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.


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.


To what extent does your first responder parent talk to your family about emotionally difficult calls? Do you think it’s better for first responders to talk to their families about the difficult things they see on the job, or should they avoid bringing these things home to their spouse and/or children? What outlets (within your family or external) are available to your first responder parent, and what steps can you (their child) take to improve their utilization of these outlets?


  1. 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 3.0 or higher.

  4. Be of good character with no criminal background.

  5. Be a child of or under the legal guardianship of an active sworn public safety officer (police officer, firefighter or EMT/paramedic) employed by an agency headquartered in one of the 12 counties covered by SAFE: Shawnee (KS), Douglas (KS), Johnson (KS), Leavenworth (KS), Wyandotte (KS), Miami (KS), Platte (MO), Clay (MO), Jackson (MO), Cass (MO), Henry (MO), Buchanan (MO)

  6. Children of KC Crime Commission staff or board members are ineligible for this scholarship.

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



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