The Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission

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Ed Wynn/SAFE Memorial Scholarship


When Ed Wynn suddenly passed away in 1997 his family wanted to remember him in a positive and fun way, as well as help others.  His famous saying was “Let’s get together and laugh.”  The Ed Wynn Memorial Scholarship Fund, which to date has awarded over $60,000 in financial assistance, was set up to provide an annual scholarship to individuals who want to pursue a college education.  In 2008, the Ed Wynn Memorial Scholarship Fund became a Lifetime Member of SAFE and became known as the Ed Wynn/SAFE Memorial Scholarship Fund.


The Ed Wynn/SAFE Memorial Scholarship Fund relies on donations from the Annual Larry Stewart/SAFE Memorial Golf Classic. Cash, in-kind-donations and door prizes from businesses and individuals make the Golf Classic and Scholarship Fund possible.

2019 Recipients

High School Winner

Grace Hartman

St. James Academy

College Winner

Alexander Hongslo

Kansas State University

For questions, please contact:

Jan Zimmerman, SAFE Director



Each year, the Ed Wynn/SAFE Memorial Scholarship Fund provides one qualifying high school senior and one college, trade or vocational student with assistance for college expenses by offering each a one-time $5,000 academic scholarship.

2019 ESSAY TOPIC: "It is common knowledge that with the job of a first responder comes the risk of being killed in the line of duty. However, there are many other risks that come along with the job that less people are aware of. Please discuss the short-term and/or long-term effects, both physical and mental."


  1. Must be a high school senior or college student or college level trade/vocational school student under the age of 23 pursuing an undergraduate degree or trade/vocational school equivalent.

  2. Not be a previous awardee/winner of the Ed Wynn/SAFE Memorial Scholarship.

  3. Have a current or last recorded GPA of 2.0 or higher.

  4. Be of good character with no criminal background.

  5. Be a child of or under the legal guardianship of an active public safety officer (police officer, fire fighter or EMT/paramedic) employed in the geographic area covered by SAFE.