Wichita Business Journal: Wichita foundation launches scholarship program for underserved demographics

The Rudd Foundation on Friday announced a $400,000 scholarship program to help Kansans who quality for a federally funded Pell Grant to attend Wichita State University, Emporia State University or Fort Hays State University. Pell Grants are typically awarded to students of low-income families. About 20 scholarships will be awarded in the program’s first year. "It's our hope that we can continue to find those diamonds in the rough," says Peter Najera, President of the Rudd Foundation.

KSN Channel 3 News: Rudd Foundation announces new Kansas college scholarship program

Wichita, Kan. (KSNW) - 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 scholarship aspires to help Kansas minds stay in Kansas. "We hope graduates of this program will go on to build new businesses here, teach in our schools, lead in our communities and achieve excellence in all that they do right here in Kansas," said Rudd Foundation President Peter Najera.

WSU News: Rudd Foundation offers new scholarship program for WSU students

The Rudd Foundation has created a new college scholarship program that will help Wichita State students who are also Kansas residents cover the cost of their education. Eligible students must qualify for a Pell Grant, with preference given to first-generation and underrepresented 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.”

Rudd Foundation Announces New Kansas College Scholarship Program

Wichita, KS – 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 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 Rudd Scholarship is a Kansas program for Kansas residents and gives preference to first generation and underrepresented 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 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.

“We aren’t just looking for great students; we’re searching for those with a real commitment and drive to achieve something larger,” said Najera, “Our Scholars will appreciate that this isn’t just a grant to pay bills, but a lifetime opportunity to achieve their potential if they continue to work hard.”

Students must apply online at www.ruddfoundation.org/college-scholarships where you can also learn more about the eligibility requirements and selection criteria.

Deadline to Apply:  Sunday, March 11th, 2018 at 11:59 pm Central Standard Time (Midnight)

About 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.

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