Local students receive recognition scholarships

Four students with Harvey County ties were recently awarded the Maud Wyatt Recognition Scholarship given out by the Kansas Independent College Foundation.

Local scholars receiving the award this year included Bethel College chemistry major Kaci Wilson (Sterling), Hesston College English major Hannah Klusman (Ford), Bethany College digital art major Lydia Nicholson (Hesston) and Central Christian College of Kansas elementary education major Melissa Reimer (Hesston) — with the first listed being two of the five recipients to hold a perfect 4.0 GPA.

A total of up to 20 such recognition scholarships are awarded each year to full-time, degree-seeking students on the cusp of graduation, with each having demonstrated excellence in academics, character and integrity, and a commitment to the value of a private college education in Kansas. These students maintain GPAs of 3.5 or above while also contributing to their respective communities. This year, 19 individuals were honored by the KICF.

KICF member institutions are Baker University, Barclay College, Benedictine College, Bethany College, Bethel College, Central Christian College of Kansas, Cleveland University Kansas City, Donnelly College, Friends University, Hesston College, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Manhattan Christian College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Newman University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College and the University of Saint Mary.

The scholarship was established in 1995 through the generosity of Maud Wyatt, whose bequest has supported the work of KICF and its institutions since 1961. The Kansas Independent College Foundation seeks to develop, promote and direct unified approaches to selected corporations, foundations and individuals for financial support of Kansas’ independent colleges and universities. Details, including the winners’ GPAs, can be found at http://www.kscolleges.org/mwet-scholarship.