Ed Wynn/SAFE Memorial Scholarship


When Ed Wynn passed away suddenly in 1997 his family wanted to help others while honoring him in a positive and fun way. He was always remembered for saying “Let’s get together and laugh.” 


The Ed Wynn Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has awarded over $70,000 in financial assistance, was set up to provide an annual scholarship to the children of local first responders 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 has always relied on donations from the Annual Larry Stewart/SAFE Memorial Golf Classic. However, safety restrictions resulting from the Covid Pandemic have severely limited our ability to conduct fundraising events such as this. With that said, the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission and SAFE are committed to continuing our support for first responder families through benefit and holiday payments and these scholarships.


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.


What can family members do to recognize and address potential concerns and promote mental health and wellness in their first responder loved one?


  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 in Kansas: Shawnee, Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte; and in Missouri: Platte, Clay, Jackson, Cass, Henry and Buchanan.

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

2022 Recipient


Allison Loar

Staley High School / Kansas State University


Grace Green

Northwest Missouri State University

For questions, please contact:

Jan Zimmerman, SAFE Director


816-960-6800 Ext. 236