Rudd Foundation Announces 20 Scholarship Winners in Kansas

Wichita, KS. May 1, 2018 – This year the Rudd Foundation created a new, 4-year college scholarship program that covers any remaining cost of attendance to help Kansas high school seniors who qualify for a Pell Grant attend either Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University or Wichita State University. Today it announced 20 winners from across the state who will comprise the first-ever cohort of Rudd Scholars (full list attached).

“It was an extremely competitive candidate pool which speaks to the quality of high school students we are cultivating here in Kansas,” said Peter Najera, President of the Rudd Foundation. “Our winners not only achieved academic excellence in the classroom, but they are already demonstrating the drive and potential to be productive members of society after graduation.”

In addition to living on campus and carrying a full load of classes towards their college degree, scholars will also participate in many developmental activities outside the classroom, network with leaders in their future professions, build strong relationships among themselves, and serve to help the next generation of scholars through an active and connected alumni association after graduation.

About the Rudd Scholarship

The Rudd Scholarship is a renewable, 4-year program that covers any remaining cost of attendance after all other aid, grants, and scholarships are applied to a student’s account. Cost of attendance includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and room and board. By removing financial barriers to a college education, chosen scholars are expected to achieve a high level of excellence on campus in preparing themselves to be leaders in their profession and in their communities after graduation. More information about the scholarship can be found online at www.ruddfoundation.org/college-scholarships.  

About the Rudd Foundation

Leslie Rudd established the Rudd Foundation in 1998 as a way to honor the Midwestern values that strengthen character and lead to a lifetime of success in business, community, and family. The Foundation gives back in meaningful ways to help both people and organizations who possess the initiative, determination, and capacity to achieve their goals and thereby make a positive impact for those around them. More information can be found at www.ruddfoundation.org, Twitter (@RuddFoundation), Instagram (@ruddfoundation), Facebook (@RuddFoundation) or Linkedin.

Contact: Corri Roberts, 316-847-4828, corri.roberts@ruddfoundation.org

2018 Rudd Scholarship Winners

Name                                                                               High School                                                University

Sara Amend                                                          Goodland High School                              Wichita State University

Cara Babcock                                                        Lansing High School                               Emporia State University

Cydney Bergmann                                        Concordia Jr/Sr High School                        Fort Hays State University

Taylor Brock                                                         El Dorado High School                             Wichita State University

Jade Burroughs                                                 Salina South High School                          Wichita State University

Jadie Chauncey                                                Junction City High School                         Wichita State University

Aaron Clark                                                        Great Bend High School                           Emporia State University

Michaela Forkenbrock                                        Lyndon High School                              Emporia State University

Meleny Jacome-Banuelos                         Stanton County Jr/Sr High School               Fort Hays State University

Danica Kostner                                                   Kingman High School                             Fort Hays State University

Riston Landwehr                                    Medicine Lodge Jr/Sr High School                    Wichita State University

Taryn Lee                                                         Valley Falls High School                             Emporia State University

Shaley Leedy                                        Field Kindley Memorial High School                  Wichita State University

Tatyana Miner                                               Clearwater High School                              Wichita State University

Jesse Nightingale                                   St. Emmilia Classical Academy                        Wichita State University

Hoang Phi Tran                                          Wichita South High School                            Wichita State University

Michael Rivera                                  Shawnee Mission North High School                   Wichita State University

Hannah Showalter                                          Andover High School                                Emporia State University

Abbigayle Tyler                                            Hutchinson High School                              Wichita State University

Rafael Uribe-Olivares                                  Garden City High School                             Wichita State University

More information about the scholarship can be found online at www.ruddfoundation.org/college-scholarships.