Photo courtesy the Greater Kansas City Two-Cylinder Club.
Glenn Ratzlaff was raised on a farm in Freeman, South Dakota, and it was there that his passion for farming and the associated tractors influenced him. In the early 1990s, Glenn returned to South Dakota and brought back the pieces that used to be a family tractor. Glenn rebuilt and restored the tractor, one of many in his collection, to the pristine quality for which they are known. Glenn joined the Greater Kansas City Two-Cylinder Club (GKCTCC) in 1993 and held the office of third Vice-President (1996-1997), President (1998-1999) and Historian (2006-2013). As an active member, Glenn chose to display his tractors in many of the parades The Club chose to participate.
On Oct. 26, 2013, Glenn was driving one of his tractors to the Independence Halloween Parade when he was involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. Glenn suffered traumatic injury and died on Nov. 8, 2013. Glenn was passionate about tractors and sharing his knowledge, the history and heritage of farm tractors with others, especially the younger generation. In an effort to honor Glenn and this passion, the GKCTCC initiated the Glenn Ratzlaff Memorial Scholarship.
Eligibility and documentation required
Eligible applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree or technical certification in an agricultural equipment technology program. An applicant is eligible to receive a one-time scholarship of $750.00. Upon selection and acceptance of this scholarship, the awardee will no longer be eligible to apply for future awards.
Each applicant must:
• Complete the application form in its entirety
• Submit proof of admission to an agricultural equipment program or college
• Provide a letter of recommendation from a non-family member
Selection process and award presentation
Application and supporting documents must be submitted by mail no later than Oct. 1, 2018, to:
Glenn Ratzlaff Memorial Scholarship
GKC Two-Cylinder Club
P.O. Box 14071
Lenexa, KS 66285
Greater Kansas City Two-Cylinder Club Vice-Presidents will review all entries and select the scholarship recipient. The recipient of the scholarship will be notified and receive the award, with official recognition, at the November meeting of the GKCTCC.