September 28

September 28


Reese Witherspoon - 2023 Scholarship Winner

PLEASE NOTE: Application Deadline has passed for 2024.

The Anderson County Corn Festival, Inc. is a 501c4 non-profit organization, whose specific objectives and purposes are:

  • To establish, maintain and operate an annual festival to promote the improvement and patronage of cultural events, live theater, visual, and musical arts in Anderson County, Kansas;
  • To Establish, maintain and operate festival facilities for the general artistic use by the general public in Anderson County;
  • To educate, train and mentor individuals in the operation, management and leadership of a festival and/or special events for fund-raising purposes for community, civic, church and non-for-profit organizations.

The 2023 Cornstock Scholarship recipient is Reese Witherspoon of Garnett.  Reese Witherspoon is the daughter of Adam and Gina Witherspoon and is a 2023 graduate of Anderson County High School. She plans to pursue the study of veterinarian medicine and will be attending Allen County Community College this fall.

In her application, Reece states: “The importance of volunteering is extremely significant in today’s day and age. Without it, we would simply not have any of our big events (like Cornstock). Volunteering means a lot to me on many levels. Simply because you could be volunteering for either the biggest events around or mowing someone else’s lawn because they can’t. Not only does volunteering show how much you want to be active in the community, but it helps you make connections and lifelong friendships that will last. Volunteering has brought me out of my comfort zone and made me a leader, not only for my friends but for my 4-H Club where I hold the office of Vice President along with holding the office position for the 4-H Council as President. I think of volunteering as a selfless act for our community.” Miss Witherspoon has also been a volunteer elsewhere in the community, helping with the Carmelite Stars Valentine Dinner, set up and tear down of Square Fair, and helped with the Garnett Fire Department Open House, Square Fair breakfast, and Chili and Soup Supper.

Reese’s family have been very active volunteers in organizing and hosting the Cornstock Music Festival for several years. Reese states, “I have been involved with Cornstock since I was little.” The fifteen-member Board of Directors commend Reese’s contributions over the years. From helping with setup and tear down of the event; from putting up fencing and hanging banners, to working the entertainment’s merchandise tents or running errands. Reese has been a valuable volunteer.
Congratulations to Reese!

Reese Witherspoon (center) accepts Scholarship from Board President Gina Witherspoon and Board of Director Wes Skillman.

2023 Scholarship Recipient :

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:  The Anderson County Corn Festival, Inc. is a 501 (c) (4) non-profit organization that encourages community involvement, specifically by area youth. A minimum of one (1) annual scholarship in the amount of $250 or more has been established by ACCF to be awarded to one recipient who is currently enrolled in high school or higher education and they must be or have been an active Anderson County Corn Festival volunteer.  Annual Deadline: Application must be received BY March 20, 2024.