Rudd Foundation awards $1.4mil in scholarships to 25 Kansas high school seniors

Wichita, KS. March 19, 2019 – The Rudd Foundation is proud to announce its second class of Rudd Scholars who will each receive a 4-year college scholarship to attend either Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University or Wichita State University (full list attached). The scholarship covers all remaining tuition and fees, books and supplies, and room and board. The expected value for all 25 winners over four years is $1.4mil.  

“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. “We expect them to maintain their grades and graduate in 4 years and in return they will earn their degree debt free.”

This year, 15 students will be going to Wichita State, 5 will attend Emporia State, and 5 will take their scholarship to Fort Hays State. The Rudd Scholarship is earned through a competitive selection process that requires grades, test scores, essays, letters of recommendation, and for the 50 semifinalists a personal interview. The process opened in the Fall and drew hundreds of applications from all four corners of the state.

“Kansas high schools continue to produce very talented young men and women imbued with the Midwestern values of grit, determination and work ethic and we are excited to make an investment in them through a college education,” said Najera. “These 25 recipients, in addition to the 19 previously selected, brings us to a total of 44 Rudd Scholars in college who will continue to support each other as they are groomed to strengthen the talent pipeline here in Kansas upon graduation.”

In addition to living on campus and carrying a full load of classes towards their college degree, scholars will receive mentoring and success coaching to help them graduate in four years. They 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.

“In just two more years we will have nearly 100 Rudd Scholars on campus learning from one another,” said Najera, “and a few years after that they will all be networking with one another throughout the state as they continue on their trajectory of being positive contributors to our Kansas communities and society as a whole.”

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 can be found online at www.ruddfoundation.org, Twitter (@RuddFoundation), Instagram (@ruddfoundation), Facebook (@RuddFoundation) or LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/rudd-foundation/).

2019 Rudd Scholarship Winners

Name High School University

Wyatt Abell Oakley High School Wichita State University

Darbee Chard Chanute High School Wichita State University

Wendy De Loera Wichita East High School Wichita State University

Storm Dial Emporia High School Wichita State University

Gage Farney Sterling High School Fort Hays State University

Brady Flesner Medicine Lodge Jr/Sr High School Wichita State University

Julie Gonzalez-Morales Sumner Academy of Arts and Science Wichita State University

Rafael Granillo Moscow High School Emporia State University

Aundrea Haberer Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School Fort Hays State University

Ayanna Hensley Dodge City High School Fort Hays State University

Maria Jimenez Yates Center High School Wichita State University

Brooke Keith Meade High School Wichita State University

Cali Keith Meade High School Wichita State University

Codi Kentner Quinter High School Wichita State University

Kennedi Meiers West Franklin High School Wichita State University

Ronald Michel Wichita County Jr/Sr High School Wichita State University

Angel Mong Wheatland High School Fort Hays State University

David Nevarez-Saenz Sumner Academy of Arts and Science Wichita State University

Abigail Noyes Seaman High School Emporia State University

Lauren O'Donnell Blue Valley High School Wichita State University

Abbygail Rowden Canton-Galva High School Emporia State University

Karime Vargas Lyons High School Emporia State University

Trinity Wagner Beloit Jr-Sr High School Fort Hays State University

Ian Weaver Hesston High School Wichita State University

Johnathan Young Paola High School Emporia State University

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