional information, please contact Joe Dunbar, Executive Director, Kokomo Schools Education Foundation ([email protected]); phone — 765-437-1596.


  • Any professional educator in the Kokomo School Corporation or Howard County School Districts seeking an advanced degree and/or certification beyond initial certification is eligible.                
  • The degree or certification sought should be in the field of education or subject area taught.  
  • The degree or certification may be pursued at any institution of higher learning approved by the State of Indiana.  
  • Although not required, the recipient should have the intent to remain in the Kokomo School Corporation or their home school districts at least three years beyond the time of the scholarship award.  
  • The Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent or Director of Elementary Education, or their designees should approve the course of study being pursued.

Walt Moss Teacher Scholarship Application

Walt Moss Teacher Scholarship Brochure

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