Kord Klinefelter Memorial Trade School Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Kord Klinefelter who passed suddenly in January on 2021. Kord was a force of nature in our community. He was a successful businessman who believed in supporting our town. He was a skilled tradesman and artist and spoke often about skilled trades being vital.

This year a $1000 scholarship will be awarded to Current class year graduating high school senior of the Ajo Unified High or Home School student residing in Ajo, Lukeville or Why, to assist with costs in attending a vocational school of their choice.

To be considered for the Scholarship applicants must meet the geographic resident requirements. Well-rounded high school seniors who demonstrate a significant commitment of volunteer service to our community are encouraged to apply.
Awarding of the Kord Klinefelter Memorial Scholarship is contingent on several criteria including acceptance to and enrollment in a Trade School (ie Auto, HVAC, Welding, Plumbing, Electrician, Utilities , Culinary, Cosmetology, etc.) and a complete application. Additionally, applicants are required to submit an essay demonstrating their passion to create a better world.

Scholarship recipients are expected to use their resources wisely, and uphold a high standard of conduct. Funds will be dispersed directly to program for tution,fees, tools, etc. and not the student.

The Kord Klinefelter Memorial Scholarship award is an outright grant. Although recipients are under no obligation to make repayment, it is hoped that once graduated and engaged in a productive career they will help honor the memory of Kord by giving future students a similar financial opportunity or mentoring in their field.

To keep the process simple, we have adopted the same application as Ajo Unified.
Applications can either be completed using pdf or printed & completed. ALL required attachments, except letters of recommendation, must be submitted at the same time your application is submitted. DO NOT send materials separately.
Your complete application, including all attachments, can be submitted electronically sent via email to with the name of the scholarship in the Subject line of your email or submitted in person at the Ajo Unified School Administration Office if school is in session.

Because Trade schools do not have a firm semester like traditional colleges and to encourage personal growth, there is NOT an firm April application Deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Your application will be reviewed by members of the Scholarship Committee and Board. Selection will be based on a student’s commitment to service in our community, overall academic progress and involvement in extracurricular activities.

Finalists may be contacted for an interview. Students will be notified by email of any scholarship award or denial within 90 days.

Application Requirements:

Completed and signed application –emailed with required attachments.

Official high school transcript showing a GPA of at least 2.5

A brief description of planned area of study and career goals

An essay must accompany your application. It must be typed, double spaced using 12 point Times New Roman font and should be no more two pages long.

Remember! Keep a copy of your application for your records. 
Questions? Email

Incomplete applications will not be considered.