Wichita, KS. June 25, 2018 – The Rudd Foundation recognized 20 Kansas high school seniors at its annual dinner as members of the first cohort of Rudd Scholarship winners. The four-year financial commitment to support this cohort of Rudd Scholars is estimated at $1.1 million. "We couldn't be more pleased with the exceptionally high-caliber, well-rounded students that were chosen for this year's Rudd Scholarship," said Peter Najera, President of the Rudd Foundation.
Wichita, KS. May 1, 2018 – The Rudd Foundation 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."
The Rudd Foundation has created a new college scholarship program to help Kansas residents who qualify for a Pell Grant to attend either Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University or Wichita State University. The deadline to apply is March 11, 2018 and the application must be completed online at: www.ruddfoundation.org/college-scholarships/
"These first generation students are pioneers for their families," said ESU President Allison D. Garrett. "We understand how important this goal is for them and have developed a number of programs to help them achieve their dreams."
"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," the Rudd Foundation said in a news release announcing the scholarship.
FHSU President Tisa Mason — a first-generation college graduate — said that mission is congruent with the goals of Fort Hays as an institution. “I know that recruiting first-generation students in particular is important to Kansas and certainly, as you all know, that is very parallel to my journey as a first-generation student,” she said Friday. “It sends a very important message of the importance of an advanced education, which without a doubt is a life-changer and a transformative experience for everyone who’s been able to go to college.”
“The cost of higher education can be especially challenging for first-generation students,” said Dr. Tisa Mason, FHSU president, who was the first in her family to get a college education. “That makes gifts such as this one from the Rudd Foundation especially valuable, not only for the direct benefit to the students who will receive them, but for the message it sends about the importance of advanced education to create innovative leaders in business, education and citizenship,” she said.
Emporia State University has been chosen by the Rudd Foundation for a new scholarship opportunity. "So many students have the dream of attending college, and family resources might not allow that to be a reality," said Allison Garrett, President of ESU. "For several students, this will make a difference for them."
The Rudd Foundation has created a new scholarship for incoming college freshman. Wednesday morning Rudd Foundation representatives and ESU staff members held a special presentation for the Rudd Scholarship. The scholarship aims to assist first generation underrepresented college students during their education at either ESU, Wichita State or Fort Hayes State.
"We aren't just looking for great students; we're searching for those with a real commitment and drive to achieve something larger," said Peter Najera, President of the Rudd Foundation. "Our Scholars will appreciate that this isn't just a grant to pay bill, but a lifetime opportunity to achieve their potential if they continue to work hard."