Rudd Foundation Opens Scholarship Application

Wichita, KS – For the second year in a row, the Rudd Foundation is offering renewable, 4-year college scholarships to Kansas high school seniors who are Pell Grant-eligible. The scholarship can only be used at Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University or Wichita State University. There are currently 20 Rudd Scholars enrolled as first year students.

“This scholarship program is firmly rooted in the Midwestern values of humility, grit, hard work, and integrity that make Kansas and its people great,” said Peter Najera, President of the Rudd Foundation, “We are searching for some real go-getters.”

The Rudd Scholarship will cover 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.

The scholarship aspires to help Kansas minds stay in Kansas. “We hope graduates of this program will go on to build new businesses here in Kansas, teach in our schools, lead in our communities and achieve excellence in all that they do right here in Kansas,” said Najera. In addition to carrying a full load of classes towards their 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.

Students must apply online at where you can also learn more about the eligibility requirements and selection criteria.

Deadline to Apply:  Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11:59 pm Central Standard Time (Midnight)

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.

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