FACT: There's been an 18% increase in contest participation by members in the past year    
FACT: 64% of KCBS members own three or more grills/smokers    
FACT: 70% of our members grill-out/cook BBQ more than 25 times per year    
FACT: 56% of Americans report having a smartphone, 77% of KCBS members do    
FACT: 70% of KCBS members use Facebook    
FACT: 55% of members choose charcoal when cooking for leisure    
FACT: 23% of KCBS members work in the food service industry as a restauranteur or caterer    
FACT: Learning from friends, family and at competitions is the best way to improve cooking skills    
Joining KCBS has its privileges!
  • The official KCBS monthly newsletter, "The Bullsheet"
  • Save $5 when you buy 3 bags of Adirondack Grilling Pellets
  • Access KCBS Preferred Rates at Choice Hotels
  • 10% off all Creekstone Farms® products
  • 10% off any ICEHOLE Cooler or the option to customize your ICEHOLE Cooler with your team or KCBS logo for $50.00.
  • 15% off your total order from Papa Tony's seasonings and ribs.
  • One-day shopping pass at any Restaurant Depot location when you present your KCBS membership card.
  • 20% off your total order from Sadler's Smokehouse online store.
  • $0.50 off TABASCO Chipotle or any pepper sauce flavor!
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2018 KCBS Scholarship Online Application


Please complete the following application and press the Submit Form button at the bottom of the page. Please note that your application is not saved until you press Submit From button. Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on April 30, 2018. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Click here to return to the 2018 KCBS Scholarship page.


1. Student Information

Name (Last name, First name):
Permanent Home Mailing Address
Phone Number (with Area Code)
Email Address:

High School Seniors Complete This Section - Returning College Students Skip this Section

College Test Scores SAT score:_____ ACT score:_____ Other (Add test name and score)
Name of Current High School
High school grade point average (transcript required below)
Name of College/University to Enroll Fall 2018
Intended Major/Field of Study

Returning College Students Complete this Section - High School Students Skip this Section

Student status next Fall (2018) Freshman
College grade point average (transcript required below)
Major/Field of Study
Have you been a previous recipient of scholarship funding from KCBS? (Yes/No) If yes, please indicate year and amount of award(s).

2. KCBS Parent Information

KCBS Member Parent’s Name
Parent’s KCBS Membership Number
How many years as a KCBS member?

3. Written Essay

Please provide a response to each of the following essay questions.

Essay #1: At this point in your life, what are your career plans and life goals? (Limit your answer to 250 words or less)
Essay #2: Describe your involvement in the BBQ arena and any major lessons learned from your involvement. (Limit your answer to 250 words or less)

4. Transcript

Upload your high school transcript (if a HS senior) OR your college transcript here (if a college student) in .pdf format. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

5. Letters of Recommendation

One letter must be from a school guidance counselor/advisor, teacher, or other school official. The other letter may be from an employer, religious leader, or other individual who can attest to your character and community contributions. Note: Letters submitted by the student or parents will not be accepted.

In order for your scholarship application to be considered complete, two letters of recommendation must be submitted. Please give the following URL to your letter writers and ask that they upload their letter of recommendation no later than April 30, 2018.

KCBS Letters of Recommendation

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