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Kelly Lynn Lutz Foundation Awards 1st Scholarship to Dodge City Teen

Memorial fund providing college scholarships to children who have lost a parent to cancer selects Roxanna Montes as first recipient.

The Kelly Lynn Lutz Foundation has selected Roxanna Montes of Dodge City, Kansas for the inaugural award of a four year scholarship.  Ms. Montes, who lost her mother to breast cancer in October, is a senior with a 3.8 grade point average at Dodge City High School. She plans to attend Kansas State University in the fall. The KLL Foundation scholarship will provide her financial support totaling $1000 per year, an award that is renewable for four years.


Roxanna was an excellent choice for the first KLL scholarship

“The KLL Foundation is about helping children overcome the loss of a parent to cancer,” said Shane Lutz, president of the KLL Foundation. Mr. Lutz and his family started the foundation following his wife Kelly’s death on May 9, 2008.

“All of the applicants in our inaugural year were exceptional, but something about Roxanna spoke to each member of the board,” continued Mr. Lutz. “We are very proud to offer her our unanimous support in Kelly’s name.”

Montes is the youngest of 3 children and her mother was well known for routinely volunteering for school and community programs throughout her battle with cancer. While she grew up without knowing her father, Montes has two siblings including a sister who is a teacher in the Dodge City area and a brother who recently served in Iraq as a Marine. Montes intends to follow her older sister’s footsteps by pursuing a degree in Elementary Education at Kansas State University next fall.

“The loss of my mother has been very hard for me,” commented Ms. Montes. “Since she was diagnosed with cancer, I tried to make her proud by excelling in school and in our community. She always wanted me to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher so I know she’s pleased that is exactly what I’m going to do.”

Two other applicants, Isabella Roberts of Overland Park, Kansas and Stephanie Bonowicz of White Stone, New York, also received one year scholarships totaling $500 each. Ms. Montes will be presented her award at a fundraising dinner to be held at the Leawood Hereford House. Tickets to the event are available through the foundation’s website,

Informationabout next year’s award will be posted on the foundation’s website and questions can be submitted to

About the KLL Foundation
The Kelly Lynn Lutz Foundation was established to provide scholarships and financial assistance for students who lose a parent to cancer.  Lutz, who was a loving and well respected wife and mother of two, died May 9, 2008 after a 9 year battle with breast cancer.

Contributions supporting future scholarships can be mailed to the KLL Memorial Scholarship Fund at PO Box 23395, Shawnee Mission, KS  66283.  Donations are tax exempt.

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