Marion student's scholarship is an 'answered prayer'

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.

W. Kansas students among new Rudd Scholars at FHSU

“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.”

Aundrea Haberer awarded a 2019 Rudd Scholarship

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.

Fort Hays State welcomes 2nd class of Rudd Scholars

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.

Karime Vargas Wins Rudd Scholarship

For most people, the fear of not fitting in or being different holds them back, but for people like Karime Vargas, it’s what sets them one step ahead of the crowd. Starting elementary school as an ESL student, whose primary language was Spanish, Karime quickly found herself immersed in a whole new world with different sounds and different customs. Instead of allowing this to hold her back, she took the experience to make her better. From the start she had to work harder than her peers to simply understand the language barriers between home and school. At times this was both frustrating and confusing, but she never gave up; instead she let it motivate her to do more and learn more. Throughout her education at Lyons, Karime emerged as a leader in the classroom, athletics, her church, and the community.