Rudd Foundation Commits $1.1 Million in College Scholarships

Wichita, KS. June 25, 2018 – The Rudd Foundation recognized 20 Kansas high school seniors at its annual dinner as members of the first cohort of Rudd Scholarship winners. These Kansas residents earned a four-year college scholarship that covers all remaining tuition and fees, books and supplies, and room and board to attend either Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University or Wichita State University (full list attached). The four-year financial commitment to support this cohort of Rudd Scholars is estimated at $1.1 million.

“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. “They are not only great leaders in the classroom, but also in the workplace, on the sports fields and in their communities. Though these students have diverse interests and backgrounds, what they certainly have in common are the Midwestern values of grit, humility, determination and work ethic.”

The Rudd Scholarship is a Kansas program that strives to help Kansas “Go-Getters” stay in Kansas after graduation and build new businesses, teach in its schools, lead in its communities and achieve excellence in all that they do while living in Kansas. In addition to living on campus and carrying a full load of classes towards their college 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 view this scholarship as an investment in the extraordinary potential of these young adults as well as the talent pipeline of the state,” said Najera. “This program will enable these students to achieve their long term goals after graduation and be 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 for Pell-eligible Kansas residents, 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 about the scholarship can be found online at www.ruddfoundation.org/college-scholarships/. Current news on the program can also be seen on Twitter (@RuddFoundation), Instagram (@ruddfoundation), Facebook (@RuddFoundation) and Linkedin.

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

2018 Rudd Scholarship Winners

Name                                                                               High School                                                University

Sara Amend                                                          Goodland High School                              Wichita State University

Cara Babcock                                                        Lansing High School                               Emporia State University

Cydney Bergmann                                        Concordia Jr/Sr High School                        Fort Hays State University

Taylor Brock                                                         El Dorado High School                             Wichita State University

Jade Burroughs                                                 Salina South High School                          Wichita State University

Jadie Chauncey                                                Junction City High School                         Wichita State University

Aaron Clark                                                        Great Bend High School                           Emporia State University

Michaela Forkenbrock                                        Lyndon High School                              Emporia State University

Meleny Jacome-Banuelos                         Stanton County Jr/Sr High School               Fort Hays State University

Danica Kostner                                                   Kingman High School                             Fort Hays State University

Riston Landwehr                                    Medicine Lodge Jr/Sr High School                    Wichita State University

Taryn Lee                                                         Valley Falls High School                             Emporia State University

Shaley Leedy                                        Field Kindley Memorial High School                  Wichita State University

Tatyana Miner                                               Clearwater High School                              Wichita State University

Jesse Nightingale                                   St. Emmilia Classical Academy                        Wichita State University

Hoang Phi Tran                                          Wichita South High School                            Wichita State University

Michael Rivera                                  Shawnee Mission North High School                   Wichita State University

Hannah Showalter                                          Andover High School                                Emporia State University

Abbigayle Tyler                                            Hutchinson High School                              Wichita State University

Rafael Uribe-Olivares                                  Garden City High School                             Wichita State University

More information about the scholarship can be found online at www.ruddfoundation.org/college-scholarships.