Rudd Foundation president, Peter F. Najera, was named a 2019 Leader in Diversity and Inclusion by the Wichita Business Journal for his work in establishing and implementing the Rudd Scholarship program.
The Rudd Scholarship is a not-for-profit Kansas program founded by Mr. Leslie Rudd in 2017. Mr. Rudd, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, created the Rudd Scholarship Program to fund educational opportunities for Pell-eligible Kansans seeking to complete a four-year college education in the state of Kansas.
Awards and Honors include: Governors Scholar, Kansas Honor Scholar, and Rudd Foundation Full-Ride Scholarship Recipient. Also was Student Council President, Class of 2019 President, Youth Advisory Council Vice President, Future Business Leaders of America Chapter Editor, National Honor Society, Scholars Bowl, Musical, and Yearbook Copy Editor.
The Rudd Foundation announced Tuesday, March 19th that Trinity Wagner from Beloit Junior/Senior High School has received a four-year college scholarship to attend Fort Hays State University. The scholarship covers all remaining tuition and fees, books and supplies, and room and board.
Marion senior Drew Helmer chose Wichita State University as her college more than a year ago, but had no idea how she was going to pay for college. That question was answered Thursday, when she was awarded a 4-year, $85,000 scholarship to attend Wichita State University by the Rudd Foundation.
Drew’s mother, Kim, found out the night before, and said she had a difficult time keeping the secret. “I came to my parents crying because it was so many answered prayers,” Kim said.
Paola High School senior Johnathan “Trey” Young recently was selected as a recipient of the Rudd Scholarship, and he was surprised with the honor when a big check was handed to him at the high school.
“This scholarship strives to find the brightest Kansas minds – those who have that grit, integrity, and drive to succeed – and empower those students with the resources to achieve their goals,” said Dr. Tisa Mason, FHSU president. “At Fort Hays State, we are thrilled to provide innovative educational opportunities, vibrant learning communities, state-of-the-art technology, world-class internships and unparalleled opportunities for experiential learning inside and out of the classroom – and all at the most affordable tuition rate in the Kansas and the region.”
Beloit High School senior Trinity Wagner is one of 25 students of the second class of Rudd Scholars who will each receive a four year college scholarship to attend either Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University or Wichita State University.
Aundrea Haberer, a senior at Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School, was one of the 25 chosen for a 2019 Rudd scholarship. Haberer plans to attend Fort Hays State University next year. “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.
Each speaker at Tuesday’s Rudd Foundation presentation at Fort Hays State University talked about grit, determination and a strong work ethic. Those traits are the cornerstone on which the Rudd Scholarship Program was formed, and they are ones that the scholarship selection committee feels Rudd Scholars should possess.