The Buffalo Bill Center of the West announces a new scholarship opportunity for local high school seniors—the K.T. Roes Memorial Scholarship, created in honor of K.T. Roes’s passion for the community of Cody and the Center of the West.
During her rich and diverse career, Roes worked as a librarian and as a journalist, started her own public relations, advertising, and publishing agency, and in recent years focused on publishing through her company Wordsworth Publishing. For a time, Roes served as interim Public Relations Director of the then-named Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The Center of the West figured prominently in, and benefited greatly from, her volunteer efforts through the years.
As a constant throughout her life, Roes valued and practiced service to her community—her family describes her as having dedicated her life to “improving Cody one volunteer hour at a time.” To that end she served on innumerable committees and projects including the Stampede Parade Committee, Cody’s Main Street project, the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce, and the predecessor of today’s Forward Cody. Roes was an active volunteer for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, including for the annual Patrons Ball, as well as a Trustee of the Center and an advisor to the Center’s Buffalo Bill Museum. Roes passed away in 2014.
Roes’s immediate family—husband Ted and children Ford and Catherine (Cathy)—note that K.T. would be proud to know the scholarship recipients will make a difference going forward. Cathy says, “We still believe that community and service to community are incredibly important.”
The K.T. Roes Memorial Scholarship is open to graduating seniors from Cody High School, Heart Mountain Academy, and Cody-area homeschool students. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded this year and may be used by recipients at college, trade, or vocational school. The application deadline is March 12, 2019. The selection of awardees will be based on the following criteria: 50 percent financial need, 25 percent educational merit, and 25 percent community service.
Those wishing to apply may request application materials at the Cody High School Guidance Office, or by contacting Gretchen Henrich, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Interpretive Education Director, at [email protected] or 307-578-4061.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s pages on Facebook and Twitter.
Contact: Gretchen Henrich at [email protected] or 307-578-4061.
Image: K.T. Roes. Photo courtesy of Roes family.