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, firstname.lastname@example.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.