Independence Student Receives Scholarship from Communities In Schools of Mid-America

Independence, KS – Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America, an affiliate of the national organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and on a path to graduation, is proud to announce the recipient of its annual scholarship opportunity. Michael Miller of Independence High School in Independence, KS, has been chosen as this year’s Tyler Gerhardt Memorial Scholarship recipient.

In his application materials, Miller stated that he planned to attend Independence Community College (ICC) to get his certificate in IT, specializing in cyber security. Afterward, he will transfer to Wichita State University (WSU) to further his degree in computer science, continuing his specialization in cyber security while getting a dual degree in journalism and government. He also wants to focus on getting into student government at both ICC and WSU.

Nicole Wood, CIS of Mid-America Student Support Coordinator at Independence High School, said, “I am proud of Michael and how far he has come in the two years of knowing him. He is looking forward to starting his journey into adulthood which begins with attending Independence Community College this fall.”

The Tyler Gerhardt Memorial Scholarship honors the life of Tyler Gerhardt to continue his legacy of hard work, ambition, and determination. Tyler is the son of Donnie Gerhardt, a respected staff member of CIS of Mid-America, who retired in 2018 after five years of service to the organization. Students receiving this award must demonstrate characteristics of Tyler Gerhardt and have participated in CIS of Mid-America case-management services. The $500 scholarship can be used towards tuition, school fees, housing, books, or materials/supplies.


About Communities In Schools of Mid-America®

Communities In Schools of Mid-America® (CIS of Mid-America™), is part of the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering underserved students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids – regardless of the challenges they may face – have what they need to realize their potential. The CIS of Mid-America™ network, with its main office in Lawrence, KS, provides services in 70 schools to approximately 39,000 students each year by placing Student Support Coordinators directly inside the schools to work with students. Learn more at